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Gardaí find suspected cannabis growhouse inside converted horsebox in Tipperary
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Gardaí find suspected cannabis growhouse inside converted horsebox in Tipperary

Apr 16th 2021, 3:11 PM 25,848 Views 44 Comments

The drugs were allegedly found inside a fully kitted-out horse transporter on land near Thurles.

Wellness Wednesday: Gardening can cultivate calm and resilience in any crisis
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Wellness Wednesday: Gardening can cultivate calm and resilience in any crisis

May 27th 2020, 7:00 AM 10,716 Views 4 Comments

As many people take to the garden during the Covid-19 shutdown, Fiann Ó Nualláin says there’s a mindful approach to the tasks that can improve wellbeing.

'The future of food is local'. Dave Whelan of the Edible Landscape Project says now is the time for us to make the change
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'The future of food is local'. Dave Whelan of the Edible Landscape Project says now is the time for us to make the change

Apr 18th 2020, 12:30 PM 57,907 Views 48 Comments

Whelan says we can make a small difference by thinking about our food sources.

'They won't be able to cut the grass in a few weeks': Calls for landscapers to be made essential workers
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'They won't be able to cut the grass in a few weeks': Calls for landscapers to be made essential workers

Apr 18th 2020, 8:30 AM 130,895 Views 135 Comments

Grass will not be able to be cut if allowed to grow for weeks on end, it has been warned.

From the Garden: Looks aren't everything - consider growing celeriac in this year's veg patch
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From the Garden: Looks aren't everything - consider growing celeriac in this year's veg patch

Jan 4th 2020, 1:00 PM 9,657 Views 6 Comments

It is a delicious vegetable included in mashed potato or even grated raw.

From the Garden: Growing tired of leftover turkey? Put it in a pie
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From the Garden: Growing tired of leftover turkey? Put it in a pie

Dec 28th 2019, 12:45 PM 13,542 Views 8 Comments

It’s time to start thinking about next year’s garden as 2020 creeps ever-closer.

From the Garden: Get over your squeamishness - manure is gold dust for your veg patch
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From the Garden: Get over your squeamishness - manure is gold dust for your veg patch

Dec 21st 2019, 2:00 PM 10,581 Views 9 Comments

In other news, here’s a recipe for some creamy Brussels sprouts to posh up your Christmas dinner.

From the Garden: Eat your (locally grown) vegetables this Christmas
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From the Garden: Eat your (locally grown) vegetables this Christmas

Dec 14th 2019, 1:00 PM 10,520 Views 11 Comments

There is always a price to cheap food, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: Making the most of polytunnel growing this winter
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From the Garden: Making the most of polytunnel growing this winter

Nov 16th 2019, 1:00 PM 24,114 Views 1 Comment

I feel blessed to have so much delicious, nutritious food to hand, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: Food could be the biggest asset of all if climate change worsens
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From the Garden: Food could be the biggest asset of all if climate change worsens

Nov 9th 2019, 1:00 PM 13,265 Views 14 Comments

Growing your own food could be even more important in the future, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: Using celeriac in more than just mashed potatoes
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From the Garden: Using celeriac in more than just mashed potatoes

Nov 2nd 2019, 1:00 PM 14,655 Views 3 Comments

As Winter begins, there’s no better time to pickle some chilis or cook with more root vegetables, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: Sow your garlic before Halloween to ensure a plentiful crop by next June
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From the Garden: Sow your garlic before Halloween to ensure a plentiful crop by next June

Oct 26th 2019, 1:00 PM 13,868 Views 4 Comments

Although traditionally sown in December, putting the garlic in the ground now gives it the best chance of thriving in cold weather.

From the Garden: Using seaweed to compost at home before winter hibernation
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From the Garden: Using seaweed to compost at home before winter hibernation

Oct 12th 2019, 1:00 PM 17,420 Views 5 Comments

Roasting root vegetables has become a staple in our house, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: Harvesting, storing and pickling fresh pears this season
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From the Garden: Harvesting, storing and pickling fresh pears this season

Oct 5th 2019, 1:00 PM 9,208 Views 2 Comments

It’s difficult to tell when pears are ripe but there is a knack to it, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: When it comes to harvesting and eating sweetcorn... timing is everything
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From the Garden: When it comes to harvesting and eating sweetcorn... timing is everything

Sep 14th 2019, 1:00 PM 8,422 Views 2 Comments

There’s something so elementally enjoyable about peeling back a sweetcorn’s skin to find the beautiful shiny yellow kernels underneath, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: How to make the perfect sauerkraut at home
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From the Garden: How to make the perfect sauerkraut at home

Aug 24th 2019, 1:00 PM 12,635 Views 4 Comments

Although the name is German, the probiotic food has its origins in China.

