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Dublin: 7 °C Saturday 16 February, 2019

#Gardening

# gardening - Saturday 9 February, 2019

From the Garden: Cleaning the house and garden are not chores - but the route to enlightenment

Since reading the book, I’ve started sweeping the floor every morning in a mindful way – it’s delightfully old school and calming at the same time, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 2 February, 2019

From the Garden: The spirit of meitheal lives on as the neighbours come to lend a hand

Turning over the soil in the polytunnel is a breeze with a little help from friends – who also provide some helpful tips, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 19 January, 2019

From the Garden: It's time to reflect on all the food we are importing that could be grown here

It’s no longer just about ‘exotic’ fruit and veg that are difficult to grow in Ireland, we are now importing lots of veg that grow perfectly well here, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 12 January, 2019

From the Garden: How to make your own compost - you can learn from my mistakes

I have had some God-awful compost heaps over the years – slimey, smelly, sludgy yokes that festered away in the corner of the garden, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 5 January, 2019

From the Garden: Midwinter is the time to grow veg in containers and to make root veg pie

This is a delicious, warming and healthy pie that utilises those vegetables that are still available in early January, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 22 December, 2018

From the Garden: Supermarkets selling below cost veg is hurting farmers and it is bad for us all

Farmers protested outside M&S in Liffey Valley last week to draw attention to what the IFA called ‘predatory’ pricing models, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 15 December, 2018

From the Garden: Every cloud has a silver lining and bogland proved useful this summer

Bogland is usually not the best place to grow things, but it came in handy this summer for growing squash during the drought, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 1 December, 2018

From the Garden: Artichokes have an unfortunate nickname but don't let that turn you off

Fermenting artichokes will reduce their – ahem – windiness and this recipe is delicious, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 17 November, 2018

From the Garden: Your green tomatoes are unlikely to ripen now - so use them up in chutney

As I’ve looked glumly from the house at the sodden garden, it’s been playing on my mind that it’s high time I got the beds in the veg patch covered down for the winter, writes Michael Kelly

# gardening - Saturday 27 October, 2018

From The Daily Edge "It's just great knowing you didn't kill it": Why 'plant parenting' is becoming more popular than ever Plant Parenting

# gardening - Saturday 15 September, 2018

GIY: My father-in-law still dismisses kale as cattlefeed - but these days it’s rightly valued as a nutritional powerhouse

Michael Kelly on the virtues of a relatively low-maintenance crop that tolerates even the harshest of winters.

# gardening - Saturday 8 September, 2018

'Raw food doesn't have to be scary - but I think it's time for a bowl of homely hot soup' GIY

'Raw food doesn't have to be scary - but I think it's time for a bowl of homely hot soup'

If you really want a slice of raw goodness, Michael Kelly has just the recipe, but he is warming up this autumn to the comfort of hot dishes.

# gardening - Saturday 13 January, 2018

GIY: 'Don’t think about giving stuff up, think about taking things up instead'

Learn a skill, eat delicious things, sow a seed. Be kind to yourself, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 6 January, 2018

Gardening: 'January is a great month to decide what you are going to grow this year'

I often can’t wait to get started and at least plant something – perhaps some winter salad leaves, spinach and the like, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 30 December, 2017

GIY: 'Over a hot cup of soup, I was reminded how great you feel after a meitheal'

We certainly didn’t invent the meitheal at GIY, but we have shamelessly hijacked and adapted the concept for our own uses, writes grower Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 23 December, 2017

My 2017 GIY report: 'Aubergines – F. Great plants, no fruit. Must do better'

This is an exercise in self-flagellation if ever there was one but here’s my report for this year’s GIYing, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 16 December, 2017

Gardening column: How to keep hens

A handful of laying hens are a viable proposition for most people, and they will repay you with wonderful, fresh food all year around, writes grower Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 9 December, 2017

Supermarket promotions: 'Down the road there is a ruinous cost to cheap food'

As you tuck into Christmas dinner, spare a thought for the Brussels sprout grower, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 2 December, 2017

GIY leeks and a dish that will chase away the winter chills

In this cold weather we’re certainly in a soup, warming hot-pot frame of mind, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 25 November, 2017

