Grow Your Own

45,000 children to learn to grow their own food at school

Wed, 15 Feb 2017

GIY and innocent drinks team up to launch the sixth annual Sow & Grow initiative. The project will enable 45,000 primary school children across the country to learn how to grow their own food this spring. Primary schools across Ireland can now apply for a free Sow & Grow pack to be delivered to their school […]

November: Growing Your Own Top Tips

Tue, 01 Nov 2016

We have a pretty fixed view of what makes up the human body – cells, blood, tissues, bone and so on. But, did you know that inside your gut you carry around a whopping 2kg of microbes, which consists of over 1,000 different species of bacteria that outnumber our cells 10 to 1? Most of […]

October: Growing Your Own Top Tips

Mon, 17 Oct 2016

It really is hard to believe that it’s already October, and the year is winding down inexorably towards Halloween and that other mid-winter festival that will remain unmentioned. Thankfully there’s still some sowing activity to do this month that helps us to hang on to this year’s growing for a little longer. The way I […]

September: Grow Your Own Top Tips

Thu, 01 Sep 2016

Successful food growing is as much about time spent in the kitchen as in the veg patch and at this time of the year that point is usually in sharp focus. The garden is at its most productive in September and you’re unlikely to be able to use all of its bounty straight away. So, […]

August: Grow Your Own Top Tips

Mon, 01 Aug 2016

Written by Michael Kelly Successful food growing is as much about time spent in the kitchen as in the veg patch and at this time of the year that point is usually in sharp focus. The garden is at its most productive and you’re unlikely to be able to use all of its bounty straight […]

July: Grow Your Own With Michael Kelly

Fri, 08 Jul 2016

I own more cookbooks than is sensible, and though I can sometimes be accused of being a little slow on the uptake, I’ve spotted a trend in them of late – yes my fellow laggards, I bring you astonishing news: to an increasingly large number of our fellow citizens, carbs are bad. But fear not […]

June: Growing Your Own Top Tips

Fri, 10 Jun 2016

Tomatoes can be difficult to grow well, but I think a proper watering regime is one of the keys to an abundant crop. The secret to watering tomatoes properly is that you need to water ‘deep’. A healthy tomato plant is a thirsty beast, supported by a deep root system – so in other words, […]

Aldi pledges 100% sustainable bananas

Thu, 19 May 2016

Aldi is delighted to announce it is the first retailer in Ireland to buy 100% of its bananas from sustainable sources following a new agreement with its long term supplier Fyffes.  By the end of 2016, Aldi’s entire range of bananas will be sourced from either Rainforest Alliance or Fairtrade Foundation-certified farms, guaranteeing all bananas […]

Love Your Garden

Tue, 10 May 2016

Love Your Garden – and Reap the Rewards Alison Canavan, Lilly Higgins and master gardener Paul Martin introduce the Love Your Garden Guide from Bord na Móna Growise Love Your Garden Guide from Bord na Móna Growise is a series that offers simple tips to budding gardeners helping them to create a space in nature to […]

May: Grow Your Own Top Tips

Sun, 01 May 2016

Early this month I will be sowing my parsnips outside in the veg patch. Unlike carrots, they are relatively easy to grow (once you have persuaded them to germinate), and since they store well in the soil over the winter they are a valuable winter storage crop. I grow around 40 parsnips which is more […]

April: Grow It Yourself Tips

Wed, 06 Apr 2016

Michael Kelly from GIY International talks to us about what to do, sow and harvest this month. When you have been growing your own food for a few years, it’s easy to forget what it felt like when you started out first. I am talking about that sweaty, daunted, vaguely frightened feeling – afraid to start, afraid […]

March: Grow It Yourself Tips

Tue, 01 Mar 2016

In this month’s Grow It Yourself column Michael Kelly from GIY International talks to us about what to do, sow and harvest this month. The rise of carbs such as rice, pasta and cous cous has seen sales of potatoes decline by 20% in the last decade. In fact Bord Bia reports that sales of the spud […]