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  • All About Turnips and Swedes

    The History of the Turnip & Swede Turnips are a cruciferous vegetable (member of the mustard family). Turnips thrive in cool climates. The turnip that we know is thought to have descended from the Wild Turnip which is native to Central Asia, the Mediterranean and the Near East. The turnip was a well-established crop in Roman times. Fast forward to Viscount Charles Townshend of Raynham - Turnip Townsend - No, this man did not have a turnip shaped head! He was often known as Turnip Townshend because of his strong interest in farming turnips. He promoted the Norfolk
  • Introduction to Pruning

      The country’s trees have taking quiet a bashing this year and many of us are still clearing up damaged and felled trees. We can make the best of it by stocking up the woodshed and plan some winter pruning while we’re at it. With some exceptions, most trees are pruned in winter anyways. This is largely because deciduous plants go dormant in the winter and so less stress is received by the plant. There are other reasons for winter pruning. All the energy of the plant has been drawn in to its roots in the winter. This means the plant will have a large
  • Digging - Best Practice and Tools for the Job

      It is great to see the recent burst of interest and research into no-dig farming methods as a means to preserve and promote the health of our soils. However, it is unlikely we will be downing tools anytime soon in our gardens as mechanically working the soil is by far the quickest way to convert a patch of unused land into a fertile and workable medium for vegetable plants. By cultivating the soil, we can quickly create an ideal loose friable structure by breaking up compaction and a directly adding organic matter such as compost and manure. This provides
  • Growing, Storing and Eating Organic Pumpkins

    The Fruit Hill Farm Guide to Organic Pumpkins - Growing, Storing, Eating and everything else you need to know! What’s not to like about pumpkin.  Easy to grow, fantastic colour, store well, very versatile in the kitchen, very nutritious, edible seeds and can even be used as a Halloween decoration!  That’s a lot of plus points. How to grow Organic Pumpkins Sow organic seeds in mid April in medium sized pots in good quality organic compost. They like a bit of heat to germinate so either put them in the hot-press or in a heated propagator. As soon as they have
  • What are Natural Paints?

    Paint – Look beyond the colour The properties that we desire in paint - such as durability, dispersion, resistance to fungus and vibrant colour - are unfortunately generally achieved by the use of man-made chemical additives.  The constituents of most paints may include formaldehyde, heavy metals and volatile organic compounds - or VOCs for short (those VOCs are partially responsibe for that 'new' smell).  They are given out while painting - and in some building products they last for up to five years after the job was done.  Prolonged exposure to some VOCs
  • Natural wall paint

    Emulsion Paint Indoor walls and ceilings account for the largest area of paint coverage in our homes. As such, it is a good place to start when trying to create a healthier environment within them. Dubron is a high quality emulsion which is solvent free. This chalk and soya oil based paint is a longstanding product of Livos. Its strong creamy consistency gives it a low tendency to drip or splash and when dry it allows walls to breath. The chalk finish also contributes to the sanitation of the air due to its natural antifungal properties. Due to the addition of
  • Natural wood care

    Livos wood care products will colour, enhance and care for all your wood items in a natural and sustainable way.  The base of most LIVOS products is the oil of linseed - one of the oldest cultivated plants.  You could say that linseed is woods best friend! Linseed Oil Flowers of Linseed (or Flax). When used as a wood finish, linseed oil dries slowly and shrinks little upon hardening. Linseed oil does not cover the surface as varnish does, but soaks into and fills up the (visible and microscopic) pores, leaving a shiny but not glossy surface that enhances the
  • September Garden Ponder

    I love my garden and just like this red squirrel I think it is the perfect place to chill out.  Your garden is probably in full swing at the moment  - and now in the middle of September is a very good time to have a bit of a ponder and assess your efforts whilst there is still shape and form there to look at.  It is very easy to forget what it all looks like by next February! Make a plan – take photos You really do forget how big things grow so taking a few photos is a good idea.  After a number of seasons you can see how the garden changes of its own accord -
  • September Seasonal Table: Apples

    We are getting reports of people having a good crop of apples in Ireland this year so we thought we'd take a closer look at what we can do with a bumper harvest of apples. Apples are delicious and they are nutritious! They are a good source of fibre and Vitamin C and are extremely rich in antioxidants, although most of the apples nutrients are found in the skin rather than in its flesh so it's wise to eat them unpeeled. Apples are a pretty versatile fruit when it comes to cooking with them and using them in the kitchen. They are good at breakfast, lunch, and teatime!
  • How to make Sauerkraut

      Cabbage drill Make sure your pot and all utensils are clean before you start. Give the cabbage head a good rinse and remove any insects or debris. Remove and discard the stump and chewy parts (inside) the cabbage head. This can be done most simply using a cabbage drill. Remove two large outer cabbage leaves for use later.   Mandolin for slicing cabbage. Before placing the cabbage into the crock for fermentation, the cabbage has to be cut up - this is best done using a cabbage slicer or mandolin. Thinly sliced pieces make it easier for the juice to be

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