Grow Cook Eat

Time Schedule

Tue 14:00 | Thu 18:00 | Fri 23:00 | Sat 07:00 | Sun 13:30


Grow Cook Eat responds to the burgeoning interest in growing your own food: you can grow vegetables and fruit in a very small garden, or even in containers on an apartment balcony. You don’t need half an acre or a polytunnel to do it.

Presented by Michael Kelly and Karen O’Donohoe of Grow it Yourself (GIY), each programme focuses on a particular vegetable and takes you through the entire process, from sowing the seed, to harvesting and to cooking.

This is a very practical series, aimed at people with little or no knowledge, but who like the idea of being able to grow at least something themselves. As well as the step-by-step guides to growing vegetables, there are features on building raised beds, making a compost heap and improving soil fertility.

We find out what happens to the rubbish that is put into brown bins and visit inspiring community, school and workplace gardens to see how popular growing is becoming all over the country – even with people who don’t have their own gardens.

Each programme ends with a recipe using the featured vegetable and made by one of two chefs featured in the series: Jessica Murphy, from Kai Restaurant in Galway, and Jack Kirwan, owner of the Sprout chain of restaurants in Dublin.

GIY (Grow It Yourself) is a powerful and growing movement that is definitely ‘on trend’ as people become more aware of food miles and the impact they are having on the environment. Vegetables you grow yourself don’t come smothered in plastic, or sitting in a non-recyclable plastic tray.

GROW COOK EAT is produced by David Hare of InproductionTV for RTÉ and is sponsored by BORD BIA and

12-18 April: Episode 7


Peas are wonderful vegetables to grow. Michael Kelly and Karen O’Donohoe show us how to get from seed to plate with peas and more.

Episode 1

The Potato

Episode One shows viewers how to grow Ireland’s most popular vegetable, the potato, from start to finish.

Far from humble, the potato is a great source of nutrition, and surely the most versatile vegetable in terms of how it can be cooked.  Presenter Karen O’Donohoe joins the crew of a Thornton’s Recycling bin lorry as it collects brown bins from an estate in Dublin and finds out exactly what happens to the vegetable peelings and grass cuttings we throw into the bins.

The process, and the final destination, are surprising and encouraging: rubbish is turned into compost which is given to farmers to spread on their land, free of charge.

Karen also visits the Mud Island Community Garden in the shadow of Croke Park – originally a derelict site full of rubbish and discarded drugs paraphernalia.

Now it’s a thriving community garden which has brought the community together – people come to grow vegetables, fruit and flowers; or to socialise, or eat pizza – or all three. In the words of one of the organisers:

“The community hasn’t made the garden, the garden has made the community”.

This first programme ends with chef Jessica Murphy, owner of Kai Restaurant in Galway, making a Norwegian potato cake with the potatoes that have come from the Grow Cook Eat Garden in the GIY HQ in Waterford.

Episode 2

Tomatoes – A Meal in Themselves

Unfortunately, most of the imported supermarket tomatoes we buy taste of absolutely nothing at all. It is not until you grow your own that you realise this! The homegrown tomato is a delectable treat, and while a little TLC is required to grow them, it’s worth the effort.

Presenter Michael Kelly visits Grantstown Nurseries in Ballygunner, Co Waterford, to learn about tomato growing on a commercial scale, and this week GROW COOK EAT also delves deep into soil fertility to get a better understanding of it and of how we can improve it.

Jack Kirwan, owner of the Sprout chain of restaurants in Dublin, takes over the Grow Cook Eat café this week and prepares a Garden Tomato Salsa and Tomato Pesto.

Episode 3


This week, it’s all about garlic – a ridiculously easy vegetable to grow. Chef Jessica Murphy cooks show us how to cook various dishes, with garlic as the start ingredient.

Episode 4


Michael Kelly and Karen O’Donohoe show us how to grow beetroot. Jack Kirwan cooks up three beetroot dishes you’ll want to try in our own kitchen.

Episode 5


Carrots are and amazing vegetable to grow because they are sweet and packed full of flavour. We learn how to grow them, and then head to the kitchen to see a few ways we can make a meal out of them.

Episode 6


There’s nothing like the taste of fresh green straight from the garden. Jack Kirwan demonstrates how to mix up fresh produce to create the most delectable salads.

Episode 7


Peas are wonderful vegetables to grow.  Michael Kelly and Karen O’Donohoe show us how to get from seed to plate with peas and more.