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  • Sprouting and Microgreen Seed List

    Fruit Hill Farm Sprouting and Microgreen Seed List.  All organic seeds! Please note that some seeds are best only grown as microgreens and are marked (*suitable for microgreens only) accordingly. Alfalfa  -  Alfalfa is one of the most popular seeds for sprouting. Alfalfa sprouts are crisp, their taste fresh and light - almost like crisp lettuce.  Very delicate sprout. Beetroot  *-  Beetroot seeds grow as a micro-green and add colour and interest to your salads. They have a lovely earthy taste and are quick and easy to grow. Broccoli Calabrese  -  Broccoli
  • Caring for your Knees when gardening

    The knee is the largest joint in the human body. It is a hinge-like joint that is subject to constant pounding, bending, and twisting from everyday activities, as well as the impact of falls and the effects of arthritis. Since the knee supports nearly the entire weight of the body and has high joint mobility, it is one of the most susceptible to injuries. Knee Joint Housemaids/Gardeners Knee is the most common form of knee bursitis and is caused by the inflammation (swelling) of the Prepatellar Bursa which sits in front of the knee cap. Prolonged or repetitive
  • Regenerative Gardening: Looking after the invisible!

    I was fortunate to meet Alex Podolinski in the late 90's at a meeting in Camphill Duffcarrig in Wexford. He is a Biodynamic pioneer and basically the founder of Australian Biodynamic farming as it exists now. He was also one of the first people to recognize that plants have two types of root systems, one for the uptake of water, which supports the transpiration process; and much finer white "hair roots" which are the feeder roots. In artificially fertilized systems the latter are often impaired or even destroyed as most of the nutrients in such a system are supplied in
  • Visit to Livos (What I did for my Holidays)

    We have been stocking the Livos range of non toxic paints and wood treatments for some years now. As far as we know, Livos are the world’s first manufacturer of natural paints. The company was born in 1974 when a group of hippyish scientists and technicians began researching the use of plant compounds (phytochemicals) to create high quality paints and wood treatments which are as safe and clean as possible. Last week I visited the factory in Germany to learn more about some of the products, how they are produced and their ingredients. The word 'factory'
  • Late early potatoes...it is not too late to plant early potatoes!

    Many of you have delayed planting potatoes due to the cold weather, but fear not, it's not too late to plant early potatoes - you'll just have a later crop of early potatoes! There seems to be a misconception out there that early potatoes have to be planted early and late potatoes later. The "early" and "late" actually refers to the time when they are going to be ready for harvest.  An early variety matures much faster (and will be earlier)  than a late variety (which takes longer to grow and will be later). Early varieties are Vitabella, Casablanca, Colleen,
  • The Dangers Neonicotinoid Insecticides hold for our bees and other wildlife

    Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine (The name literally means “new nicotine-like insecticides) Neonicotinoids – first introduced in the mid-1990s – are the fastest growing and most heavily used class of insecticide, and account for roughly 25% of the global agrochemical market. They have become increasingly popular as insects (especially aphids) have developed resistance to other insecticides. How do neonicotinoids work? Neonicotinoids are designed to target the insects nervous system  causing havoc with the
  • The Hungry Gap - What it is and How to fill it

    The Hungry Gap is the in-between-seasons period after winter vegetables but before the availability of early spring crops - normally April to June. Of course we can now go to the shop and buy whatever our hearts desire but in the past this would have been a time of want and hardship. The hungry gap reminds us of the seasonality of fruit and veg. While no-body should go hungry, I think we should all stand back and question the logic of strawberries at Christmas or peas in April. How to fill the Hungry Gap Careful planning and storing, in theory, means that you will
  • Boxty

    Bacstaí  or boxty is a quick and easy Irish potato pancake.  Also called grated cakes or farls. To make these you willl need - 50g plain flour 4 large potatoes, peeled and grated onto a tea towel and the liquid squeezed out 1 egg, beaten Salt and pepper Oil for frying How to: Put grated squeezed potatoes, flour,  egg, salt and pepper into a bowl. Mix well, until all ingredients are blended together. Use as soon as mixture is mixed, do not allow to stand as the mixture can discolour. Heat a little oil on a frying pan, when hot drop spoonfuls of mixture onto
  • Planting & Growing 'Flavor' Softneck Garlic in Spring

    Flavor Softneck garlic is a an organic Garlic for Spring planting. Flavor Garlic has lovely ivory/pink cloves of fine flavour.  Can be used green in salads or left to mature for cooking.  Wonderful roasted whole in olive oil with new potatoes and rosemary. Choosing a Site and soil for your garlic Choose an open, sunny site and well-drained soil. High humidity around the foliage and wet soils make the crop more prone to disease. Prior to planting, improve the soil’s structure, moisture retention and nutrient levels by incorporating organic matter. Apply about two
  • 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

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