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  • Guide to Growing Potatoes for Beginners - 6 Tips for Success

    What could be nicer than digging your own early potatoes out of the home garden? Potatoes are a relatively easy crop to grow, but here are 6 top tips to increase the chance of success. Chit before planting to give the plants a head start when planting. To chit/sprout leave the seed potatoes in trays with their eyes up in a light cool, frost free room. (Read more about chitting potatoes HERE) Fertilize soil well to achieve a good yield and quality. Potatoes need enough Nitrogen to produce good stalks and leaves, Phosphorus for good root growth and Potash for yield,
  • January Seasonable table - Parsnips

    Parsnips are a very reliable winter root vegetable.  They have a distinct nutty flavour and sweetness and are very versatile in the kitchen.  In Roman times they were believed to be an aphrodisiac and they were often used as a source of sugar before cane and beet sugars were available.  Parsnips are a member of the cow parsley family along with carrot, dill, fennel and parsley.  Treat as carrots in your rotation. How to Grow Parsnips Sow parsnips from February to May.  On light soils Tender and True are a very good variety whilst White Gem would be better for
  • 2018 Organic Seed Potato Catalogue

    Potato season is here! View and download the PDF of our 2018 Catalogue of Organic Seed Potatoes  by clicking on the link below. Fruit Hill Farm organic seed potato brochure 2018 We now have an even larger selection of Blight resistant varieties along with some interesting gourmet varieties for those of you that want something a bit different. View the full selection available on our online store  
  • Beginners guide to Sowing Seeds

    If you are thinking of starting a garden in January - seeds are a great place to start Getting Started with seeds Order seeds as companies will run out as the season goes on. If you are a beginner then exercise self control – grow what you like and what is relatively undemanding.  Lettuce, cabbage, peas and beans, beetroot, pumpkins and courgettes are all well within anyone’s reach.  Potatoes and onions are also great for a beginner.  Herbs are also a good choice and also decorative so could perhaps go on the patio or in the flower garden.  Keep records –
  • What are certified seed potatoes?

    Cerified seed potatoes are seed that has been certified for purity and freedom from disease by the Dept of Agriculture.  Each seed crop is inspected to confirm the identity of the variety, to ensure that it meets the minimum level of varietal purity and that it meets certain plant health and pest infection standards. The Irish Department of Agriculture where the first official body in Europe to establish a Seed Potato Certification Scheme in 1918. This ensured variety purity and disease and virus freedom.  You should only buy seed potatoes that are
  • Helping Winter Wildlife

    Winter can be tough for the wild things- but it is not too hard for us to help. Helping birds: Help birds in winter by placing fat blocks in wire cages. Balls in plastic nets are not recommended as birds can get caught in them.  The empty nets also end up as litter as they are often forgotten or dislodged by the weather. You can put out finely chopped bacon rind and grated cheese for small birds such as wrens. Thrushes and blackbirds favour fruit. Scatter over-ripe apples, raisins and song-bird mixes on the ground for them. Do not leave out large quantities of food
  • December Seasonal Table - Brussel Sprouts

    There are two types of people in the world – those that like sprouts and those that see sprouts as the vegetable that spoils Christmas.  This is probably all down to cooking so perhaps I should have started by saying there are two types of cooks in the world – those that respect the sprout and those that boil it so long it transforms into a little fart bomb! Why do sprout plants look so odd? After the construction of the second wall of Brussels in the fourteenth century, market gardening developed outside the wall. Vegetable growing took off so much so that space
  • Sprouting and Microgreens

    If you want fresh leaves  and sprouts for salads and sandwiches all year round then look no further than your own kitchen.  Sprouts and microgreens are easy to grow and will provide you with fresh nourishment even in the depths of winter. Sprouts Sprouts are quite simply the tender shoots of germinating seeds. (Not to be confused with Brussel sprouts, that popular Christmas favourite beloved by small children).  They are packed with protein, vitamins, enzymes and minerals. They are very easy to grow and can provide a valuable addition to any diet. Lovely in salads,
  • Early Earlies

    Early earlies are a treat to be savoured – and to get them on your plate in April/May you need to make a start now in December/January. Early potatoes have a short growing season – that is they will reach maturity within 10-12 weeks of planting depending on the severity of the weather.  Colleen, Casablanca, Sharpe’s Express or Red Duke of York are all reliable, tasty early varieties. Orla and British Queens (although officially these are second early varieties) can also be planted now for an early crop. Chitting potatoes Chitting is basically another word for
  • Look What's New

    In the past while we have been scouring the globe to bring you new products for environment friendly living and growing.  We can reveal that new to the extensive emporium of delights that is Fruit Hill Farm we have – Sprouting and Microgreens Supplies Looking good on the windowsill! Three tier terracotta sprouter. We have a whole new section dedicated to the growing of these tasty and  nutritious little wonders.  Can be grown on the kitchen windowsill for healthy, fresh food every day.  We have an extensive range of organic seeds for you to sprout as well!

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