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  • June Seasonal Table: Strawberries

    The first fruit to ripen in summer - and the most popular - strawberries are everyone’s favourite. Strawberries are a  member of the rose family and aren't really a fruit or a berry but the enlarged receptacle of the flower. First cultivated in ancient Rome, strawberries are now the most popular berry fruit in the world. Planting Strawberries Strawberries are best planted in the spring or autumn. They prefer a sunny and sheltered position in fertile, free-draining soil. Improve your soil with lots of organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure prior to
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • March Seasonal Table: Nettles

    What's not to like about nettles! Urtica dioica  - the humble stinging nettle is a wonder plant and every garden should have a patch. Nettles in the garden Stinging nettles support more than 40 kinds of insects, for whom the sting can form a protective shield against grazing animals. Many nettle patches hold overwintering insects which swarm around fresh spring nettles and provide early food for ladybirds. These same aphids are eaten by blue tits and other woodland birds that dart around the stems.  Nettles are the number one destination for ladybirds with eggs to
  • February Seasonal Table: Leeks

    LEEKS: OVERVIEW Leeks are one of the most underestimated of all winter vegetables. Once dubbed “Poor-man’s Asparagus” the leek is one of the world’s oldest known vegetables, with its own set of nutritional benefits and flavours, leeks have been part of the human diet for thousands of years. Leeks are part of the allium family and are closely related to onions, garlic, shallots, and scallions with a milder taste and larger in size. Health benefits Leeks are a phenomenal source of vitamins and of antioxidants: They contain powerful antioxidants for staving off
  • 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,
  • 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
  • Wheatgrass

    Happy New Year!  I am sure a lot of you will have made New Year Resolutions about your health and fitness - and one way to really give your health a boost is to start drinking Wheatgrass.  Nutritional Analysis of Wheatgrass It’s an excellent source of chlorophyll, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Also contains 98 of 102 earth elements found in soil, including phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium as well as essential enzymes and 12 amino acids - including the 8 essential amino acids that the body cannot produce and can only obtain through

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