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#Gardening

# gardening - Saturday 6 July, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 29 June, 2019

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

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.

# gardening - Saturday 22 June, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 15 June, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 8 June, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 1 June, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 25 May, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 18 May, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 27 April, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 20 April, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 13 April, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 6 April, 2019

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.

# gardening - 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'

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.

# gardening - Saturday 23 March, 2019

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?’

# gardening - Saturday 16 March, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 9 March, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 2 March, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 23 February, 2019

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.

# gardening - Saturday 16 February, 2019

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.

# 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.

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