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  • What is Basalt or Rock Dust?

      Basalt is an igneous rock created through the cooling and solidification of magma and lava. When ground down into a fine powder, it makes a very good soil improver. Igneous rocks like basalt and granite have the highest mineral content, with basalt providing a greater balance of nutrients for optimal plant health and vitality. Basalt, or rock dust, continues to deliver a steady flow of nutrients over time, even as it decomposes. Basalt’s slow-release benefits make it an effective way to minimize deficiencies, particularly with fast-growing crops that
  • Winter Pruning

    Winter is an ideal time to prune, as the lack of leaves on deciduous trees and shrubs enables you to see what you’re doing.  As the trees are dormant cuts are less likely to bleed and will quickly callous over before growth begins again in Spring. Reasons for Pruning Removing dead, diseased or damaged material will help keep the plant healthy Opening up trees by removing branches stops branches crowding together. This allows more air to circulate, which is important for reducing disease, and also allows a good level of light to reach the growing parts of the
  • Plant now - enjoy in Spring

    It's October - still lots to harvest in the garden - and lots to plant NOW for enjoying next year. Optimism keeps the winter blues away! Overwintering Organic Garlic Garlic comes from the mountainous regions of Central Asia and has adapted to extreme changes in temperature including very cold nights. As a result, garlic performs best when subjected to a cold period of one or two months. Ground temperatures of between 0 — 10º celsius encourages optimum clove formation making it very suited to our Irish climate and autumn planting often produces better crops than
  • Harvesting and Storing Maincrop Potatoes

    Potatoes are one of those staples that can keep us fed all year round. Maincrop potatoes are used for stashing away and eating through Winter and Spring when little else is available in the garden. These potatoes generally produce thicker skins and have longer dormancy periods which inhibits them from sprouting too soon. However, to keep your maincrop potatoes in good shape for a long storage it is also important to store them well. In-Situ Tubers, being underground plant organs, are most at home in the soil where conditions are dark, moist and cool (but not too cold).
  • Boost your plants with a liquid feed

    We could all do with a drink sometimes and plants are no exception. Foliar/liquid feeds make the perfect liquid lunch! What are Liquid fertilizers? Liquid fertilizers are fertilizers that come in a liquid form, most commonly as a concentrate. In other words, the grower must dilute the liquid fertilizer in water before feeding it to the garden. Either the soil or the plant can be watered. Liquid fertilizers are faster-acting than granular fertilizers. With a liquid fertilizer the gardener has control over dosage and how often the plants are being fed. It is much
  • Weeds and Weeding

    A weed is a plant in the wrong place or a plant that we have not yet found a use or liking for – but they are still plants and part of the overall biodiversity that exist in nature.  Not necessarily the bad guys but not your best friends either! Benefits of weeds Weeds encourage Biodiversity. They attract pollinators and are part of a healthy eco-system. There is no such thing as a weedy lawn – look at it as a wildflower meadow or insect heaven.  A ‘perfect’ green lawn is akin to a desert from nature’s point of view. Weeds attract pollinators. Many
  • Cover and protect with netting

    Birds, rabbits and insects are unfortunately very efficient pests and will polish off a crop of strawberries or cabbages before you can blink.  Netting is the answer - but the trick is to get the right netting for the job. It is important to consider the size of the net mesh and the strength. You can either hold netting down with bags of gravel or stones  or make things easy for yourself and use our steel pins. They are 20cm long, made from steel and come in packs of 10 or boxes of 100. Can also be used to hold down drip-pipe irrigation. Strong and sturdy - will
  • Irrigation

    If you have a polytunnel you will know how long it takes to water your produce.  Why not install an irrigation system and free up all that time that you spend watering? Drip Irrigation Perhaps the easiest and most cost-effective way to water your crops is with a drip irrigation system where pipes are laid along the ground and water seeps out of spaced holes directly where your plants need the moisture.  For as little as approx. €85 you could irrigate an 8 mt tunnel.  You can also add to or change the layout of your system whenever you wish. Benefits of drip
  • Put the buzz back! Seeds for bees and other pollinators.

    Put the buzz back with bee friendly seeds from FHF • GREEN MANURE SEEDS to improve the condition of your soil and attract bees, pollinators and put life into you soil. Crimson clover and bee.   • BEE MEADOW SEEDS to attract bees and add colour to your garden Annual      This Bee Meadow will provide a continuous display of nectar and pollen-rich legumes, brassicas and wildflowers.  A selection of organically sourced seed (97%) which will provide a continuous display of nectar from pollen-rich legumes and wildflowers guaranteeing a rewarding honey
  • Practical ways to help the Bees

      In Ireland, there are 98 different species of bee. There is the honeybee (a managed pollinator) 20 bumblebee species and 77 solitary bee species. In 2006 scientists published a Red List of Ireland’s Bees. It showed that one third of our 97 wild bees are threatened with extinction and ufortunately a third of all bee species in Ireland could be extinct by 2030. This problem can’t be solved simply by increasing the number of honeybee hives. Bumblebees make their nests on the surface of the ground or just underneath, often in long grass, bracken, or at the

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