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#Gardening

From TheJournal.ie GIY: 'Don’t think about giving stuff up, think about taking things up instead' Column

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.

From TheJournal.ie Gardening: 'January is a great month to decide what you are going to grow this year' Read Me

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.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: 'Over a hot cup of soup, I was reminded how great you feel after a meitheal' Column

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.

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Gardening column: How to keep hens Read Me

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.

From TheJournal.ie Supermarket promotions: 'Down the road there is a ruinous cost to cheap food' Column

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.

From TheJournal.ie GIY leeks and a dish that will chase away the winter chills Gardening

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.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: 'School lunches shouldn't be about wolfing down a sandwich in ten minutes' Column

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.

From TheJournal.ie Food miles: Don't buy strawberries from Israel during Irish strawberry season Gardening

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.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: Winter warming pea and nettle soup using homegrown peas and foraged nettles Gardening

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.

From TheJournal.ie Grow yacon: 'It's exciting to grow something you've never grown before' Gardening

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.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: Grow your kitchen herbs indoors and have a constant winter supply Gardening

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.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: Ophelia's casualties in the garden and collecting seaweed post storm Gardening

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.

From TheJournal.ie 'October is "stock pot" month when carrots, leeks and parsnips come into their own' Gardening

'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.

From TheJournal.ie In the garden: Chutneys for relishing plus it's not too late to sow Gardening

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.

From TheJournal.ie Autumn's here. Cosy up with a steaming apple and blackberry crumble Gardening

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 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.

From TheJournal.ie When was the last time you had an Irish apple? 95% of ones we eat are imported How Do You Like Them

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.

From TheJournal.ie 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.

From TheJournal.ie Pickles, sauces and spiralising: Using up the summer's veg harvest Gardening

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.

From TheJournal.ie Gardening: Grow your own tomatoes - from seed to sauce Column

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.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: Make your own mildew spray and bake some courgette bread Gardening

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.

From TheJournal.ie Grow it yourself: 'Onions - a phenomenally useful veg' Column

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.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: 'Turnips are perfect for late summer sowing' Gardening

GIY: 'Turnips are perfect for late summer sowing'

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

From TheJournal.ie Gardening: This week, a beer trap for pesky slugs and seasonal soups Slug Hunting

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.

From TheJournal.ie Gardening: Forage elderflowers now for a fresh, blossom-infused cordial Elderflower Cordial Recipe

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 'Sunflowers literally follow the sun across the horizon, only to turn back and face east by sunrise' Gardening

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

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

From TheJournal.ie July Gardening: 'This is the start of a super-abundant period in the veg patch' GIY

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Gardening: Pick your beetroot early for summer salads and slaws GIY

Gardening: Pick your beetroot early for summer salads and slaws

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

From TheJournal.ie Grow it yourself: New potato salad with capers and herbs Gardening

Grow it yourself: New potato salad with capers and herbs

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

From TheJournal.ie Gardening column: Growing carrots in the veg patch and roasting radishes in the kitchen Recipe

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Grow it yourself: Barley salad with green garlic and sugarsnap peas Gardening

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie GIY Comfrey: Grown for it's healing powers, comfrey is a great garden fertiliser Gardening

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Grow it yourself: Pearl barley and spring greens soup Gardening

Grow it yourself: Pearl barley and spring greens soup

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

From TheJournal.ie Fancy a nettle tea? Spring nettles are abundant right now and have lots of health benefits Gardening

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

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

From TheJournal.ie When to use horticultural fleece: 'The Irish spring can bite you in the bum' Gardening Column

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Gardening: Grow your own ingredients for the Hairy Bikers' cheesy, oniony panhaggerty GIY

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Grow it yourself: Seed sowing tips from our gardening guru Read Me

Grow it yourself: Seed sowing tips from our gardening guru

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

From TheJournal.ie GIY column: This week, it's time to start sowing your vegetable seeds Gardening

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

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

From TheJournal.ie GIY: Growing tomatoes successfully and a pitta pocket recipe Gardening

GIY: Growing tomatoes successfully and a pitta pocket recipe

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