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# giy - Saturday 3 March, 2018

'Gardening can be a major turn off for people but food growing is not about gardening, it’s about food'
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'Gardening can be a major turn off for people but food growing is not about gardening, it’s about food'

Mar 3rd 2018, 11:59 AM 17,198 Views 19 Comments

“It’s been a particular bugbear of mine for years that food growing is always presented as a gardening thing”, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 24 February, 2018

A single tomato plant can produce 200 tomatoes in a season, here's how to sow them
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A single tomato plant can produce 200 tomatoes in a season, here's how to sow them

Feb 24th 2018, 12:30 PM 81,585 Views 22 Comments

There is simply nothing like a home-grown tomato, writes GIY guru Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 17 February, 2018

Use remaining old-season veg and store cupboard ingredients for a delicious cassoulet
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Use remaining old-season veg and store cupboard ingredients for a delicious cassoulet

Feb 17th 2018, 12:01 PM 18,321 Views 10 Comments

This week Michael Kelly has tips on making your own compost.

# giy - Saturday 10 February, 2018

'There is simply nothing more warming than a French onion soup'
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'There is simply nothing more warming than a French onion soup'

Feb 10th 2018, 12:28 PM 1,232 Views 21 Comments

Michael Kelly is back sowing and says, ‘It’s impossible not to feel full of springtime enthusiasm when you see signs of life emerging in a seed tray.’

# giy - Saturday 3 February, 2018

GIY: Even if you don't have much space, you can still grow spuds in pots and containers
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GIY: Even if you don't have much space, you can still grow spuds in pots and containers

Feb 3rd 2018, 12:00 PM 16,269 Views 11 Comments

This week our GIY guru gives his tips on how to trick potatoes into thinking they have lots of space available to grow.

# giy - Saturday 27 January, 2018

GIY: Sow seeds on a sunny indoor windowsill and try this cheesy leeks recipe
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GIY: Sow seeds on a sunny indoor windowsill and try this cheesy leeks recipe

Jan 27th 2018, 12:30 PM 13,463 Views 3 Comments

We’re coming out of our winter shell this month, writes GIY guru Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 20 January, 2018

Keep those resolutions and get more veg in with this spiced parsnip burger recipe
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Keep those resolutions and get more veg in with this spiced parsnip burger recipe

Jan 20th 2018, 12:30 PM 19,070 Views 8 Comments

Expert tips from our GIY guru, Michael Kelly, that will help you to steer clear of plastic packaging in the supermarket.

# giy - Saturday 13 January, 2018

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

Jan 13th 2018, 12:30 PM 13,444 Views 6 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 6 January, 2018

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

Jan 6th 2018, 12:30 PM 14,883 Views 5 Comments

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.

# giy - Saturday 30 December, 2017

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

Dec 30th 2017, 12:30 PM 18,474 Views 4 Comments

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.

# giy - Saturday 23 December, 2017

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

Dec 23rd 2017, 12:30 PM 9,503 Views 4 Comments

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.

# giy - Saturday 16 December, 2017

Gardening column: How to keep hens
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Gardening column: How to keep hens

Dec 16th 2017, 12:30 PM 24,672 Views 38 Comments

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.

# giy - Saturday 9 December, 2017

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

Dec 9th 2017, 12:30 PM 33,644 Views 29 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 2 December, 2017

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

Dec 2nd 2017, 12:30 PM 17,127 Views 3 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 25 November, 2017

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

Nov 25th 2017, 12:30 PM 30,778 Views 30 Comments

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.

# giy - Saturday 18 November, 2017

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

Nov 18th 2017, 12:30 PM 33,663 Views 105 Comments

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.

# giy - Saturday 11 November, 2017

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

Nov 11th 2017, 12:30 PM 7,031 Views 10 Comments

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.

# giy - Saturday 4 November, 2017

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

Nov 4th 2017, 12:30 PM 14,499 Views 11 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 28 October, 2017

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

Oct 28th 2017, 12:30 PM 12,144 Views 7 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 21 October, 2017

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

Oct 21st 2017, 12:30 PM 7,461 Views 8 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 14 October, 2017

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

Oct 14th 2017, 12:30 PM 6,018 Views 3 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 7 October, 2017

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

Oct 7th 2017, 12:30 PM 3,938 Views 2 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 30 September, 2017

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

Sep 30th 2017, 12:30 PM 5,885 Views 6 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 23 September, 2017

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

Sep 23rd 2017, 12:30 PM 4,886 Views 9 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 16 September, 2017

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

Sep 16th 2017, 12:30 PM 9,506 Views 53 Comments

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.

# giy - Saturday 9 September, 2017

Gardening: Autumn is coming - grab some salvaged timber and get to work on your 'raised beds'
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Gardening: Autumn is coming - grab some salvaged timber and get to work on your 'raised beds'

Sep 9th 2017, 1:33 PM 8,413 Views 8 Comments

I am all for the occasional cheat if it helps me to grow better veggies, writes Micheal Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 2 September, 2017

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

Sep 2nd 2017, 12:30 PM 15,118 Views 29 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 26 August, 2017

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

Aug 26th 2017, 12:30 PM 2,715 Views 0 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 19 August, 2017

Gardening: Grow your own tomatoes - from seed to sauce
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Gardening: Grow your own tomatoes - from seed to sauce

Aug 19th 2017, 12:30 PM 5,486 Views 13 Comments

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.

# giy - Saturday 12 August, 2017

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

Aug 12th 2017, 12:30 PM 6,479 Views 1 Comment

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.

# giy - Saturday 5 August, 2017

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

Aug 5th 2017, 12:30 PM 6,253 Views 16 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 29 July, 2017

GIY: 'Turnips are perfect for late summer sowing'
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GIY: 'Turnips are perfect for late summer sowing'

Jul 29th 2017, 12:30 PM 2,808 Views 10 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 22 July, 2017

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

Jul 22nd 2017, 12:30 PM 4,549 Views 9 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 15 July, 2017

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

Jul 15th 2017, 12:30 PM 5,330 Views 18 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 8 July, 2017

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

Jul 8th 2017, 12:30 PM 2,990 Views 8 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 1 July, 2017

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

Jul 1st 2017, 1:00 PM 1,913 Views 2 Comments

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

# giy - Saturday 24 June, 2017

Gardening: Pick your beetroot early for summer salads and slaws
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Gardening: Pick your beetroot early for summer salads and slaws

Jun 24th 2017, 12:30 PM 989 Views 1 Comment

We’ve been enjoying the first batch of fresh beetroot from the veg patch, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 17 June, 2017

'A bowl of seasonal goodness using veg from our land and fish from our seas'
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'A bowl of seasonal goodness using veg from our land and fish from our seas'

Jun 17th 2017, 12:30 PM 162 Views 4 Comments

This is a light, vibrant, cheap and healthy alternative to the traditional seafood chowder, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 3 June, 2017

Gardening column: Growing carrots in the veg patch and roasting radishes in the kitchen
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Gardening column: Growing carrots in the veg patch and roasting radishes in the kitchen

Jun 3rd 2017, 12:30 PM 344 Views 2 Comments

In a chaotic world, the veg patch is a place of such calm, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 20 May, 2017

GIY Comfrey: Grown for it's healing powers, comfrey is a great garden fertiliser
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GIY Comfrey: Grown for it's healing powers, comfrey is a great garden fertiliser

May 20th 2017, 12:30 PM 3,383 Views 13 Comments

Comfrey sends its roots deep into the soil and brings up nutrients, most notably potassium, writes Michael Kelly.