From the Garden: Homegrown tomatoes are perfect for these 'Anytime Eggs'
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From the Garden: Homegrown tomatoes are perfect for these 'Anytime Eggs'

Jul 27th 2019, 1:00 PM 12,240 Views 0 Comments

Turnips are very easy to grow and because they produce a crop so quickly, they are an ideal candidate for late summer sowing.

From the Garden: Taking care of your plants and getting an early crop
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From the Garden: Taking care of your plants and getting an early crop

Jul 6th 2019, 1:00 PM 11,566 Views 8 Comments

A hardy crop of broad beans and homemade herbal tea is on the agenda from the garden, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: How to make the most of this super-abundant summer period
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From the Garden: How to make the most of this super-abundant summer period

Jun 29th 2019, 1:00 PM 12,598 Views 11 Comments

There’s plenty to do in the garden as abundant rain and improving temperatures mean everything is growing quickly, write Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: Build your own insect hotel and bookings will start rolling in
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From the Garden: Build your own insect hotel and bookings will start rolling in

Jun 22nd 2019, 1:00 PM 28,381 Views 23 Comments

An insect hotel will encourage more wildlife and biodiversity into the garden, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: Tomatoes are the most high-maintenance of all veg plants - but they’re worth it
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From the Garden: Tomatoes are the most high-maintenance of all veg plants - but they’re worth it

Jun 15th 2019, 1:00 PM 15,422 Views 14 Comments

As well as specific watering methods there is the regular pinching out of side shoots to allow air to circulate around the plants, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: There are very few commercial growers left but you can buy direct from some of them
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From the Garden: There are very few commercial growers left but you can buy direct from some of them

Jun 8th 2019, 1:00 PM 16,027 Views 10 Comments

As consumers we have to vote with our wallets, eating in season and buying Irish, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: A strategic approach is required to water your tomatoes
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From the Garden: A strategic approach is required to water your tomatoes

Jun 1st 2019, 1:00 PM 16,572 Views 9 Comments

Because they are a deep-rooting plant, it’s not effective to spray water at the soil, you need to get down to the roots, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: The Hungry Gap must be filled and this kale and gnocchi broth will do the job
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From the Garden: The Hungry Gap must be filled and this kale and gnocchi broth will do the job

May 25th 2019, 1:00 PM 8,460 Views 1 Comment

Katie Sanderson cooked this recipe in the Kale episode of this season’s GROW COOK EAT and the reaction was amazing, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: Carrots can be problematic to grow but the following tips will work
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From the Garden: Carrots can be problematic to grow but the following tips will work

May 18th 2019, 1:00 PM 16,742 Views 8 Comments

Many growing books will tell you to sow carrots in March or April but I always wait until May or June to sow mine, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: 'I worry about the implications of what Greta Thunberg’s saying for the cosy lives we lead'
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From the Garden: 'I worry about the implications of what Greta Thunberg’s saying for the cosy lives we lead'

Apr 27th 2019, 1:00 PM 66,212 Views 119 Comments

It is remarkable to watch this young woman speak her truth to power, writes Michael Kelly of Grow It Yourself Ireland.

From the Garden: Learn how to really grow parsnips, earth up spuds and make wild garlic pesto
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From the Garden: Learn how to really grow parsnips, earth up spuds and make wild garlic pesto

Apr 20th 2019, 1:00 PM 12,114 Views 4 Comments

‘Most parsnip seed packets will tell you to sow them in February – don’t do it,’ writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: 'It seems an opportune time to write about sowing seeds in module trays'
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From the Garden: 'It seems an opportune time to write about sowing seeds in module trays'

Apr 13th 2019, 1:00 PM 12,331 Views 6 Comments

‘The beauty of a module tray is that the roots of seedlings are kept apart which means you don’t upset them when you are transplanting them’, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: How to grow broadbeans? Start by avoiding cheap compost
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From the Garden: How to grow broadbeans? Start by avoiding cheap compost

