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

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

May 20th 2017, 12:30 PM 4,191 Views 13 Comments

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

Grow it yourself: Pearl barley and spring greens soup
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# Gardening

Grow it yourself: Pearl barley and spring greens soup

May 13th 2017, 12:30 PM 393 Views 9 Comments

Plants are bursting forward into life, producing green leaves which are nature’s great and wise spring tonic, writes Michael Kelly.

Fancy a nettle tea? Spring nettles are abundant right now and have lots of health benefits
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# Gardening

Fancy a nettle tea? Spring nettles are abundant right now and have lots of health benefits

May 6th 2017, 12:30 PM 1,012 Views 25 Comments

Nettles are high in vitamins and minerals, blood-cleansing, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergy, writes Michael Kelly.

When to use horticultural fleece: 'The Irish spring can bite you in the bum'
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# Gardening Column

When to use horticultural fleece: 'The Irish spring can bite you in the bum'

Apr 29th 2017, 12:30 PM 1,593 Views 3 Comments

Let’s hope that’s the end of the cold nights for this year, writes Michael Kelly.

Gardening: Grow your own ingredients for the Hairy Bikers' cheesy, oniony panhaggerty
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# GIY

Gardening: Grow your own ingredients for the Hairy Bikers' cheesy, oniony panhaggerty

Apr 22nd 2017, 12:30 PM 145 Views 0 Comments

The humble onion is one of the most important and versatile vegetables of all, so much so that it’s still worth shedding a few tears over, writes Michael Kelly.

Grow it yourself: Seed sowing tips from our gardening guru
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# Read Me

Grow it yourself: Seed sowing tips from our gardening guru

Apr 15th 2017, 12:30 PM 730 Views 29 Comments

It’s the perfect time of the year to talk about sowing seeds, writes Michael Kelly.

GIY column: This week, it's time to start sowing your vegetable seeds
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# Gardening

GIY column: This week, it's time to start sowing your vegetable seeds

Apr 8th 2017, 12:30 PM 575 Views 3 Comments

I am constantly looking for things that simplify my gardening, writes Michael Kelly.

GIY: Growing tomatoes successfully and a pitta pocket recipe
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# Gardening

GIY: Growing tomatoes successfully and a pitta pocket recipe

Apr 1st 2017, 12:30 PM 536 Views 6 Comments

Growing tomatoes successfully in Ireland is about cheating our climate, writes Michael Kelly.

Gardening: It's spring in the veg patch and we have a recipe for broccoli and cheese risotto
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# GIY

Gardening: It's spring in the veg patch and we have a recipe for broccoli and cheese risotto

Mar 25th 2017, 12:30 PM 55 Views 3 Comments

There’s something about this time of the year that just gladdens the heart, writes Michael Kelly.

'Irish people put their spuds in the ground around St Paddy’s Day, believing it to be an auspicious day'
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# Gardening

'Irish people put their spuds in the ground around St Paddy’s Day, believing it to be an auspicious day'

Mar 18th 2017, 12:30 PM 1,238 Views 6 Comments

We have somewhat of a pre-parade tradition in the Kelly household of sowing spuds with the children, writes Michael Kelly.

Gardening column: What to grow when you don't have much space, plus a wild garlic pesto recipe
# The Vegetable Patch
# The Vegetable Patch

Gardening column: What to grow when you don't have much space, plus a wild garlic pesto recipe

Mar 11th 2017, 12:30 PM 221 Views 8 Comments

Not all vegetables are equal if you’re space constrained, writes GIY Guru Michael Kelly.

Luscious starter of broccoli gratin with anchovy-infused cream: Grow it yourself
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# Recipe

Luscious starter of broccoli gratin with anchovy-infused cream: Grow it yourself

Mar 4th 2017, 12:30 PM 199 Views 7 Comments

Rich anchovy-infused cream is a lovely foil to the fresh greenness of the broccoli, writes Michael Kelly.

Updates from the potting shed - and a recipe for spicy carrot and lentil soup
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# Gardening Column

Updates from the potting shed - and a recipe for spicy carrot and lentil soup

Feb 25th 2017, 3:00 PM 195 Views 3 Comments

There’s an overall sense of spring in the air and the mild weather makes the job of coaxing seeds up a little easier, writes Michael Kelly.

