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# giy - Saturday 29 December, 2018

From the Garden: Reflecting on the year - it all went great except for the aubergines!
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From the Garden: Reflecting on the year - it all went great except for the aubergines!

Dec 29th 2018, 9:30 AM 6,310 Views 0 Comments

As usual, the aubergines were a disaster – at this stage, I think I only bother sowing them because there’s not much else to do in February, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 22 December, 2018

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

Dec 22nd 2018, 9:30 AM 12,330 Views 16 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 15 December, 2018

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

Dec 15th 2018, 1:00 PM 14,747 Views 4 Comments

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.

# giy - Saturday 8 December, 2018

From the Garden: Leeks don't get the recognition they deserve
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From the Garden: Leeks don't get the recognition they deserve

Dec 8th 2018, 1:00 PM 9,182 Views 11 Comments

Leeks often don’t grab the health headlines the way their allium cousins – garlic and onions do. But they contain most of the same flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 1 December, 2018

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

Dec 1st 2018, 9:30 AM 15,526 Views 2 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 24 November, 2018

A Dublin dad was growing 'hipster' veg in his garden back in 1955
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A Dublin dad was growing 'hipster' veg in his garden back in 1955

Nov 24th 2018, 9:30 AM 21,411 Views 6 Comments

So many people in my generation remember their fathers toiling away in the garden, we’re only one generation removed from the soil, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 17 November, 2018

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

Nov 17th 2018, 9:30 AM 7,917 Views 4 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 10 November, 2018

From the garden: 'Do not 'Irish mammy' the sprouts by boiling the divil out of them for 20 minutes'
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From the garden: 'Do not 'Irish mammy' the sprouts by boiling the divil out of them for 20 minutes'

Nov 10th 2018, 9:30 AM 16,712 Views 21 Comments

Instead blanch them for just a few minutes, writes Michael Kelly, as he also advises on growing beetroot and making celery soup.

# giy - Saturday 3 November, 2018

From the garden: 'When buying veg, always seek out Irish vegetables and try to avoid price promotions'
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From the garden: 'When buying veg, always seek out Irish vegetables and try to avoid price promotions'

Nov 3rd 2018, 9:30 AM 18,374 Views 23 Comments

In 15 years more than half of Irish field vegetable growers have stopped production, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 27 October, 2018

From the garden: How to make your own tangy kimchi at home
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From the garden: How to make your own tangy kimchi at home

Oct 27th 2018, 12:00 PM 8,374 Views 3 Comments

Here’s how to make sure you always have some homemade healthy kimchi to hand.

# giy - Saturday 20 October, 2018

As winter approaches now is the time to think about growing your own onions
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As winter approaches now is the time to think about growing your own onions

Oct 20th 2018, 12:00 PM 13,011 Views 14 Comments

With temperatures dropping Michael Kelly has some tips to help you beef up your winter warmers.

# giy - Saturday 6 October, 2018

From the garden: 'It's ridiculous we spend money on vitamin C when blackberries rot in ditches all over Ireland'
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From the garden: 'It's ridiculous we spend money on vitamin C when blackberries rot in ditches all over Ireland'

Oct 6th 2018, 9:00 AM 26,573 Views 22 Comments

This week, Michael Kelly has a recipe for blackberry crumble that’ll get some great vitamin C into your system.

# giy - Saturday 29 September, 2018

From the garden: How to make your own tomato ketchup from scratch
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From the garden: How to make your own tomato ketchup from scratch

Sep 29th 2018, 1:00 PM 14,189 Views 19 Comments

Tomatoes are a vegetable that can be preserved in many ways – they can be used in jams, jellies, relishes and chutneys, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 22 September, 2018

From the garden: A recipe for a no-nonsense tomato and courgette soup, with no-nonsense ingredients
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From the garden: A recipe for a no-nonsense tomato and courgette soup, with no-nonsense ingredients

Sep 22nd 2018, 8:30 AM 13,079 Views 3 Comments

Michael Kelly from GIY talks us through how to store chillies, and also how to make a delicious warming soup.

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

Sep 15th 2018, 8:30 AM 12,837 Views 19 Comments

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

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

Sep 8th 2018, 8:30 AM 14,933 Views 5 Comments

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.

