GIY Know-How — home growing

The Hows And Whys Of Autumn Onions And Garlic

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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...

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Caitriona Kelly; Practising What I Teach

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Caitriona Kelly; Practising What I Teach

By engaging in the simple act of sowing seeds, the feeling of low-level anxiety that I’d been experiencing, had dissipated. By the time I’d sown twelve trays, the energy in my body had shifted, and my mind had had a chance to rest, the loop interrupted.

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Spring is in the air

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Spring is in the air

The garden should be a refuge from the unnatural pressures of much of contemporary society, not an additional source of mental conflict.

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Ten things to do to start growing food.

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Ten things to do to start growing food.

“Sure I wouldn’t know where to start”, one of the most common reasons people give us for not growing food. And fair enough, where do you start with growing food? Right here, that’s where.

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Growing in containers, window boxes, balconies and indoors.

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Growing in containers, window boxes, balconies and indoors.

We hear a lot about how people just don’t have the time, or don’t have the space to grow food. Food growing comes in all shapes, sizes and amounts of effort required so everyone has the time and space to grow a little bit.

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