GIY Guru: 'I’ve become interested in mindfulness, sitting quietly for ten minutes, in the morning'
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# Gardening

GIY Guru: 'I’ve become interested in mindfulness, sitting quietly for ten minutes, in the morning'

Feb 18th 2017, 12:00 PM 135 Views 5 Comments

From grown-up colouring books to Paul Martin’s award-winning garden at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, mindfulness is still very much having a moment, writes Michael Kelly.

Courgette shortage: Grow your own instead plus a recipe for pan-fried Jerusalem artichokes
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# Gardening

Courgette shortage: Grow your own instead plus a recipe for pan-fried Jerusalem artichokes

Feb 11th 2017, 12:30 PM 188 Views 18 Comments

A shortage of certain vegetables in our supermarkets has spurred a rise in the sale of seeds. It’s easy and very rewarding to grow your own, writes Michael Kelly.

Gardening: 'When children grow their own food, they develop 'food empathy' and have better diets'
# Growing Food With Kids
# Growing Food With Kids

Gardening: 'When children grow their own food, they develop 'food empathy' and have better diets'

Feb 4th 2017, 3:00 PM 2,703 Views 5 Comments

Research shows that when children are involved in the garden, they are more likely to try new foods at home, writes Michael Kelly.

Gardening column: How to keep hens, plus a kale and cheddar cheese risotto recipe
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# Gardening

Gardening column: How to keep hens, plus a kale and cheddar cheese risotto recipe

Jan 28th 2017, 12:30 PM 353 Views 17 Comments

Keeping hens is a fast growing pastime. Find out how to do it well with Michael Kelly.

Gardening: Plant your potatoes right now plus a recipe for warming winter root veg frittata
# Grow It Yourself
# Grow It Yourself

Gardening: Plant your potatoes right now plus a recipe for warming winter root veg frittata

Jan 21st 2017, 12:30 PM 1,286 Views 5 Comments

It’s the perfect time of year to clean out your polytunnel and start sowing potatoes and carrots, writes gardening expert Michael Kelly.

Garden Guru: GIYing your own ingredients for hummus and beetroot burgers
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# Gardening

Garden Guru: GIYing your own ingredients for hummus and beetroot burgers

Jan 14th 2017, 12:30 PM 1,027 Views 7 Comments

Forget about the stuff you buy in tins. Fresh beetroot from the garden is much tastier and jam-packed with health-giving properties, writes Michael Kelly.

Gardening guru: January to-do list plus a delicious recipe for buttery colcannon
# GIY
# GIY

Gardening guru: January to-do list plus a delicious recipe for buttery colcannon

Jan 7th 2017, 12:30 PM 346 Views 7 Comments

January does not seem like the typical month for gardening, but there are actually several things you can do in the garden now, writes Michael Kelly.

GIY: For first-time vegetable growers, leeks are an easy and tasty option
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# Gardening

GIY: For first-time vegetable growers, leeks are an easy and tasty option

Dec 31st 2016, 8:30 AM 436 Views 5 Comments

Leeks are so commonplace and familiar that it’s all too easy to forget just how versatile they are, writes Michael Kelly.

GIY Chicory: Bring some colour to your vegetable patch and a bite to your salad bowls
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# Gardening

GIY Chicory: Bring some colour to your vegetable patch and a bite to your salad bowls

Dec 26th 2016, 5:30 PM 392 Views 0 Comments

Chicory are good in salads, but they are fairly fantastic when cooked too, writes Michael Kelly.

Mibuna: The mustardy Japanese leaf that's super easy to grow
# Giy Guru
# Giy Guru

Mibuna: The mustardy Japanese leaf that's super easy to grow

Dec 17th 2016, 2:00 PM 7,613 Views 9 Comments

The latest designer salad leaf has a peppery, nutty flavour not unlike rocket, writes Michael Kelly.

GIY Yacon: The Peruvian tuber that looks like a potato but tastes like a pear
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# Gardening

GIY Yacon: The Peruvian tuber that looks like a potato but tastes like a pear

Dec 10th 2016, 3:00 PM 3,492 Views 5 Comments

Just like last week’s oca, yacon is another unusual veg that we can thank our friends the ancient Incas for, writes Michael Kelly.

Corn salad: Super-hardy, nutty-flavoured salad leaves to sow now
# Grow It Yourself
# Grow It Yourself

Corn salad: Super-hardy, nutty-flavoured salad leaves to sow now

Nov 26th 2016, 3:00 PM 271 Views 3 Comments

Expert tips from our GIY guru, Michael Kelly, that will send you straight past the supermarket mixed bags.