# giy - Saturday 1 September, 2018

How to make a simple tomato sauce that'll feed you all winter from the freezer
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How to make a simple tomato sauce that'll feed you all winter from the freezer

Sep 1st 2018, 9:00 AM 31,619 Views 6 Comments

Use this sauce as a base for pizzas, pastas, stews, casseroles and soups. It’s even flavourful enough to be used by itself as a soup, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 25 August, 2018

In the garden: Even in the calm of the vegetable patch, it can be hard to stay mindful and focused
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In the garden: Even in the calm of the vegetable patch, it can be hard to stay mindful and focused

Aug 25th 2018, 10:30 AM 7,432 Views 1 Comment

If you can get out of your head for an hour or so, you’ll automatically feel calmer – but the challenge is getting there, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 18 August, 2018

In the garden: How to fight back (nicely) against the caterpillars eating your plants
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In the garden: How to fight back (nicely) against the caterpillars eating your plants

Aug 18th 2018, 9:45 AM 16,789 Views 11 Comments

Growing brassicas like kale or cauliflower is basically a war between you and the creatures that want to eat the plants, writes Michael Kelly of GIY.ie.

# giy - Saturday 4 August, 2018

Quinoa and grilled sourdough salad is a classic for summer evening supper or lunch
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Quinoa and grilled sourdough salad is a classic for summer evening supper or lunch

Aug 4th 2018, 12:30 PM 10,879 Views 14 Comments

It’s a good idea to cease watering onions for about two weeks before harvesting to help with that drying out, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 28 July, 2018

In the garden: 'French beans are, I think, one of the most underrated of vegetables'
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In the garden: 'French beans are, I think, one of the most underrated of vegetables'

Jul 28th 2018, 12:30 PM 10,019 Views 10 Comments

Of all the legume family, they are my favourite to eat, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 21 July, 2018

GIY tomatoes: 'We are in what I like to call 'bruschetta' season'
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GIY tomatoes: 'We are in what I like to call 'bruschetta' season'

Jul 21st 2018, 12:30 PM 17,818 Views 6 Comments

It’s a wonderful time of the year, when a simple lunch or dinner can easily be conjured up from nothing, once you have some decent sourdough bread in the bread bin, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 14 July, 2018

In the garden: Michael Kelly's top tips for conserving water use
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In the garden: Michael Kelly's top tips for conserving water use

Jul 14th 2018, 12:30 PM 26,915 Views 11 Comments

In these heatwave conditions, watering is indeed necessary and conserving water becomes a significant challenge, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 7 July, 2018

In the garden: GIY cucumbers to make the perfect Tzatziki
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In the garden: GIY cucumbers to make the perfect Tzatziki

Jul 7th 2018, 12:30 PM 9,841 Views 3 Comments

I find them relatively easy to grow, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 30 June, 2018

GIY: 'The Khaki Campbell is one of the most prolific backyard ducks'
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GIY: 'The Khaki Campbell is one of the most prolific backyard ducks'

Jun 30th 2018, 12:30 PM 13,073 Views 6 Comments

Some of them literally lay an egg a day all year, contributing food for the table even when your hens have given up laying in the depths of winter, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 23 June, 2018

GIY: 'As we move in to summer, it’s important to keep sowing'
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GIY: 'As we move in to summer, it’s important to keep sowing'

Jun 23rd 2018, 12:30 PM 21,338 Views 9 Comments

There are still loads of vegetables that you can sow from seed, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 16 June, 2018

Which veg plants need a lot of watering and which ones can withstand a bit of a drought?
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Which veg plants need a lot of watering and which ones can withstand a bit of a drought?

