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

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

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 TheJournal.ie From the Garden: 'Topsy turvy doesn’t begin to describe our weather' Column

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

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

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

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Reflecting on the year - it all went great except for the aubergines! Grow It Yourself

From the Garden: Reflecting on the year - it all went great except for the aubergines!

As usual, the aubergines were a disaster – at this stage, I think I only bother sowing them because there’s not much else to do in February, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Supermarkets selling below cost veg is hurting farmers and it is bad for us all Column

From the Garden: Supermarkets selling below cost veg is hurting farmers and it is bad for us all

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 TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Every cloud has a silver lining and bogland proved useful this summer Column

From the Garden: Every cloud has a silver lining and bogland proved useful this summer

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 TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Leeks don't get the recognition they deserve Column

From the Garden: Leeks don't get the recognition they deserve

Leeks often don’t grab the health headlines the way their allium cousins – garlic and onions do. But they contain most of the same flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Artichokes have an unfortunate nickname but don't let that turn you off Fartichokes

From the Garden: Artichokes have an unfortunate nickname but don't let that turn you off

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

From TheJournal.ie A Dublin dad was growing 'hipster' veg in his garden back in 1955 Column

A Dublin dad was growing 'hipster' veg in his garden back in 1955

So many people in my generation remember their fathers toiling away in the garden, we’re only one generation removed from the soil, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Your green tomatoes are unlikely to ripen now - so use them up in chutney Opinion

From the Garden: Your green tomatoes are unlikely to ripen now - so use them up in chutney

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

From TheJournal.ie From the garden: 'Do not 'Irish mammy' the sprouts by boiling the divil out of them for 20 minutes' GIY

From the garden: 'Do not 'Irish mammy' the sprouts by boiling the divil out of them for 20 minutes'

Instead blanch them for just a few minutes, writes Michael Kelly, as he also advises on growing beetroot and making celery soup.

From TheJournal.ie From the garden: 'When buying veg, always seek out Irish vegetables and try to avoid price promotions' GIY

From the garden: 'When buying veg, always seek out Irish vegetables and try to avoid price promotions'

In 15 years more than half of Irish field vegetable growers have stopped production, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie From the garden: How to make your own tangy kimchi at home GIY

From the garden: How to make your own tangy kimchi at home

Here’s how to make sure you always have some homemade healthy kimchi to hand.

From TheJournal.ie As winter approaches now is the time to think about growing your own onions GIY

As winter approaches now is the time to think about growing your own onions

With temperatures dropping Michael Kelly has some tips to help you beef up your winter warmers.

From TheJournal.ie From the garden: 'It's ridiculous we spend money on vitamin C when blackberries rot in ditches all over Ireland' GIY

From the garden: 'It's ridiculous we spend money on vitamin C when blackberries rot in ditches all over Ireland'

This week, Michael Kelly has a recipe for blackberry crumble that’ll get some great vitamin C into your system.

From TheJournal.ie From the garden: How to make your own tomato ketchup from scratch GIY

From the garden: How to make your own tomato ketchup from scratch

Tomatoes are a vegetable that can be preserved in many ways – they can be used in jams, jellies, relishes and chutneys, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie From the garden: A recipe for a no-nonsense tomato and courgette soup, with no-nonsense ingredients GIY

From the garden: A recipe for a no-nonsense tomato and courgette soup, with no-nonsense ingredients

Michael Kelly from GIY talks us through how to store chillies, and also how to make a delicious warming soup.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: My father-in-law still dismisses kale as cattlefeed - but these days it’s rightly valued as a nutritional powerhouse Grow It Yourself

GIY: My father-in-law still dismisses kale as cattlefeed - but these days it’s rightly valued as a nutritional powerhouse

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

From TheJournal.ie 'Raw food doesn't have to be scary - but I think it's time for a bowl of homely hot soup' GIY

'Raw food doesn't have to be scary - but I think it's time for a bowl of homely hot soup'

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.

