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The Basics by Michael Kelly Ways to “store” tomatoes

The Basics by Michael Kelly Ways to “store” tomatoes

July 13, 2018 2 Comments

The Basics by Michael Kelly – Ways to “store” tomatoes
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Richard's Ramblings July 13th - Growing is not usually this difficult!

Richard's Ramblings July 13th - Growing is not usually this difficult!

July 13, 2018

Richard thought it was about time he resumed rambling again after a few weeks of inactivity. The heat and drought has created lots of extra work...
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Mental Well Being in an Open Prison by Caitriona Kelly

Mental Well Being in an Open Prison by Caitriona Kelly

June 29, 2018

Last week, back when the memory of rain-sodden fields and water-rich clay soil was still fresh, the 16-week programme in therapeutic horticulture at Loughan House Open Prison in Cavan came to a close.
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The Basics by Michael Kelly Tips for Conserving Water

The Basics by Michael Kelly Tips for Conserving Water

June 28, 2018 3 Comments

Generally speaking, we don’t need to water much if at all outside in the veg patch in a typical Irish summer.  But in these heatwave conditions, watering is indeed necessary and conserving water becomes a significant challenge. 
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Richard's Ramblings June 22nd - Fertilisers, Mohicans and More

Richard's Ramblings June 22nd - Fertilisers, Mohicans and More

June 22, 2018 1 Comment

The rough grass between my tunnels needed its’ annual strim this week and as ever large quantities of the macerated vegetation ended up in my hair.
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The Basics by Michael Kelly Growing Cucumbers

The Basics by Michael Kelly Growing Cucumbers

June 22, 2018

I grow cucumbers exactly like tomatoes, planting them in the polytunnel and allowing them to climb (they can grow up to 2m high
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growing aubergines

The Basics by Michael Kelly Growing Good Aubergines

June 14, 2018

I sometimes think that aubergines are easy to grow, but hard to grow well if you know what I mean.  I find the plants easy to raise, but it’s a harder job to get good fruit.
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Richard's Ramblings June 5th - Plant Spacing and Thinning

Richard's Ramblings June 5th - Plant Spacing and Thinning

June 05, 2018

The white umbels of the cow parsley provide a wonderful natural flower show at this time of year, ribbons of lacy white flowers along the hedgerows, until you get to the strip of sprayed verge. How anyone can think a strip of dead, brown vegetation is more attractive than head high white flowers is beyond me. 
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Richard's Ramblings May 25th by Richard Mee

Richard's Ramblings May 25th by Richard Mee

May 25, 2018

The long wet winter is quickly fading into memory now with the sun on our backs and the soil drying out. Though look closely at the garden in GROW HQ and you will see the scars inflicted by the cold and wet.
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Richard's Rambling May 19th - Pollination

Richard's Rambling May 19th - Pollination

May 18, 2018 1 Comment

It’s apple blossom season, one of my favourite times of year. If you are reading this on a warm sunny afternoon and you have a blossoming tree outside then stop reading immediately and go outside to look at the tree.
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The Basics

The Basics "Potting up" Courgettes, Squashes and Pumpkins

May 18, 2018

I sow courgette, squash, cucumber and pumpkin plants in large module trays but they grow incredibly quickly and need to be put in to larger pots within 2 weeks or so. 
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Richard's Ramblings 11th May by Richard Mee

Richard's Ramblings 11th May by Richard Mee

May 11, 2018 1 Comment

I was saddened to see, in the catalogue of horticultural supplies I use, that you could buy a device to put in the eaves of your house that stops the house martins nesting. I was trying to imagine what soulless people want to deprive themselves of the sight of these beautiful birds, not to mention the free supply of nitrogen rich fertiliser. 
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