Apr 6th 2019, 1:00 PM 11,232 Views 3 Comments

It’s worth buying good quality potting compost – ideally one that is approved for use in organic production and peat-free, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: 'Growing tomatoes is a hobby that became an obsession and then spiralled out of control into a mania'
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From the Garden: 'Growing tomatoes is a hobby that became an obsession and then spiralled out of control into a mania'

Mar 30th 2019, 1:00 PM 14,717 Views 10 Comments

Growing tomatoes is a double-edged sword because once you’ve tasted a proper homegrown tomato you really can’t go back to the bland shop-bought alternative, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: What is the difference between celery and celeriac?
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From the Garden: What is the difference between celery and celeriac?

Mar 23rd 2019, 12:00 PM 14,295 Views 7 Comments

Time to transplant those tomatoes too. ‘Did you know that the little fuzzy hairs on the stem of a tomato seedling can become a root if planted under the soil?’

From the Garden: 'Traditionally Irish people put their spuds in the ground on or around St Patrick’s Day'
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From the Garden: 'Traditionally Irish people put their spuds in the ground on or around St Patrick’s Day'

Mar 16th 2019, 12:00 PM 12,653 Views 11 Comments

The act of harvesting spuds is pure GIY joy. Rummaging in the soil underneath a potato plant and finding lots of lovely tubers is as good as Christmas, writes Michael Kelly.

From the garden: Grow, Cook, Eat is back on TV this month and we'll be tackling food waste
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From the garden: Grow, Cook, Eat is back on TV this month and we'll be tackling food waste

Mar 9th 2019, 12:00 PM 10,222 Views 1 Comment

We’ll be teaching you to grow onions, pumpkins, sweetcorn, courgettes, kale, beans and chillis for all shapes and sizes of gardens, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: 'Topsy turvy doesn’t begin to describe our weather'
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From the Garden: 'Topsy turvy doesn’t begin to describe our weather'

Mar 2nd 2019, 1:00 PM 15,247 Views 7 Comments

‘All aspects of our lives – food, transport, energy and waste – will have to change dramatically if we’re to avoid catastrophe,’ writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: Learn how to grow peas in an old gutter pipe and to make a delicious gnocchi
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From the Garden: Learn how to grow peas in an old gutter pipe and to make a delicious gnocchi

Feb 23rd 2019, 1:00 PM 14,399 Views 9 Comments

Michelin star chef, Derry Clarke, with us at Grow HQ recently and he shares our homegrown, seasonal ethos, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: Celeriac is fabulously durable, and is useful for all sorts of recipes
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From the Garden: Celeriac is fabulously durable, and is useful for all sorts of recipes

Feb 16th 2019, 1:00 PM 11,527 Views 1 Comment

This week, Michael Kelly took advantage of a quiet period in the growing season to take stock.

From the Garden: Cleaning the house and garden are not chores - but the route to enlightenment
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From the Garden: Cleaning the house and garden are not chores - but the route to enlightenment

Feb 9th 2019, 1:00 PM 21,969 Views 6 Comments

Since reading the book, I’ve started sweeping the floor every morning in a mindful way – it’s delightfully old school and calming at the same time, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: The spirit of meitheal lives on as the neighbours come to lend a hand
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From the Garden: The spirit of meitheal lives on as the neighbours come to lend a hand

Feb 2nd 2019, 1:00 PM 13,896 Views 1 Comment

Turning over the soil in the polytunnel is a breeze with a little help from friends – who also provide some helpful tips, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: It's time to reflect on all the food we are importing that could be grown here
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From the Garden: It's time to reflect on all the food we are importing that could be grown here

Jan 19th 2019, 1:00 PM 14,037 Views 8 Comments

It’s no longer just about ‘exotic’ fruit and veg that are difficult to grow in Ireland, we are now importing lots of veg that grow perfectly well here, writes Michael Kelly.

From the Garden: How to make your own compost - you can learn from my mistakes
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From the Garden: How to make your own compost - you can learn from my mistakes

Jan 12th 2019, 1:00 PM 19,332 Views 16 Comments

I have had some God-awful compost heaps over the years – slimey, smelly, sludgy yokes that festered away in the corner of the garden, writes Michael Kelly.

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