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Richard's Ramblings July 27th - The most difficult year Richard has ever known as a grower

Richard's Ramblings July 27th - The most difficult year Richard has ever known as a grower

July 26, 2018 1 Comment

The year has really been the most difficult I’ve ever known as a grower, if you are new to growing and kept at it this year then you really are destined to spend the rest of your life looking at seed catalogues and debating the merits of different green manures; for those who have given up- next year has to be easier, have another go.
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The Basics by Michael Kelly - Pumpkin / Squash Care

The Basics by Michael Kelly - Pumpkin / Squash Care

July 20, 2018

Pumpkin and squash plants have really taken off in the last few weeks and the bed where they are planted is likely to be a mass of foliage now.
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Richard's Ramblings July 20th - What do non gardeners find entertaining?

Richard's Ramblings July 20th - What do non gardeners find entertaining?

July 20, 2018 1 Comment

In order to keep the GROW HQ garden entertaining for visitors I have decided that I need to find out what sort of things non-gardeners find interesting and exciting and did some research.
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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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