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Wednesday 6 December 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Gardening

This year
The Bee Guy: 'All we are saying is give bees a chance - ditch that lawnmower'
Paul Handrick says now that No Mow May has passed it’s time for Too Soon June – stop mowing the lawn to give nature a chance.
'Everyone has been touched by it': Importance of early cancer detection highlighted at Bloom
The festival gets underway in Dublin’s Phoenix Park tomorrow.
All time
Gardaí find suspected cannabis growhouse inside converted horsebox in Tipperary
The drugs were allegedly found inside a fully kitted-out horse transporter on land near Thurles.
Wellness Wednesday: Gardening can cultivate calm and resilience in any crisis
As many people take to the garden during the Covid-19 shutdown, Fiann Ó Nualláin says there’s a mindful approach to the tasks that can improve wellbeing.
'The future of food is local'. Dave Whelan of the Edible Landscape Project says now is the time for us to make the change
Whelan says we can make a small difference by thinking about our food sources.
'They won't be able to cut the grass in a few weeks': Calls for landscapers to be made essential workers
Grass will not be able to be cut if allowed to grow for weeks on end, it has been warned.
From the Garden: Looks aren't everything - consider growing celeriac in this year's veg patch
It is a delicious vegetable included in mashed potato or even grated raw.
From the Garden: Growing tired of leftover turkey? Put it in a pie
It’s time to start thinking about next year’s garden as 2020 creeps ever-closer.
From the Garden: Get over your squeamishness - manure is gold dust for your veg patch
In other news, here’s a recipe for some creamy Brussels sprouts to posh up your Christmas dinner.
From the Garden: Eat your (locally grown) vegetables this Christmas
There is always a price to cheap food, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: Making the most of polytunnel growing this winter
I feel blessed to have so much delicious, nutritious food to hand, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: Food could be the biggest asset of all if climate change worsens
Growing your own food could be even more important in the future, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: Using celeriac in more than just mashed potatoes
As Winter begins, there’s no better time to pickle some chilis or cook with more root vegetables, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: Sow your garlic before Halloween to ensure a plentiful crop by next June
Although traditionally sown in December, putting the garlic in the ground now gives it the best chance of thriving in cold weather.
From the Garden: Using seaweed to compost at home before winter hibernation
Roasting root vegetables has become a staple in our house, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: Harvesting, storing and pickling fresh pears this season
It’s difficult to tell when pears are ripe but there is a knack to it, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: When it comes to harvesting and eating sweetcorn... timing is everything
There’s something so elementally enjoyable about peeling back a sweetcorn’s skin to find the beautiful shiny yellow kernels underneath, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: How to make the perfect sauerkraut at home
Although the name is German, the probiotic food has its origins in China.
From the Garden: Homegrown tomatoes are perfect for these 'Anytime Eggs'
Turnips are very easy to grow and because they produce a crop so quickly, they are an ideal candidate for late summer sowing.
From the Garden: Taking care of your plants and getting an early crop
A hardy crop of broad beans and homemade herbal tea is on the agenda from the garden, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: How to make the most of this super-abundant summer period
There’s plenty to do in the garden as abundant rain and improving temperatures mean everything is growing quickly, write Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: Build your own insect hotel and bookings will start rolling in
An insect hotel will encourage more wildlife and biodiversity into the garden, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: Tomatoes are the most high-maintenance of all veg plants - but they’re worth it
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.
From the Garden: There are very few commercial growers left but you can buy direct from some of them
As consumers we have to vote with our wallets, eating in season and buying Irish, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: A strategic approach is required to water your tomatoes
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.
From the Garden: The Hungry Gap must be filled and this kale and gnocchi broth will do the job
Katie Sanderson cooked this recipe in the Kale episode of this season’s GROW COOK EAT and the reaction was amazing, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: Carrots can be problematic to grow but the following tips will work
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.
From the Garden: 'I worry about the implications of what Greta Thunberg’s saying for the cosy lives we lead'
It is remarkable to watch this young woman speak her truth to power, writes Michael Kelly of Grow It Yourself Ireland.
From the Garden: Learn how to really grow parsnips, earth up spuds and make wild garlic pesto
‘Most parsnip seed packets will tell you to sow them in February – don’t do it,’ writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: 'It seems an opportune time to write about sowing seeds in module trays'
‘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.
From the Garden: How to grow broadbeans? Start by avoiding cheap compost
It’s worth buying good quality potting compost – ideally one that is approved for use in organic production and peat-free, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: 'Growing tomatoes is a hobby that became an obsession and then spiralled out of control into a mania'
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.
From the Garden: What is the difference between celery and celeriac?
Time to transplant those tomatoes too. ‘Did you know that the little fuzzy hairs on the stem of a tomato seedling can become a root if planted under the soil?’
From the Garden: 'Traditionally Irish people put their spuds in the ground on or around St Patrick’s Day'
The act of harvesting spuds is pure GIY joy. Rummaging in the soil underneath a potato plant and finding lots of lovely tubers is as good as Christmas, writes Michael Kelly.
From the garden: Grow, Cook, Eat is back on TV this month and we'll be tackling food waste
We’ll be teaching you to grow onions, pumpkins, sweetcorn, courgettes, kale, beans and chillis for all shapes and sizes of gardens, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: 'Topsy turvy doesn’t begin to describe our weather'
‘All aspects of our lives – food, transport, energy and waste – will have to change dramatically if we’re to avoid catastrophe,’ writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: Learn how to grow peas in an old gutter pipe and to make a delicious gnocchi
Michelin star chef, Derry Clarke, with us at Grow HQ recently and he shares our homegrown, seasonal ethos, writes Michael Kelly.
From the Garden: Celeriac is fabulously durable, and is useful for all sorts of recipes
This week, Michael Kelly took advantage of a quiet period in the growing season to take stock.
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.
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.