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  • Favourite Garden Gifts that will last

    The season of presents, mince pies, excited children and hangovers is upon us and we all want to have a good time.  Great! ... but let's stop for a minute and be a bit more mindful. (Click here to Scroll down to the bottom for our gift guide from Fruit Hill Farm!) Wrapping paper Lovely, glittery and colourful ....  but not all wrapping paper is paper - so you can't recycle it.  Then there's the sellotape and glitter on the gift tag.  What's an elf to do?              Buy recycled paper. Use brown paper and tie it with twine.  Add a sprig of
  • Top Ten Tools for Gardeners & Growers

    We stock over 300 tools from the simplest hand planter to the professional blocker and out of that we have a top ten for you to mull over. Whilst some tools on the list are newly popular, there are some that are consistent favourites with our customers over the years. Our tools are definitely for life - not just for Christmas! #gallery-1 {margin: auto;} #gallery-1 .gallery-item {float: left;margin-top: 10px;text-align: center;width: 20%;} #gallery-1 img {border: 2px solid #cfcfcf;} #gallery-1 .gallery-caption {margin-left: 0;padding-left:0;}
  • What is Seaweed Fertilizer?

    Seaweed has been used for centuries to improve soil and feed stock. The west coast of Ireland has abundant quantities of seaweed - soils on the Aran Islands are made from a mixture of sand and seaweed! It is an amazing, natural product that is rich in trace elements, nutrients and alginate – and it has the added advantage of being a renewable and completely local natural resource. Harvesting Seaweed It is easier to harvest seaweed from above the low water line - it will be less wet. Limit your impact by picking lightly from several areas. Each patch of seaweed
  • Mill your own organic flour

    We might be hearing more about our often taken for granted staple grains in the near future. Poor harvests in Europe brought on by severe drought conditions this summer are likely to have an impact on the price of this normally cheap commodity. Another thing making headlines recently are concerns around the exuberant use of chemical sprays in cereal production. Particularly, the use of glyphosate as a pre-harvest treatment. This is the tip of the iceberg. I noted at a talk from a tillage expert which I attended recently that there are 380 herbicides registered
  • Seeds for Autumn Sowing Outdoors

    There's no good way to say this...but, Summer is waning. With the changing season (and temperatures!) we can turn our minds to what seeds we can sow that can cope with the lower levels of light and lower temperatures that the coming seasons will bring. Ideally seeds sown now should be grown in a polytunnnel or with a protective cloche outside, but the following seeds cope well with lower temperatures & light levels and can still be sown directly outdoors. If we have a mild enough September / October, these will grow within 8-10 weeks. SALADS Cornsalad - Has a
  • 10 Most Popular Flower & Vegetable Seeds for Growers

    Our Most Popular Flower & Vegetable Seeds Sold here at Fruit Hill Farm We were surprised at some of these, but the results are in and our most popular seeds sold in 2017 are as follows....drum roll please! Top 10 Flower seeds Calendula - not surprising that this is no.1 as it is easy to grow and suits most soils. It has a wonderful vibrant colour, attracts bees and hover-flies AND it's flowers are edible. A noble winner indeed! Wild Italian Sweet Pea comes in a close second. This is a lovely strong scented flower with lilac and purple flowers. Sweet Pea comes in
  • 2018 Organic Seed Potato Catalogue

    Potato season is here! View and download the PDF of our 2018 Catalogue of Organic Seed Potatoes  by clicking on the link below. Fruit Hill Farm organic seed potato brochure 2018 We now have an even larger selection of Blight resistant varieties along with some interesting gourmet varieties for those of you that want something a bit different. View the full selection available on our online store   var
  • What are certified seed potatoes?

    Cerified seed potatoes are seed that has been certified for purity and freedom from disease by the Dept of Agriculture.  Each seed crop is inspected to confirm the identity of the variety, to ensure that it meets the minimum level of varietal purity and that it meets certain plant health and pest infection standards. The Irish Department of Agriculture where the first official body in Europe to establish a Seed Potato Certification Scheme in 1918. This ensured variety purity and disease and virus freedom.  You should only buy seed potatoes that are
  • Cleaning and Sharpening Pruning Tools

    After investing in a high quality pruning tool or secateurs, it is worth taking a little time to keep them in good working order. Cleaning your pruners to avoid the build up of debris between the moving parts will definitely extend their life and usability. It is also important to sterilise your pruners if dealing with plants or trees where the carry-over of infection is a concern. Regular sharpening is also essential as dull blades tend to tear the plant tissue and make jagged cuts. Cleaning and Disinfecting Pruners  Clean - Before sterilising pruners, they should
  • 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

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