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Saturday 4 January, 2020

From the Garden: Looks aren't everything - consider growing celeriac in this year's veg patch
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From the Garden: Looks aren't everything - consider growing celeriac in this year's veg patch

Jan 4th 2020, 1:00 PM 9,650 Views 6 Comments

It is a delicious vegetable included in mashed potato or even grated raw.

Saturday 28 December, 2019

From the Garden: Growing tired of leftover turkey? Put it in a pie
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From the Garden: Growing tired of leftover turkey? Put it in a pie

Dec 28th 2019, 12:45 PM 13,542 Views 8 Comments

It’s time to start thinking about next year’s garden as 2020 creeps ever-closer.

Saturday 21 December, 2019

From the Garden: Get over your squeamishness - manure is gold dust for your veg patch
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From the Garden: Get over your squeamishness - manure is gold dust for your veg patch

Dec 21st 2019, 2:00 PM 10,557 Views 9 Comments

In other news, here’s a recipe for some creamy Brussels sprouts to posh up your Christmas dinner.

Saturday 14 December, 2019

From the Garden: Eat your (locally grown) vegetables this Christmas
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From the Garden: Eat your (locally grown) vegetables this Christmas

Dec 14th 2019, 1:00 PM 10,513 Views 11 Comments

There is always a price to cheap food, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 7 December, 2019

From the Garden: Buying a real Christmas tree supports local jobs and brings a certain magic to the home
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From the Garden: Buying a real Christmas tree supports local jobs and brings a certain magic to the home

Dec 7th 2019, 1:00 PM 15,335 Views 12 Comments

A real tree is a much greener option than one made from plastic, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 30 November, 2019

From the Garden: How to get the most out of your leek crop
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From the Garden: How to get the most out of your leek crop

Nov 30th 2019, 1:00 PM 8,704 Views 6 Comments

Some advice on growing leeks and a delicious recipe for a potato and bacon bake to include them in.

Saturday 23 November, 2019

From the Garden: The debate about sustainable foods is getting louder... I've even found myself shouting at the TV recently
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From the Garden: The debate about sustainable foods is getting louder... I've even found myself shouting at the TV recently

Nov 23rd 2019, 1:00 PM 19,670 Views 17 Comments

This week’s gardening column features tips for growing your own herbs and a recipe for root veg pie.

Saturday 16 November, 2019

From the Garden: Making the most of polytunnel growing this winter
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From the Garden: Making the most of polytunnel growing this winter

Nov 16th 2019, 1:00 PM 24,089 Views 1 Comment

I feel blessed to have so much delicious, nutritious food to hand, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 9 November, 2019

From the Garden: Food could be the biggest asset of all if climate change worsens
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From the Garden: Food could be the biggest asset of all if climate change worsens

Nov 9th 2019, 1:00 PM 13,265 Views 14 Comments

Growing your own food could be even more important in the future, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 2 November, 2019

From the Garden: Using celeriac in more than just mashed potatoes
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From the Garden: Using celeriac in more than just mashed potatoes

Nov 2nd 2019, 1:00 PM 14,655 Views 3 Comments

As Winter begins, there’s no better time to pickle some chilis or cook with more root vegetables, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 26 October, 2019

From the Garden: Sow your garlic before Halloween to ensure a plentiful crop by next June
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From the Garden: Sow your garlic before Halloween to ensure a plentiful crop by next June

Oct 26th 2019, 1:00 PM 13,846 Views 4 Comments

Although traditionally sown in December, putting the garlic in the ground now gives it the best chance of thriving in cold weather.

Saturday 12 October, 2019

From the Garden: Using seaweed to compost at home before winter hibernation
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From the Garden: Using seaweed to compost at home before winter hibernation

Oct 12th 2019, 1:00 PM 17,245 Views 5 Comments

Roasting root vegetables has become a staple in our house, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 5 October, 2019

From the Garden: Harvesting, storing and pickling fresh pears this season
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From the Garden: Harvesting, storing and pickling fresh pears this season

Oct 5th 2019, 1:00 PM 9,201 Views 2 Comments

It’s difficult to tell when pears are ripe but there is a knack to it, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 28 September, 2019

From the Garden: Storing, drying and stewing a large harvest of apples this season
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From the Garden: Storing, drying and stewing a large harvest of apples this season

Sep 28th 2019, 1:00 PM 15,101 Views 4 Comments

Having your own fruit trees is both a joy and a challenge.