From TheJournal.ie How to make a simple tomato sauce that'll feed you all winter from the freezer GIY

How to make a simple tomato sauce that'll feed you all winter from the freezer

Use this sauce as a base for pizzas, pastas, stews, casseroles and soups. It’s even flavourful enough to be used by itself as a soup, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie In the garden: Even in the calm of the vegetable patch, it can be hard to stay mindful and focused GIY

In the garden: Even in the calm of the vegetable patch, it can be hard to stay mindful and focused

If you can get out of your head for an hour or so, you’ll automatically feel calmer – but the challenge is getting there, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie In the garden: How to fight back (nicely) against the caterpillars eating your plants GIY

In the garden: How to fight back (nicely) against the caterpillars eating your plants

Growing brassicas like kale or cauliflower is basically a war between you and the creatures that want to eat the plants, writes Michael Kelly of GIY.ie.

From TheJournal.ie Quinoa and grilled sourdough salad is a classic for summer evening supper or lunch Column

Quinoa and grilled sourdough salad is a classic for summer evening supper or lunch

It’s a good idea to cease watering onions for about two weeks before harvesting to help with that drying out, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie In the garden: 'French beans are, I think, one of the most underrated of vegetables' GIY

In the garden: 'French beans are, I think, one of the most underrated of vegetables'

Of all the legume family, they are my favourite to eat, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie GIY tomatoes: 'We are in what I like to call 'bruschetta' season' Growing

GIY tomatoes: 'We are in what I like to call 'bruschetta' season'

It’s a wonderful time of the year, when a simple lunch or dinner can easily be conjured up from nothing, once you have some decent sourdough bread in the bread bin, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie In the garden: Michael Kelly's top tips for conserving water use GIY

In the garden: Michael Kelly's top tips for conserving water use

In these heatwave conditions, watering is indeed necessary and conserving water becomes a significant challenge, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie In the garden: GIY cucumbers to make the perfect Tzatziki Read Me

In the garden: GIY cucumbers to make the perfect Tzatziki

I find them relatively easy to grow, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: 'The Khaki Campbell is one of the most prolific backyard ducks' Keeping Ducks

GIY: 'The Khaki Campbell is one of the most prolific backyard ducks'

Some of them literally lay an egg a day all year, contributing food for the table even when your hens have given up laying in the depths of winter, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: 'As we move in to summer, it’s important to keep sowing' Growing

GIY: 'As we move in to summer, it’s important to keep sowing'

There are still loads of vegetables that you can sow from seed, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Which veg plants need a lot of watering and which ones can withstand a bit of a drought? GIY

Which veg plants need a lot of watering and which ones can withstand a bit of a drought?

It’s difficult to come up with a definitive list, but here are some guidelines, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: 'I've been grappling with how we get kids to try beetroot and I reckon I've cracked it' Column

GIY: 'I've been grappling with how we get kids to try beetroot and I reckon I've cracked it'

Of course, some of them still didn’t like it after taking part in The Grand Beeturia Experiment, but that’s okay – at least they tried it, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie 'Slug patrols with a torch after dark have resumed, as have my attempts to lure them into beer traps' Growing

'Slug patrols with a torch after dark have resumed, as have my attempts to lure them into beer traps'

Last week I got the climbing beans out of module trays and in to the ground in the big tunnel, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: Get creative with delicious new potatoes using this Spanish tortilla recipe Column

GIY: Get creative with delicious new potatoes using this Spanish tortilla recipe

Serve as a generous lunch or light dinner with a salad of peppery green leaves, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Chickweed: 'Not only is it edible, it’s considered to be a nutritional powerhouse' Growing

Chickweed: 'Not only is it edible, it’s considered to be a nutritional powerhouse'

It’s a nice surprise to discover that what you have considered a real nuisance in the veg patch, could in fact turn out to be a blessing, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie Bio-insecticide Supernemos: 'Sometimes GIYing is not for the faint hearted' Growing

Bio-insecticide Supernemos: 'Sometimes GIYing is not for the faint hearted'

In a demise worthy of the cheesiest horror movie the nematodes then eat the wire worms from the inside out, writes Michael Kelly.

From TheJournal.ie GIY: Courgettes are easy to grow and incredibly prolific, growing freakishly fast Read Me

GIY: Courgettes are easy to grow and incredibly prolific, growing freakishly fast

Your only problem in fact will be working out what to do with all those courgettes, writes Michael Kelly.

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie In the garden: 'I find that my system is craving fresh greens after a long winter' Column

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.

From TheJournal.ie 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.

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