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  • Chitting Potatoes

    What does chitting mean? Chitting is basically another word for sprouting. By exposing the seed potato to light and a small bit of warmth you are encouraging growth.  The eyes of the potato will start sprouting - the sprouts should be small, knobbly, and green/purple in colour. If you end up with long, white coloured sprouts, it means there’s not enough light. Why do you chit potatoes? 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
  • 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
  • Cleaning your greenhouse or polytunnel: equipment and methods

    Cleaning the polytunnel and your pots Not the most popular of tasks but one that must be faced to avoid pests and diseases later.  All plant pots, seed trays, propagation trays and tools should be well and truly cleaned.  Don’t brush over this advice because you think they are going to “get dirty” anyway.  Pots that are dirty can contain pests, bacteria, and fungus that can harm your plants before they even get started.  Same is true for your glasshouse or polytunnel.  As well as letting in extra light you will get rid of all the overwintering red spider
  • Klasmann Organic Compost

    To be sure of good strong healthy plants, consistent high quality substrates are paramount. Manufacturing of such products for the many different sectors of horticulture requires not only a vast amount of experience, but also continuous research, on site laboratories and an efficient production plant. There are only few companies in Europe which fulfil these criteria, and Klasmann-Deilmann is one of them. Klasmann Deilmann, based in Germany, has been manufacturing substrates for more than 100 years. They were also one of the first companies to make certified
  • Healthy Kitchen - Sprouts and Microgreens

    Oh, the weather outside is frightful - but the kitchen is so delightful - if you want fresh leaves  and sprouts for salads and sandwiches all year round.  Sprouts and Microgreens are easy to grow and will provide you with fresh nourishment even in the depths of winter. 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 soil and light to grow.  Like sprouts, they are a concentrated nutrient source and packed with
  • Attracting Wildlife in the Garden

    Provide as many habitats as possible and make the most of the ones you have Lawns Lawns provide a home for many insects that are eaten by birds and other wildlife. You can improve your lawn for wildlife by simply avoiding the use of weed killers and artificial fertilizers. Providing areas of grass of different heights, which are cut at different times of the year, optimises food potential. Grow clover in your lawn. Clovers are of great value to bees, which will pollinate your plants, as a source of nectar. Hedges Consider a hedge rather than a fence. For every foot of
  • Sowing seeds indoors

    Growing from seed is a simple and economical way of raising a whole host of plants for your garden. Sowing in a heated environment allows you to raise plants from seed in early spring - much earlier than if sowing directly outside. What you will need Klasmann Organic Compost - the very best compost you can buy. Quality seed compost.  Seed compost has a fine particle size and is not as rich as potting  compost.  It is ideal for sowing seeds.  We sell Klasmann Organic composts, for more information please see our blog post. Quick Pot trays come in a variety of
  • Open pollinated seeds

    January is always a good time to be thinking about seeds - what you're going plant, what to buy, what you want to grow and how much you need. All our seeds are open pollinated and organic/bio-dynamic. View our full selection HERE The vast majority of our seeds come from Lincolnshire in England and are produced by a community owned seed company - the Seed Co-operative - not a large multinational but a group of committed individuals who care about open -pollinated seeds. From their own web-site they state -  "We grow seeds for everyone, and for the health and well
  • 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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