Saturday 21 September, 2019

From the Garden: Succulent and almost-meaty to eat... Claytonia is a real alternative to spinach
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From the Garden: Succulent and almost-meaty to eat... Claytonia is a real alternative to spinach

Sep 21st 2019, 1:00 PM 12,918 Views 4 Comments

Its real value is in providing us with winter greens from October or November right up until April, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 14 September, 2019

From the Garden: When it comes to harvesting and eating sweetcorn... timing is everything
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From the Garden: When it comes to harvesting and eating sweetcorn... timing is everything

Sep 14th 2019, 1:00 PM 8,408 Views 2 Comments

There’s something so elementally enjoyable about peeling back a sweetcorn’s skin to find the beautiful shiny yellow kernels underneath, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 7 September, 2019

From the Garden: Salvaging the last beets of the season and putting them in a kraut
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From the Garden: Salvaging the last beets of the season and putting them in a kraut

Sep 7th 2019, 1:00 PM 7,240 Views 3 Comments

Anyone growing beets will be preparing them for harvest next month.

Saturday 31 August, 2019

From the Garden: Healthy back to school recipes to break free from the ham sandwich
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From the Garden: Healthy back to school recipes to break free from the ham sandwich

Aug 31st 2019, 1:00 PM 21,308 Views 7 Comments

Salads, stews and cold omelettes are great options for a back to school lunchbox.

Saturday 24 August, 2019

From the Garden: How to make the perfect sauerkraut at home
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From the Garden: How to make the perfect sauerkraut at home

Aug 24th 2019, 1:00 PM 12,624 Views 4 Comments

Although the name is German, the probiotic food has its origins in China.

Saturday 17 August, 2019

From the Garden: What to do when you have an abundance of vegetables
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From the Garden: What to do when you have an abundance of vegetables

Aug 17th 2019, 1:00 PM 13,053 Views 7 Comments

Large amounts of veg can be used up and kept for later in many ways.

Saturday 10 August, 2019

From the Garden: How to upgrade your composting system
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From the Garden: How to upgrade your composting system

Aug 10th 2019, 1:00 PM 21,452 Views 12 Comments

A delicious courgette salad recipe and some top compost tips.

Saturday 3 August, 2019

From the Garden: Braiding garlic and pulling onions with the kids
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From the Garden: Braiding garlic and pulling onions with the kids

Aug 3rd 2019, 1:00 PM 16,969 Views 4 Comments

This week is all about the alliums and making a spicy tomato salad.

Saturday 27 July, 2019

From the Garden: Homegrown tomatoes are perfect for these 'Anytime Eggs'
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From the Garden: Homegrown tomatoes are perfect for these 'Anytime Eggs'

Jul 27th 2019, 1:00 PM 12,240 Views 0 Comments

Turnips are very easy to grow and because they produce a crop so quickly, they are an ideal candidate for late summer sowing.

Saturday 20 July, 2019

From the Garden: If your garden is blooming, it can sometimes be difficult to know what to cook
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From the Garden: If your garden is blooming, it can sometimes be difficult to know what to cook

Jul 20th 2019, 1:00 PM 10,705 Views 7 Comments

Too much cauliflower? There is a recipe for that, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 13 July, 2019

From the Garden: Some notes on immature onions and homemade ratatouille
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From the Garden: Some notes on immature onions and homemade ratatouille

Jul 13th 2019, 1:00 PM 11,617 Views 6 Comments

Immature onions and homemade ratatouille are the focus from the garden this week, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 6 July, 2019

From the Garden: Taking care of your plants and getting an early crop
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From the Garden: Taking care of your plants and getting an early crop

Jul 6th 2019, 1:00 PM 11,565 Views 8 Comments

A hardy crop of broad beans and homemade herbal tea is on the agenda from the garden, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 29 June, 2019

From the Garden: How to make the most of this super-abundant summer period
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From the Garden: How to make the most of this super-abundant summer period

Jun 29th 2019, 1:00 PM 12,598 Views 11 Comments

There’s plenty to do in the garden as abundant rain and improving temperatures mean everything is growing quickly, write Michael Kelly.

