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Saturday 21 April, 2018

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

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

Saturday 14 April, 2018

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

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

Saturday 7 April, 2018

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

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

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

Saturday 31 March, 2018

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

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.

Saturday 24 March, 2018

GIY: Secrets to growing your own juicy tomatoes

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

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'

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

Saturday 10 March, 2018

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

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

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

Saturday 3 March, 2018

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

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

Saturday 24 February, 2018

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

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

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

Saturday 17 February, 2018

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

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

Saturday 10 February, 2018

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

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.’

Saturday 3 February, 2018

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

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

Saturday 27 January, 2018

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

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

Saturday 20 January, 2018

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday 11 November, 2017

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

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.

Saturday 4 November, 2017

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

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

Saturday 28 October, 2017

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

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

Saturday 21 October, 2017

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

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

Saturday 14 October, 2017

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

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

Saturday 7 October, 2017

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

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

Saturday 30 September, 2017

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

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

Saturday 23 September, 2017

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

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

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

Saturday 16 September, 2017

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

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.

Saturday 9 September, 2017

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

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

Saturday 2 September, 2017

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

Lunches: Think beyond sandwiches as new school term begins'

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

Saturday 26 August, 2017

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

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

Saturday 19 August, 2017

Gardening: Grow your own tomatoes - from seed to sauce

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.

Saturday 12 August, 2017

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

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.

Saturday 5 August, 2017

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

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

Saturday 29 July, 2017

GIY: 'Turnips are perfect for late summer sowing'

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

Saturday 22 July, 2017

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

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

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