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April

  • April Seasonal Table - Asparagus

    Asparagus is such a treat and can mark the beginning of Spring for many. It is a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Folic Acid. Asparagus has a long history - legend has it that in ancient Egypt it was so revered that it was offered up to gods during rituals. How to Grow Asparagus Select and prepare your asparagus bed with care – you should expect a 20 year life span so it’s well worth putting the effort in at the beginning! Do not replant an old asparagus bed with new asparagus plants - use fresh ground to avoid build-up of diseases. Prior to planting,
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • How does your garden grow - featured April garden

    Deirdre from Doonbeg in West Clare is our featured garden for April Congratulations Deirdre and thanks for sharing the story of your garden with us - and such lovely pictures! It sounds like you have put a lot of work into your garden and are now reaping the benefits of all that hard work. we hope you enjoy spending your €50 voucher for Fruit Hill Farm! "I moved to Doonbeg, West Clare, 10 years ago. The L-shaped field was as wild as the wind coming off the Atlantic! First it had to be scraped to remove the scutch grass, dock, rocks and the forgotten and

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