Jun 16th 2018, 12:30 PM 32,223 Views 4 Comments

It’s difficult to come up with a definitive list, but here are some guidelines, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 9 June, 2018

GIY: 'I've been grappling with how we get kids to try beetroot and I reckon I've cracked it'
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GIY: 'I've been grappling with how we get kids to try beetroot and I reckon I've cracked it'

Jun 9th 2018, 12:30 PM 31,027 Views 18 Comments

Of course, some of them still didn’t like it after taking part in The Grand Beeturia Experiment, but that’s okay – at least they tried it, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 2 June, 2018

'Slug patrols with a torch after dark have resumed, as have my attempts to lure them into beer traps'
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'Slug patrols with a torch after dark have resumed, as have my attempts to lure them into beer traps'

Jun 2nd 2018, 12:30 PM 22,744 Views 25 Comments

Last week I got the climbing beans out of module trays and in to the ground in the big tunnel, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 19 May, 2018

GIY: Get creative with delicious new potatoes using this Spanish tortilla recipe
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GIY: Get creative with delicious new potatoes using this Spanish tortilla recipe

May 19th 2018, 12:30 PM 16,175 Views 1 Comment

Serve as a generous lunch or light dinner with a salad of peppery green leaves, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 12 May, 2018

Chickweed: 'Not only is it edible, it’s considered to be a nutritional powerhouse'
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Chickweed: 'Not only is it edible, it’s considered to be a nutritional powerhouse'

May 12th 2018, 12:30 PM 29,955 Views 7 Comments

It’s a nice surprise to discover that what you have considered a real nuisance in the veg patch, could in fact turn out to be a blessing, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 5 May, 2018

Bio-insecticide Supernemos: 'Sometimes GIYing is not for the faint hearted'
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Bio-insecticide Supernemos: 'Sometimes GIYing is not for the faint hearted'

May 5th 2018, 12:30 PM 11,520 Views 1 Comment

In a demise worthy of the cheesiest horror movie the nematodes then eat the wire worms from the inside out, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 28 April, 2018

GIY: Courgettes are easy to grow and incredibly prolific, growing freakishly fast
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GIY: Courgettes are easy to grow and incredibly prolific, growing freakishly fast

Apr 28th 2018, 12:30 PM 17,870 Views 18 Comments

Your only problem in fact will be working out what to do with all those courgettes, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 21 April, 2018

GIY: 'We really don’t need a heatwave – just a few days with the sun in the sky'
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GIY: 'We really don’t need a heatwave – just a few days with the sun in the sky'

Apr 21st 2018, 12:30 PM 18,592 Views 8 Comments

I don’t know how the poor plants will react if we skip spring altogether, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 14 April, 2018

In the garden: 'I find that my system is craving fresh greens after a long winter'
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In the garden: 'I find that my system is craving fresh greens after a long winter'

Apr 14th 2018, 12:30 PM 11,409 Views 6 Comments

I just chop them and steam them over some boiling water for a few minutes and they are delicious, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 7 April, 2018

Michael Kelly’s top tips for putting food and food growing at the centre of your workplace
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Michael Kelly’s top tips for putting food and food growing at the centre of your workplace

Apr 7th 2018, 12:30 PM 742 Views 6 Comments

Food growing is a simple, practical way to really engage employees, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 31 March, 2018

GIY: Our guru's 'nerdy' guide to growing onions for home-made marmalade
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GIY: Our guru's 'nerdy' guide to growing onions for home-made marmalade

Mar 31st 2018, 12:30 PM 643 Views 5 Comments

This onion marmalade recipe is a sinch to make so if by chance you still have a glut of onions from last year, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 24 March, 2018

GIY: Secrets to growing your own juicy tomatoes
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GIY: Secrets to growing your own juicy tomatoes

Mar 24th 2018, 12:30 PM 14,369 Views 5 Comments

I have a cunning plan to try to reduce the workload somewhat for the season ahead, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 17 March, 2018

GIY: 'This St Patrick’s Day I will be out (as I am every year) sowing my spuds for the year'
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GIY: 'This St Patrick’s Day I will be out (as I am every year) sowing my spuds for the year'

Mar 17th 2018, 12:30 PM 10,776 Views 11 Comments

They are a brilliantly easy veg to grow – blight aside – and harvesting your own spuds will be like Christmas morning, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 10 March, 2018

Supermarket queues: How well would we cope with a more sustained crisis?
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Supermarket queues: How well would we cope with a more sustained crisis?

Mar 10th 2018, 12:30 PM 23,438 Views 28 Comments

Growing some of your own food has a role to play in creating a more resilient food future, writes Michael Kelly.