Brussels sprouts are either the devil's spawn or a vital part of a healthy winter diet
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# GIY

Brussels sprouts are either the devil's spawn or a vital part of a healthy winter diet

Oct 22nd 2016, 1:00 PM 731 Views 27 Comments

Is there any vegetable more divisive?

"It never occurred to me to fail": Irish Chelsea Flower Show winner has her inspiring tale turned into a movie
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# Dare To Be Wild

"It never occurred to me to fail": Irish Chelsea Flower Show winner has her inspiring tale turned into a movie

Sep 25th 2016, 8:30 PM 51,390 Views 8 Comments

We talked to the women behind the film.

Jerusalem artichoke - the tasty, popular veg with a dark secret
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# Grow It Yourself

Jerusalem artichoke - the tasty, popular veg with a dark secret

Sep 17th 2016, 1:30 PM 6,675 Views 7 Comments

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with Jerusalem artichoke, a veg that’s become increasingly popular in high-end restaurants.

Turnip up: a veg that is tasty and easy to grow
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# Turnip For The Books

Turnip up: a veg that is tasty and easy to grow

Sep 10th 2016, 1:30 PM 1,676 Views 16 Comments

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with white turnips – perfect for casseroles and soups.

Claytonia: Not a metal band - a super-food you can grow in your back garden
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# Grow It Yourself

Claytonia: Not a metal band - a super-food you can grow in your back garden

Sep 3rd 2016, 1:30 PM 2,137 Views 10 Comments

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with claytonia, a leafy veg containing tons of vitamins and which will grow right through winter.

How to get red hot chilli peppers to behave in your garden
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# Some Like It Hot

How to get red hot chilli peppers to behave in your garden

Aug 27th 2016, 1:30 PM 1,262 Views 14 Comments

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with chilli peppers

Add some flavour to your life: How to grow spring onions
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# Grow It Yourself

Add some flavour to your life: How to grow spring onions

Aug 20th 2016, 1:30 PM 1,731 Views 15 Comments

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with spring onions, which are so easy to grow you can leave the kids in charge.

Grow it Yourself: Make your garden a little sweeter with some a-maize-ing corn
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# Grow It Yourself

Grow it Yourself: Make your garden a little sweeter with some a-maize-ing corn

Aug 13th 2016, 1:30 PM 1,136 Views 7 Comments

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with sweetcorn, a veg which tastes miles better when homegrown.

Everything you wanted to know about tomatoes but were too afraid to ask
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# Make Me Blush

Everything you wanted to know about tomatoes but were too afraid to ask

Aug 6th 2016, 1:30 PM 11,934 Views 26 Comments

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with tomatoes, a family favourite for soups, salads, sauces and snacks.

Magic beans: Make your own hummus with broad beans
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# Grow It Yourself

Magic beans: Make your own hummus with broad beans

Jul 30th 2016, 1:30 PM 571 Views 7 Comments

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with broad beans, a prolific and easy to grow veg.

For the love of cauliflower: A difficult veg to grow but it's worth it
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# Grow It Yourself

For the love of cauliflower: A difficult veg to grow but it's worth it

Jul 23rd 2016, 1:30 PM 3,151 Views 26 Comments

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with cauliflower, a good alternative for rice and pizzas.

Eat stalks and leaves: Fennel is the veg that keeps on giving
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# Grow It Yourself

Eat stalks and leaves: Fennel is the veg that keeps on giving

Jul 16th 2016, 1:30 PM 1,975 Views 10 Comments

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with fennel, a great summer vegetable.

Squeeze some squash into your life
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# Grow It Yourself

Squeeze some squash into your life

Jul 9th 2016, 1:30 PM 1,275 Views 5 Comments

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with the ideal veg for soup, stews and roasts.

Carve out a space in your garden for pumpkin
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# Grow It Yourself

Carve out a space in your garden for pumpkin

Jul 2nd 2016, 1:30 PM 1,151 Views 10 Comments

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with this brightly coloured treat

Earthy, homely and tasty: how to grow parsnips for this winter
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# Grow It Yourself

Earthy, homely and tasty: how to grow parsnips for this winter

Jun 25th 2016, 12:30 PM 242 Views 7 Comments

Michael Kelly continues his Grow It Yourself series with a plant that provides the quintessential taste of winter