GIY: 'School lunches shouldn't be about wolfing down a sandwich in ten minutes'

In France, children spend a full hour where they learn how to eat in a civilised, relaxed manner and enjoy healthy food, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 18 November, 2017

Food miles: Don't buy strawberries from Israel during Irish strawberry season

I have no issue with anyone buying imported food when it’s something we can’t grow or produce here in Ireland, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 11 November, 2017

GIY: Winter warming pea and nettle soup using homegrown peas and foraged nettles

Mary Ellen Kelly and Róisín Kiely from St Augustine’s in Dungarvan won the inaugural GROW 2 CEO programme. Here is their recipe, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 4 November, 2017

Grow yacon: 'It's exciting to grow something you've never grown before'

It has a surprisingly sweet, apple or melon-like taste and a juicy texture rather like a water-chestnut, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 28 October, 2017

GIY: Grow your kitchen herbs indoors and have a constant winter supply

Home-grown herbs can make every meal feel like it was produced in your garden, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 21 October, 2017

GIY: Ophelia's casualties in the garden and collecting seaweed post storm

I spent Monday hunkered down at home, waiting on The Storm Formerly Known As Hurricane Ophelia to do its worst, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 14 October, 2017

'October is "stock pot" month when carrots, leeks and parsnips come into their own'

It is only now after the first frosts that carrots and parsnips start to really sweeten up, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 7 October, 2017

In the garden: Chutneys for relishing plus it's not too late to sow

Is there anything tastier than some cold meats or cheese served with some crusty bread and a big dollop of chutney, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 30 September, 2017

Autumn's here. Cosy up with a steaming apple and blackberry crumble

Late September means baking crumbles and pruning your blackcurrants, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 23 September, 2017

Gardening: Tips and recipes for storing and pickling your summer veg GIY

Gardening: Tips and recipes for storing and pickling your summer veg

As the winter draws in, nothing brings out my inner hunter-gatherer quite like having a full larder, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 16 September, 2017

When was the last time you had an Irish apple? 95% of ones we eat are imported

We have been conditioned to believe that there are just handfuls of apple varieties but, in fact, we have hundreds of native varieties in Ireland alone, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 2 September, 2017

Lunches: Think beyond sandwiches as new school term begins' GIY

Lunches: Think beyond sandwiches as new school term begins'

One of the best things we ever did was to buy flasks for our kids to take hot lunches to school, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 26 August, 2017

Pickles, sauces and spiralising: Using up the summer's veg harvest

It’s worth considering amidst the belly-aching, that though the harvest currently seems endless, there will be an end, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 19 August, 2017

Gardening: Grow your own tomatoes - from seed to sauce

If you had a variety of tomato that was a particular success this year, why not try saving the seeds from the tomatoes to grow next year’s plants, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 12 August, 2017

GIY: Make your own mildew spray and bake some courgette bread

Courgette bread might sound a little unlikely, but we’re in courgette glut central at the moment so desperate times call for desperate measures, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 5 August, 2017

Grow it yourself: 'Onions - a phenomenally useful veg'

Onions have been revered through time, not only for their culinary use, but also for their therapeutic properties, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 29 July, 2017

GIY: 'Turnips are perfect for late summer sowing'

Pickled turnips might not sound all that appetising but this is delicious – promise, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 22 July, 2017

Gardening: This week, a beer trap for pesky slugs and seasonal soups

Slug hunting is a grim task and it brings out the worst in me, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 15 July, 2017

Gardening: Forage elderflowers now for a fresh, blossom-infused cordial

Elderflower is a great starter for novice foragers because it’s so easy to identify, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 8 July, 2017

'Sunflowers literally follow the sun across the horizon, only to turn back and face east by sunrise'

The sunflower is one of the most animated, optimistic and downright cheery flowers you can have in your garden, writes Michael Kelly.

# gardening - Saturday 1 July, 2017

July Gardening: 'This is the start of a super-abundant period in the veg patch' GIY

July Gardening: 'This is the start of a super-abundant period in the veg patch'

As the produce starts to flow in, don’t forget to keep sowing too – no, it’s not too late, writes Michael Kelly.

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