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  • How does your Garden Grow - Featured June Winner

    We all absolutely loved Aileen from Antrim's entry for this months How Does your Garden Grow feature - not only is it lovely to see the change and growth in her garden over time, but we all loved her inventive way of trying to keep the rabbits away!! Congratulations Aileen - we hope you enjoy spending your €50 voucher for Fruit Hill Farm and we hope your garden continues to grow and flourish! If you'd like to  win a €50 voucher for Fruit Hill Farm and have your garden featured in the How Does Your Garden Grow section of our website CLICK HERE for full details on
  • Scythes & Scything

    Like many other traditional tools, a scythe can look like a crude instrument when first viewed. However, in the right hands, it can be a very efficient tool giving much return for the energy expended. Indeed, it’s surprising how much area can be cleared or mown in a short time. Rambling through Youtube scything videos you’ll come across a few ‘man versus machine’ style challenges. On the whole, the scythe favours well - albeit with a user in need of a sit down by the end. It competes especially well with strimmers, clearing open ground quicker but struggling
  • Liquid Fertilzers

    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. Foliar feeding is a technique of feeding plants by applying liquid fertilizer directly to their leaves. The absorption takes place through their stomata and also through their epidermis. Liquid fertilizers are faster-acting than granular fertilizers. With a liquid fertilizer the gardener has control over dosage and how often
  • Barefoot Gardening

    According to some sources gardening in bare feet can be beneficial to both the mind and the body. We know that having a connection with the land can feel therapeutic, but it can also be beneficial to your general physical health.  The foot has over 200,000 nerve endings. They are designed to touch the ground. You may want to consider gardening while you are barefoot. You will help stretch and strengthen the tendons in your legs and feet. You will also strengthen the small muscles in your foot. Additionally, you can improve your natural gait by going barefooted.
  • Gooseberry Sawfly

    Sawfly larvae Gooseberry sawflies lay eggs on your gooseberry plants. When the caterpillars hatch out they can devastate the plant leaves so that you end up with a bush that looks like this - Gooseberry sawfly damage They also attack red and white currant bushes. The fly arrives anytime from April onward. The female sawflies lay eggs on the underside of leaves, low down in the center of the bush, so the young larvae go unnoticed until they have eaten their way upwards and outwards, devouring the leaves as they go -  often defoliating a bush completely. They can
  • How Does Your Garden Grow - Featured May Garden

    Muriel from Greystones in Co.Wicklow is this months featured garden. It's great to see such a variety of plants and produce growing in a small garden and it's obvious that Muriel and her family get great use and enjoyment from their garden. We hope you enjoy spending your €50 voucher for Fruit Hill Farm and that your potatoes produce a good yield! My name is Muriel, I live in Greystones.  I have a fairly small garden with one single raised bed, it is south facing but overshadowed by a high wall. Despite the lack of ideal conditions, I still manage to grow a fair
  • May Seasonal Table - Radishes

    Ravishing radishes; quick and easy to grow they are often the first spring crop.  With their delicious crunchy texture and peppery taste they are real delight after the dull months of winter. How to grow tasty radishes Sow indoors from late winter or sow directly from late spring through to early autumn. Radishes can be planted from as early as the soil can be worked. Make successive plantings of short rows every 10 to 14 days. Plant in spaces between slow-maturing vegetables (such as broccoli and brussel sprouts) or in areas that will be used later for warm-season
  • Managing Weeds Organically

    Weeds are particularly difficult for organic farmers to deal with as chemical herbicides are, of course, strictly prohibited. Broadly speaking, there are four approaches for weed control in an organic situation: Mechanical and manual weeding Flame weeding Mulching Green manures Mechanical & Manual Weeding Dock and Ragwort Digger. Excellent for getting out the long tap-root. This covers any method which physically interrupts any unwanted plant growth. Perhaps the most obvious (and most off-putting) method is the hand pulling of weeds. Physically uprooting
  • Easy Growing Indoors

    You don't need a garden to grow some food for yourself - here are some tips to get you started on being a little more self sufficient even if you have no garden space at all. What you will need You will need some pots / containers, some windows and some time and patience!  Generally vegetables and food grown in pots and containers can be a little bit more demanding than plants grown in outdoor soil conditions - this is because their roots are more restricted than they would be outdoors and they will thus need a bit more food and watering. On the other hand you won't
  • April Seasonal Table: Purple Sprouting Broccoli

    Purple Sprouting Broccoli -  a great vegetable to grow in your garden.  Has a long harvest seson from February to April - the lean time when there is little fresh produce. How to Grow and Harvest Purple Sprouting Broccoli (PSB) Sow seeds in small pots or a nursery tray.  Can aslo be sown outside in a seed bed. Once the seedlings are large enough, you can transplant them to individual pots and water well. Prepare the soil for planting by using a fork to loosen and turn the soil. Remove any large stones and weeds. PSB (like most of the brassica family) like firm

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