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  • World Bee Day 20th May

    We all depend on the survival of bees (and other pollinators) Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend entirely on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity. What can I do to help? To celebrate World Bee Day and to help us all understand the importance of bees and other pollinators the 'Promote Pollinators' initiative is hosting a webinar about protecting and developing pollinators and their habitat. The
  • Thank You

      Coronavirus has knocked us all off course but Fruit Hill Farm is still here trying to serve gardeners, growers, smallholders, families, foragers, planters and all the wonderful people who want to make a difference by choosing an organic way of growing. We have been inundated by orders in the past while and unfortunately have had to limit our website opening to Mondays only – but we look forward to being able to resume a normal service shortly. Fruit Hill Farm is a small operation and our ten staff are working heroically to get out all the garden supplies to
  • Unusual Tubers

    Walk on the wild side this season and grow some unusual tubers Organic Yacon - Smallanthus sonchifolius  These perennial tubers from south America, look like a potato, grow like a Jerusalem artichoke, and taste a bit like a pear.  Easy to grow and store, high-yielding, super nutritious and crunchy like an apple. Growing Yacon Yacon is a perennial plant, so once you have planted it, so long as you look after it, you will have it forever.  It is easy to grow in most soils where there is reasonable rainfall and moderate heat.  They are large plants growing to a
  • Early Starters

    There’s a grand stretch in the evening and when it stops raining we should all be able to get out in the garden.  For the early starters it’s definitely worth covering the ground before planting to warm up the soil a little and protect it from the rain.  Either put up a small cloche or cover the soil with plastic or ground cover. All early crops will feel the benefit of protection with crop cover as this will provide some gentle heat and also increase light levels. Keep an eye out for slugs and use slug pellets  - those fresh new shoots are very tasty! As the
  • Spud you like!

    How do you like your potatoes? Soft and fluffy, pale and interesting or firm and flavoursome?  Whatever floats your boat we have a spud for that. Early   First up with the shortest growing cycle - no summer table is complete without a bowl of freshly dug tatties covered in butter!  New potatoes are quick off the mark and are ready 15 - 16 weeks after planting. If you have a polytunnel or greenhouse then you can plant them as early as January and have very early potatoes on the table in April/May - depending on the weather. Salad  Salad potatoes are ideal boiled
  • Peat Free Compost

    What is peat? Peat is a type of soil made up of waterlogged, partially-decomposed plant material which has built up over nearly 10,000 years in wetland habitats. Why shouldn’t we use it? The endangered curlew - often found in peatbogs. • Peat is finite. While in theory more can be made by decaying plants this is a very long process - It takes about a year to create just 1mm of peat. Once peat is extracted from a bog it cannot be replaced. • Peat is the largest and most efficient land-based store of carbon, one of the planet’s damaging greenhouse gases. Peat
  • Plant and Mineral Based Fertilizers

     NPK doesn’t have to be animal based – there are plenty of plant based fertilizers and soil amendments if you wish to avoid using animal products in your garden. Advantages of non-animal fertilizers Not using animal products in the garden might not be something you have considered before but going 'animal free' in the garden does have its advantages  - Fertilizers derived from non animal sources do not contain any pathogens such as ecoli.  This is important if you are growing salad or baby leaf crops which are grown for raw consumption. Non animal fertilizers
  • All About Onions

    The onion has been grown and selectively bred in cultivation for at least 7,000 years. Onions are part of the allium family - along with shallots, garlic and leeks. Onion Sets Onion sets are available as white or red for spring planting and as white onions for autumn planting. (Onion Sets are grown by sowing onion seed thickly late in the summer. The plants are allowed to grow just until they start forming bulbs. These immature bulbs are dug, cured like regular onions, then held in temperature-controlled warehouses until spring, when they are sold as onion sets). For
  • Blight Resistant Potatoes

      Blight Resistant Potatoes Given that blight can so quickly destroy an entire crop it makes sense to consider planting blight resistant varieties.  Blight resistant maincrops are particularly useful – high yielding with no threat or worry that blight will take your crop!  Take a look at the fantastic range available from FHF - Vitabella is a delicious oval yellow skinned, yellow fleshed, early/second early firm potato with high blight resistance. Great storage characteristics and flavour. Superb for boiling, roasting and chips.  Exclusive to Fruit Hill
  • All about Tomatoes

    Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) are the taste of summer - here's how to sow, grow and enjoy! How to sow Sow tomatoes indoors eight to ten weeks before your last frost date. The temperature of the compost should be approx 20- 22C for the seeds to germinate.  A propagator or heat mat is very useful here.At lower temperatures germination will take a little longer. Try to keep temperatures from fluctuating too much during he early stages of growth. Tomatoes can be sown in seed trays, modular trays or mini blocks and pricked out to larger 10cm pots after the third leaf

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