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Seasonal

  • March Seasonal Table: Nettles

    What's not to like about nettles! Urtica dioica  - the humble stinging nettle is a wonder plant and every garden should have a patch. Nettles in the garden Stinging nettles support more than 40 kinds of insects, for whom the sting can form a protective shield against grazing animals. Many nettle patches hold overwintering insects which swarm around fresh spring nettles and provide early food for ladybirds. These same aphids are eaten by blue tits and other woodland birds that dart around the stems.  Nettles are the number one destination for ladybirds with eggs to
  • How does your garden grow - featured March garden

    Olivia from Carrigaline is our featured garden for February Congratulations and a BIG thank you go to Olivia for sharing her story and pictures of her lovely garden with us. It's great to hear about the great variety of plants she is growing and the story of how she has created her garden and the problems she has  encountered and overcome. We hope she continues to add to it and keep it growing! We love looking at your gardens and hearing all about them so keep them coming in and you'll also be in with a chance of winning a €50 voucher to spend here at Fruit Hill
  • How does your garden grow - featured February garden

    Peter from Meath is our featured garden for February We love that Peter has transformed his garden from a waterlogged field to a haven for pollinating insects. Well done Peter and we hope you enjoy spending your €50 voucher for Fruit Hill Farm "It started 38 years ago as a waterlogged acre field, devoid of any vegetation apart from some hedgerow scrub, it's now a dynamic resource maintained for pollinating insects . Early intervention included land drainage and growing Alder shelterbelt to break up soil pan., these have being felled and provide some years of logs
  • February Seasonal Table: Leeks

    LEEKS: OVERVIEW Leeks are one of the most underestimated of all winter vegetables. Once dubbed “Poor-man’s Asparagus” the leek is one of the world’s oldest known vegetables, with its own set of nutritional benefits and flavours, leeks have been part of the human diet for thousands of years. Leeks are part of the allium family and are closely related to onions, garlic, shallots, and scallions with a milder taste and larger in size. Health benefits Leeks are a phenomenal source of vitamins and of antioxidants: They contain powerful antioxidants for staving off
  • January Seasonal Table: Kale

    Kale - Overview, Health benefits & Cooking with Kale Kale is an amazing vegetable packed full of goodness and with some amazing health benefits, Kale is the king, of all the super healthy greens. It is one of the healthiest and most nutritious plant foods in existence - loaded with all sorts of beneficial compounds, some of which have powerful medicinal properties.  It is also very easy to grow. WHAT IS KALE Kale is a popular garden vegetable, very low maintenance and a member of the cabbage family (Brassica Oleracea). It is related to vegetables like cabbage,
  • How does your garden grow - featured January garden

    John from Antrim is our featured garden for January We don't often get to see our customers gardens so it is a treat to get to see what you are growing and where you are growing it! John sent us these great photos along with his story of how  he started out gardening and details of what he grows in his Dad's garden. We were delighted to receive John's photographs and his description and we hope the €50 voucher will help keep his garden growing! "I qualified in horticulture in 2010 from Greenmount college in Antrim. I then did 4 months work experience in Blarney
  • 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

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