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

Jan 5th 2019, 1:00 PM 9,813 Views 1 Comment

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

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 12,432 Views 15 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.

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 14,882 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.

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 15,612 Views 2 Comments

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

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 8,062 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

"It's just great knowing you didn't kill it": Why 'plant parenting' is becoming more popular than ever
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"It's just great knowing you didn't kill it": Why 'plant parenting' is becoming more popular than ever

Oct 27th 2018, 11:00 AM 4,413 Views 2 Comments

Plus, how to avoiding killing your plants.

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 12,866 Views 19 Comments

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

'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 14,967 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: '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 13,458 Views 6 Comments

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

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 14,903 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: '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 18,948 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.

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 9,510 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.

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

Dec 16th 2017, 12:30 PM 25,629 Views 35 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.

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 33,653 Views 29 Comments

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

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 17,134 Views 3 Comments

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

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 30,834 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.

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 33,768 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: 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 7,064 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.

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 14,795 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: 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 12,261 Views 7 Comments

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

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 7,748 Views 7 Comments

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

'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 6,025 Views 3 Comments

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

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 3,949 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.

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 5,926 Views 6 Comments

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

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 4,928 Views 9 Comments

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

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 9,953 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.

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 15,147 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.

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 2,732 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.

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 5,524 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: 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 6,491 Views 0 Comments

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.

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 6,305 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: '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 2,825 Views 10 Comments

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

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 4,608 Views 8 Comments

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

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 5,586 Views 18 Comments

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

'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 3,145 Views 6 Comments

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

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 1,928 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.

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 1,001 Views 1 Comment

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

Grow it yourself: New potato salad with capers and herbs
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Grow it yourself: New potato salad with capers and herbs

Jun 10th 2017, 12:30 PM 154 Views 9 Comments

The new potato crop is looking healthy right now, writes gardener Michael Kelly.

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 382 Views 2 Comments

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

Grow it yourself: Barley salad with green garlic and sugarsnap peas
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Grow it yourself: Barley salad with green garlic and sugarsnap peas

May 27th 2017, 12:30 PM 108 Views 1 Comment

We occasionally get some sugarsnap peas from the polytunnel to the kitchen (if the kids don’t eat them in situ first), writes gardener Michael Kelly.