GIY Know-How

December Grower's Calendar

december

December Grower's Calendar

Preparation Continue digging over cleared vegetable beds and adding well rotted compost or manure. Get Educated – book yourself on a course over the winter! Start a Gardening Diary (gardeners have great plans but bad memories). Start planning what you would like to grow next year including at least one previously untried vegetable. Work out what crop rotation system you are going to use. Study and compare the various seed catalogues carefully before deciding on the best varieties to grow to suit your needs. Start a Compost corner or heap. If you don't already have one, plan a fruit garden/area...

Read more →


The Hows And Whys Of Autumn Onions And Garlic

food foodgrowing getting started giy growing home growing how to guide seed sowing soil what to do when to sow

The Hows And Whys Of Autumn Onions And Garlic

A shortage of garlic means prices are likely to rise next year, so why not grow your own? DRIP, DRIP, drip fell the raindrops last week, in what felt like one interminably long rainshower. It came as light drizzle, then heavy cloudbursts, followed by a grey, monotonous mizzle that made a mire of any vegetable plots. It also did for the annual autumn tidy- up in the OPW's walled kitchen garden, because despite OPW gardeners Meeda Downey and Brian Quinn's best intentions, a week of such watery weather made the task impossible. "The ground is soaking", complained Brian as he...

Read more →


The Basics by Michael Kelly - How to grow radishes

The Basics by Michael Kelly - How to grow radishes

Radishes can be sown pretty much anywhere!

Read more →


Richard's Ramblings August 10th - Pests and Diseases

head grower richard richard mee richards ramblings

Richard's Ramblings August 10th - Pests and Diseases

Everything seems a little more normal now, the soil is moist and the cooler temperatures suit both gardeners and our common crop plants.

Read more →


The Basics by Michael Kelly - Harvesting Garlic

The Basics by Michael Kelly - Harvesting Garlic

Knowing when to lift garlic can be a tricky proposition - harvest them too early and the bulbs will be too small, but harvest too late and the bulbs will begin to loose their quality.

Read more →