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Yesterday’s News

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Saturday 15 April, 2017

Grow it yourself: Seed sowing tips from our gardening guru

It’s the perfect time of the year to talk about sowing seeds, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 8 April, 2017

GIY column: This week, it's time to start sowing your vegetable seeds

I am constantly looking for things that simplify my gardening, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 1 April, 2017

GIY: Growing tomatoes successfully and a pitta pocket recipe

Growing tomatoes successfully in Ireland is about cheating our climate, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 25 March, 2017

Gardening: It's spring in the veg patch and we have a recipe for broccoli and cheese risotto GIY

Gardening: It's spring in the veg patch and we have a recipe for broccoli and cheese risotto

There’s something about this time of the year that just gladdens the heart, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 18 March, 2017

'Irish people put their spuds in the ground around St Paddy’s Day, believing it to be an auspicious day'

We have somewhat of a pre-parade tradition in the Kelly household of sowing spuds with the children, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 11 March, 2017

Gardening column: What to grow when you don't have much space, plus a wild garlic pesto recipe

Not all vegetables are equal if you’re space constrained, writes GIY Guru Michael Kelly.

Saturday 4 March, 2017

Luscious starter of broccoli gratin with anchovy-infused cream: Grow it yourself

Rich anchovy-infused cream is a lovely foil to the fresh greenness of the broccoli, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 25 February, 2017

Updates from the potting shed - and a recipe for spicy carrot and lentil soup

There’s an overall sense of spring in the air and the mild weather makes the job of coaxing seeds up a little easier, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 18 February, 2017

GIY Guru: 'I’ve become interested in mindfulness, sitting quietly for ten minutes, in the morning'

From grown-up colouring books to Paul Martin’s award-winning garden at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, mindfulness is still very much having a moment, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 11 February, 2017

Courgette shortage: Grow your own instead plus a recipe for pan-fried Jerusalem artichokes

A shortage of certain vegetables in our supermarkets has spurred a rise in the sale of seeds. It’s easy and very rewarding to grow your own, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 4 February, 2017

Gardening: 'When children grow their own food, they develop 'food empathy' and have better diets'

Research shows that when children are involved in the garden, they are more likely to try new foods at home, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 28 January, 2017

Gardening column: How to keep hens, plus a kale and cheddar cheese risotto recipe

Keeping hens is a fast growing pastime. Find out how to do it well with Michael Kelly.

Saturday 21 January, 2017

Gardening: Plant your potatoes right now plus a recipe for warming winter root veg frittata

It’s the perfect time of year to clean out your polytunnel and start sowing potatoes and carrots, writes gardening expert Michael Kelly.

Saturday 14 January, 2017

Garden Guru: GIYing your own ingredients for hummus and beetroot burgers

Forget about the stuff you buy in tins. Fresh beetroot from the garden is much tastier and jam-packed with health-giving properties, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 7 January, 2017

Gardening guru: January to-do list plus a delicious recipe for buttery colcannon GIY

Gardening guru: January to-do list plus a delicious recipe for buttery colcannon

January does not seem like the typical month for gardening, but there are actually several things you can do in the garden now, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 31 December, 2016

GIY: For first-time vegetable growers, leeks are an easy and tasty option

Leeks are so commonplace and familiar that it’s all too easy to forget just how versatile they are, writes Michael Kelly.

Monday 26 December, 2016

GIY Chicory: Bring some colour to your vegetable patch and a bite to your salad bowls

Chicory are good in salads, but they are fairly fantastic when cooked too, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 17 December, 2016

Mibuna: The mustardy Japanese leaf that's super easy to grow

The latest designer salad leaf has a peppery, nutty flavour not unlike rocket, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 10 December, 2016

GIY Yacon: The Peruvian tuber that looks like a potato but tastes like a pear

Just like last week’s oca, yacon is another unusual veg that we can thank our friends the ancient Incas for, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 3 December, 2016

Rediscover your roots: 'Exotic oca thrives in Irish gardens'

Cultivated by the Incas since ancient times, oca is a potato-type crop that’s blight resistant and easy to grow, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 26 November, 2016

Corn salad: Super-hardy, nutty-flavoured salad leaves to sow now

Expert tips from our GIY guru, Michael Kelly, that will send you straight past the supermarket mixed bags.

Saturday 19 November, 2016

Spears at the ready: How to grow asparagus GIY

Spears at the ready: How to grow asparagus

GIY guru, Michael Kelly, says don’t be put off by the hassle factor, cultivating diva-ish asparagus isn’t impossible.

Saturday 12 November, 2016

Fast and easy to grow, mustard is perfect for winter gardens GIY

Fast and easy to grow, mustard is perfect for winter gardens

High levels of vitamin A and C make its cancer-fighting properties just as strong as those of kale, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 5 November, 2016

Ever heard of Mizuna? This really useful green is easy to grow and will brighten up any salad bowl

It has a refreshing mild mustard flavour and will tolerate heat extremes in your garden, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 29 October, 2016

You'll be strong to the finish if you grow yourself spinach (to paraphrase a great man)

Without wishing to put a hex on it almost nothing can go wrong with perpetual spinach, writes Michael Kelly.

Saturday 22 October, 2016

Brussels sprouts are either the devil's spawn or a vital part of a healthy winter diet GIY

Saturday 15 October, 2016

Globe artichokes - embrace this weird but delicious vegetable

Don’t worry, you don’t have to prepare yourself for a windy day after eating this vegetable.

Saturday 1 October, 2016

Pretty much every pest wants to eat it - so here's how to grow perfect broccoli

Broccoli – or ‘calabrese’ – is relatively handy to grow and can be succession sown, so you can crop almost all summer and autumn.

Saturday 24 September, 2016

It's hard to find great quality lettuce in supermarkets - but it's really easy to grow yourself

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with lettuce – but be careful you don’t sow too much of it.

Saturday 17 September, 2016

Jerusalem artichoke - the tasty, popular veg with a dark secret

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with Jerusalem artichoke, a veg that’s become increasingly popular in high-end restaurants.

Saturday 10 September, 2016

Turnip up: a veg that is tasty and easy to grow

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with white turnips – perfect for casseroles and soups.

Saturday 3 September, 2016

Claytonia: Not a metal band - a super-food you can grow in your back garden

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with claytonia, a leafy veg containing tons of vitamins and which will grow right through winter.

Saturday 27 August, 2016

How to get red hot chilli peppers to behave in your garden

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with chilli peppers

Saturday 20 August, 2016

Add some flavour to your life: How to grow spring onions

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with spring onions, which are so easy to grow you can leave the kids in charge.

Saturday 13 August, 2016

Grow it Yourself: Make your garden a little sweeter with some a-maize-ing corn

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with sweetcorn, a veg which tastes miles better when homegrown.

Saturday 6 August, 2016

Everything you wanted to know about tomatoes but were too afraid to ask

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with tomatoes, a family favourite for soups, salads, sauces and snacks.

Saturday 30 July, 2016

Magic beans: Make your own hummus with broad beans

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with broad beans, a prolific and easy to grow veg.

Saturday 23 July, 2016

For the love of cauliflower: A difficult veg to grow but it's worth it

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with cauliflower, a good alternative for rice and pizzas.

Saturday 16 July, 2016

Eat stalks and leaves: Fennel is the veg that keeps on giving

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with fennel, a great summer vegetable.

Saturday 9 July, 2016

Squeeze some squash into your life

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with the ideal veg for soup, stews and roasts.