Saturday 22 June, 2019

From the Garden: Build your own insect hotel and bookings will start rolling in
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From the Garden: Build your own insect hotel and bookings will start rolling in

Jun 22nd 2019, 1:00 PM 28,291 Views 23 Comments

An insect hotel will encourage more wildlife and biodiversity into the garden, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 15 June, 2019

From the Garden: Tomatoes are the most high-maintenance of all veg plants - but they’re worth it
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From the Garden: Tomatoes are the most high-maintenance of all veg plants - but they’re worth it

Jun 15th 2019, 1:00 PM 15,409 Views 14 Comments

As well as specific watering methods there is the regular pinching out of side shoots to allow air to circulate around the plants, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 8 June, 2019

From the Garden: There are very few commercial growers left but you can buy direct from some of them
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From the Garden: There are very few commercial growers left but you can buy direct from some of them

Jun 8th 2019, 1:00 PM 16,021 Views 10 Comments

As consumers we have to vote with our wallets, eating in season and buying Irish, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 1 June, 2019

From the Garden: A strategic approach is required to water your tomatoes
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From the Garden: A strategic approach is required to water your tomatoes

Jun 1st 2019, 1:00 PM 16,534 Views 9 Comments

Because they are a deep-rooting plant, it’s not effective to spray water at the soil, you need to get down to the roots, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 25 May, 2019

From the Garden: The Hungry Gap must be filled and this kale and gnocchi broth will do the job
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From the Garden: The Hungry Gap must be filled and this kale and gnocchi broth will do the job

May 25th 2019, 1:00 PM 8,460 Views 1 Comment

Katie Sanderson cooked this recipe in the Kale episode of this season’s GROW COOK EAT and the reaction was amazing, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 18 May, 2019

From the Garden: Carrots can be problematic to grow but the following tips will work
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From the Garden: Carrots can be problematic to grow but the following tips will work

May 18th 2019, 1:00 PM 16,613 Views 8 Comments

Many growing books will tell you to sow carrots in March or April but I always wait until May or June to sow mine, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 11 May, 2019

From the Garden: A little frost damage on the spuds - but not to worry they will recover
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From the Garden: A little frost damage on the spuds - but not to worry they will recover

May 11th 2019, 1:00 PM 11,776 Views 3 Comments

Learn to make ‘a one-pot veggie wonder that’s crammed with healthy vegetables, herbs and pulses and as an added bonus uses up stale bread too,’ writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 4 May, 2019

From the Garden: Learn to make nettle tea - it has a rich and earthy taste and is a super tonic
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From the Garden: Learn to make nettle tea - it has a rich and earthy taste and is a super tonic

May 4th 2019, 1:00 PM 18,289 Views 11 Comments

Obviously, if you are harvesting nettles from the wild, wear gloves or you will get stung, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 27 April, 2019

From the Garden: 'I worry about the implications of what Greta Thunberg’s saying for the cosy lives we lead'
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From the Garden: 'I worry about the implications of what Greta Thunberg’s saying for the cosy lives we lead'

Apr 27th 2019, 1:00 PM 66,205 Views 119 Comments

It is remarkable to watch this young woman speak her truth to power, writes Michael Kelly of Grow It Yourself Ireland.

Saturday 20 April, 2019

From the Garden: Learn how to really grow parsnips, earth up spuds and make wild garlic pesto
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From the Garden: Learn how to really grow parsnips, earth up spuds and make wild garlic pesto

Apr 20th 2019, 1:00 PM 12,107 Views 4 Comments

‘Most parsnip seed packets will tell you to sow them in February – don’t do it,’ writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 13 April, 2019

From the Garden: 'It seems an opportune time to write about sowing seeds in module trays'
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From the Garden: 'It seems an opportune time to write about sowing seeds in module trays'

Apr 13th 2019, 1:00 PM 12,330 Views 6 Comments

‘The beauty of a module tray is that the roots of seedlings are kept apart which means you don’t upset them when you are transplanting them’, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 6 April, 2019

From the Garden: How to grow broadbeans? Start by avoiding cheap compost
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From the Garden: How to grow broadbeans? Start by avoiding cheap compost

Apr 6th 2019, 1:00 PM 11,221 Views 3 Comments

It’s worth buying good quality potting compost – ideally one that is approved for use in organic production and peat-free, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 30 March, 2019

From the Garden: 'Growing tomatoes is a hobby that became an obsession and then spiralled out of control into a mania'
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From the Garden: 'Growing tomatoes is a hobby that became an obsession and then spiralled out of control into a mania'

Mar 30th 2019, 1:00 PM 14,709 Views 10 Comments

Growing tomatoes is a double-edged sword because once you’ve tasted a proper homegrown tomato you really can’t go back to the bland shop-bought alternative, writes Michael Kelly.

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