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  • Sowing seeds indoors

    Growing from seed is a simple and economical way of raising a whole host of plants for your garden. Sowing in a heated environment allows you to raise plants from seed in early spring - much earlier than if sowing directly outside. What you will need Klasmann Organic Compost - the very best compost you can buy. Quality seed compost.  Seed compost has a fine particle size and is not as rich as potting  compost.  It is ideal for sowing seeds.  We sell Klasmann Organic composts, for more information please see our blog post. Quick Pot trays come in a variety of
  • Open pollinated seeds

    January is always a good time to be thinking about seeds - what you're going plant, what to buy, what you want to grow and how much you need. All our seeds are open pollinated and organic/bio-dynamic. View our full selection HERE The vast majority of our seeds come from Lincolnshire in England and are produced by a community owned seed company - the Seed Co-operative - not a large multinational but a group of committed individuals who care about open -pollinated seeds. From their own web-site they state -  "We grow seeds for everyone, and for the health and well
  • How does your garden grow

    We want to know more about your gardens and what you grow in them. We are offering all our customers and readers the chance to win a €50 voucher by becoming one of our featured 'How Does Your Garden Grow' gardeners. Simply email us some photos of your garden along with some information about who you are and where your garden is and, if we feature your garden on our website, we will send you a €50 voucher for Fruit Hill Farm to spend as you please. You can include any information and any stories you'd like to share about your garden such as: How did your garden
  • Taking a soil sample

      Beneficial results of a soil test depend on a good sample. The sample should represent the area it is taken from. A soil sample must be taken at the right time and in the right way. The tools used, area sampled, depth and uniformity of the sample, information provided, and packaging all influence the quality of the sample. Take a sample well in advance to give yourself time to understand and act on the results. Do not sample when the land is waterlogged or very dry. For sampling purposes divide the farm into fields or areas of between 2 – 4ha. You will need
  • Wheatgrass

    Happy New Year!  I am sure a lot of you will have made New Year Resolutions about your health and fitness - and one way to really give your health a boost is to start drinking Wheatgrass.  Nutritional Analysis of Wheatgrass It’s an excellent source of chlorophyll, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Also contains 98 of 102 earth elements found in soil, including phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium as well as essential enzymes and 12 amino acids - including the 8 essential amino acids that the body cannot produce and can only obtain through
  • World Soil Day 2016

      Soil is vital to humankind. Over 99 percent of human foods come from the earth. Soil is more than just the dirt under our feet. It is a home for living organisms and it provides nutrients and stability for plants to grow. Without soil, the plants necessary for people and animals to survive could not exist.  Erosion, sealing, loss of organic matter, compaction, salinisation, landslides and contamination have negative impacts on human health, food security, natural ecosystems, biodiversity and climate, as well as on our economy. -99% of our food comes directly
  • To get the best potato crop - add plenty of potash

    Potash deficiency in potato tubers Potatoes are heavy feeders. To get the best crop you should add plenty of fertility in the form of manure, compost or organic plant feeds. You might not be aware of how much they can benefit from a high potash feed. Potash is potassium (K) in a plant available form. Tubers with black in the middle are a sign of potash deficiency. Another sign is yellowing around the leaf margins. Sources of potash If you have a wood fire you can use wood ash to boost your potash levels. Take care to only use wood ash. Coal or peat ash is not a good
  • Growing potatoes in a greenhouse or polytunnel for a very early crop

    Potatoes can be planted at any time of year, provided you keep them free from frost. If you have a polytunnel or greenhouse then you can plant them in December or January and have very early potatoes on the table in March and April (early varieties take around 80 to 100 days before they are ready. If you have enough space, the seed potatoes can be planted in beds, just as you would outside. Another way to grow them is in large containers or grow bags. Filled with good quality potting compost and and a general purpose organic feed (such as Greenvale). The grow bags can
  • Seeds for grassland, forage and soil fertility

    Research is confirming that a diverse mix of grasses, legumes and other plants improves pasture and grassland for soil health, animal health and for wildlife. The Organic Research Centre in the UK has published a summary of results from a recent study that clearly shows the benefits of incorporating more than two species of legumes to help build soil fertility: Legumes: building soil fertility (pdf file) Legumes such as clover help build soil fertility They also found that including different grasses in the mix helped: "There are benefits from the inclusion of
  • Gift vouchers now available to buy online!

    We've just launched a new feature on the website. You can now buy gift vouchers! There are two types: Email Gift Vouchers: the recipient will get a nice email with a unique code to use on the website. You can enter a personalised message and choose the day they get the email. Print Gift Vouchers: you'll get a link to print out a gift voucher that you can give directly to the recipient (or for example put inside a birthday card). In all cases, we need to check that your payment for the voucher has gone through before sending you the voucher, so please be patient as

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