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  • Soil Blocks and Blockers

    Soil blocks might seem a bit of a garden shed mystery but they are just what the name suggests – blocks made from soil.  They are used for the propagation of seeds and cuttings and are very easy to make and use.  There is no need for pots or modular trays. All blocked up! Soil blocks are made with a Blocker. You can make a range of sizes from micro blocks for germinating seeds to larger blocks for growing on the plants. This system requires less space and heating compared to large propagation trays. Advantages of soil blocks and blockers Soil Blockers are
  • Healthy New Year

    Make a healthy start to the New Year and grow something fresh and nutritious without having to leave your kitchen (apart from going to the gym of course).  Sprouts and microgreens will give you a very literal 'kitchen garden' giving you attractive additions to a salad, extra crunch to a sandwich and lots of healthy, fresh food. Microgreens Plate of fresh microgreens Microgreens are tiny edible plants that are older than a sprout, but younger than a full-grown plant. Microgreens are harvested after the first “true” leaves have developed. They need compost and
  • Success with Seeds

    Back to basics with seeds!  Don't let past failures put you off - read our refresher course on seed sowing for growing success! Seeds Chose good quality seeds from a reputable supplier - preferably organic.  Store your seeds in a cool, dark, dry place for best results. Remember to read the instructions on the back of the packet regarding sowing dates. Keep an eye on the use by dates of your seeds - most will keep for several years but there are exceptions as the following list shows: Viability of common veg seeds - 1 year   -  onions, parsnips, parsley,
  • Mills and Flakers for fresh flour and flakes

    If you want the freshest flour possible with all the nutrition intact then there is no substitute for milling your own. In whole-grain foods, the plant's cellular walls protect nutrients from oxidation. The process of oxidation begins to occur as soon as grain is ground, exposing the cell's contents to oxygen in the air. Flour that is several days (or more) old, has been exposed to oxygen that inevitably diminishes its nutritional value. The only way to get full nutrition from whole grain foods is to mill them when you need them, right in your kitchen. All grains
  • Copper Gardening Tools

    Beautiful to look at and a pleasure to use our Copper Garden Tools are amazing!  Sharp and lightweight they will give years of service. Why Chose Copper Garden Tools They have a much longer lifespan than tools made from iron. Copper is not magnetic – so does not disrupt the electrical fields in the soil. The design of these garden tools makes them especially light and effortless to use. They have a good sharp edge. Sirus Field Hoe - weight 900g Stay free of rust – but age with a graceful bronze patina, perfect for the coastal gardener. Minute amounts of
  • Thoughtful gifting with a 20% discount

    Gift ideas with a 20% discount for you and a big smile from the recipient! Magnifier for insects etc Magnifier - 10x magnifier for examining insects. €17 discounted to €13.60 • Lens 20mm diameter. • Lightweight, pocket handy. Rain Gauge Rain Gauge - Handy instrument for measuring rainfall. €9.61 discounted to €7.68 • Large diameter for precise measuring. Easy to read • Place directly into the ground or mount on a post. Digital thermo/hygrometer Digital Thermo/Hygrometer - Checks temperature in/outside and inside humidity. €23.80 discounted to
  • Planting Early Potatoes

    Earlies or 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 in December or January and have very early potatoes on the table in March and April - depending on the weather. Chitting potatoes Chitting is basically another word for sprouting.  By getting the potato to sprout you have started off the growing process so that the plants will have a head start when you put them in the soil.  In theory you will then get your potatoes a bit earlier. Shoots on a chitted potato
  • What is a Biostimulant?

    A plant biostimulant is any substance or microorganism applied to plants with the aim to enhance nutrition efficiency, abiotic stress tolerance (abiotic factors are the non-living parts of an environment and include sunlight, temperature, weather and altitude) and/or crop quality traits.  Biostimulants promote plant growth without being a fertilizer.  Biostimulants are available in many formulations and with varying ingredients. The most popular ingredients are seaweed extracts, beneficial bacteria, and beneficial fungi and humic substances (humic and fulvic
  • Top Ten Hand Tools

    Unlike the bigger tools such as spades and forks hand tools are a more personal thing and are often appreciated in different ways.  First and foremost the tool has to be correct one for the job – but there are other considerations such as weight, reach, versatility, appearance and the all important tactile nature of the handle.  All of these needs are addressed when buying a quality product from a reputable manufacturer who has spent time designing the tool with the end user in mind.   Quality tools are what Fruit Hill Farm sells and they will give you many
  • Hemp mats for growing Microgreens And Wheatgrass

    Hemp mats are ideal for growing microgreens and wheatgrass. They are made of 100% natural hemp fibre, creating a biodegradable soilless growing medium with high water retention. Easy to use with no mess they can be composted after use. What are Hemp Mats made from? Hemp mat and seed tray Hemp mats consist of fully compostable, 100% natural (industrial) hemp fibre. The fibres are intertwined to form strong but light and airy mats. They are a very clean growing medium. Industrial hemp includes all varieties of cannabis cultivated for commercial use – apart from

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