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  • How to Dry Herbs

    You can dry herbs to make your own herbal teas and to use in cooking throughout the year. It's a relatively simple process and a great way to use up any excess or underused herbs you have growing in the garden.. Harvesting Herbs for drying You can harvest herbs throughout the season, but the best taste is obtained from fresh growth. Herbs grown for their leaves should be harvested before they flower. After they flower, most herbs tend to lose their flavour or become bitter. You also want to pick the leaves when they are tender and contain the highest amount of oil,
  • How to Grow Christmas Potatoes

    It does seem a little early to be talking about Christmas, but if you want to have new potatoes for Christmas dinner this is what you do: What to plant You need cold treated seed – the cold breaks the dormancy cycle and spurs the potato into growth again. By using your own homegrown seed potatoes, or those from an organic grower, you can ensure they will not be treated with any chemical to prevent budding.   Early varieties are best as they have the shortest growing cycle. You can carry out your own cold treatment on the seed potatoes by putting them in a paper bag
  • Is it cheaper to grow your own organic vegetables?

    We can all agree that growing your own vegetables has many advantages.  Nothing compares to home-grown for taste; growing your own means that your vegetables are very fresh, full of nutrients and taste delicious.  Then there’s the satisfaction – that sense of achievement that comes with picking your first tomato, or better still, when serve your first salad to a group of admiring friends!  Growing your own opens a whole new world to you and your family.  Children learn where vegetables come from and are generally more enthusiastic about trying them.  It creates
  • 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
  • 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,
  • 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
  • Fruit Hill Farms Orange Tree

    Supporting Farming and Farmers through Crowdfarming There has been an outbreak of irony at Fruit Hill Farm – we have become proud owners of a fruit tree! To be precise an Orange tree.  Our tree is growing on a family farm in Bétera, just north of Valencia in Spain – and most deliciously – we have just received our first crop! How does all this work?  Well it’s all down to a concept called crowdfarming. Crowdfarming is similar to crowdfunding. It centres around the concept of remote farmers who purchase plots of farmland or trees then are shipped the crop
  • January Seasonable table - Parsnips

    Parsnips are a very reliable winter root vegetable.  They have a distinct nutty flavour and sweetness and are very versatile in the kitchen.  In Roman times they were believed to be an aphrodisiac and they were often used as a source of sugar before cane and beet sugars were available.  Parsnips are a member of the cow parsley family along with carrot, dill, fennel and parsley.  Treat as carrots in your rotation. How to Grow Parsnips Sow parsnips from February to May.  On light soils Tender and True are a very good variety whilst White Gem would be better for
  • December Seasonal Table - Brussel Sprouts

    There are two types of people in the world – those that like sprouts and those that see sprouts as the vegetable that spoils Christmas.  This is probably all down to cooking so perhaps I should have started by saying there are two types of cooks in the world – those that respect the sprout and those that boil it so long it transforms into a little fart bomb! Why do sprout plants look so odd? After the construction of the second wall of Brussels in the fourteenth century, market gardening developed outside the wall. Vegetable growing took off so much so that space
  • Sprouting and Microgreens

    If you want fresh leaves  and sprouts for salads and sandwiches all year round then look no further than your own kitchen.  Sprouts and microgreens are easy to grow and will provide you with fresh nourishment even in the depths of winter. Sprouts Sprouts are quite simply the tender shoots of germinating seeds. (Not to be confused with Brussel sprouts, that popular Christmas favourite beloved by small children).  They are packed with protein, vitamins, enzymes and minerals. They are very easy to grow and can provide a valuable addition to any diet. Lovely in salads,

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