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Growing

  • 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,
  • Look What's New

    In the past while we have been scouring the globe to bring you new products for environment friendly living and growing.  We can reveal that new to the extensive emporium of delights that is Fruit Hill Farm we have – Sprouting and Microgreens Supplies Looking good on the windowsill! Three tier terracotta sprouter. We have a whole new section dedicated to the growing of these tasty and  nutritious little wonders.  Can be grown on the kitchen windowsill for healthy, fresh food every day.  We have an extensive range of organic seeds for you to sprout as well!
  • All About Turnips and Swedes

    The History of the Turnip & Swede Turnips are a cruciferous vegetable (member of the mustard family). Turnips thrive in cool climates. The turnip that we know is thought to have descended from the Wild Turnip which is native to Central Asia, the Mediterranean and the Near East. The turnip was a well-established crop in Roman times. Fast forward to Viscount Charles Townshend of Raynham - Turnip Townsend - No, this man did not have a turnip shaped head! He was often known as Turnip Townshend because of his strong interest in farming turnips. He promoted the Norfolk
  • Growing, Storing and Eating Organic Pumpkins

    The Fruit Hill Farm Guide to Organic Pumpkins - Growing, Storing, Eating and everything else you need to know! What’s not to like about pumpkin.  Easy to grow, fantastic colour, store well, very versatile in the kitchen, very nutritious, edible seeds and can even be used as a Halloween decoration!  That’s a lot of plus points. How to grow Organic Pumpkins Sow organic seeds in mid April in medium sized pots in good quality organic compost. They like a bit of heat to germinate so either put them in the hot-press or in a heated propagator. As soon as they have
  • Overwintering Onions and Garlic

    Overwintering Onions Autumn varieties of onions, such as Radar or Troy,  grow slowly over winter to give you a crop of fresh onions the following May or June, just as your stored onions will have started to sprout. It is advisable to follow a crop rotation. Overwintering onions are often called ‘Japanese’ onions (because they were first developed in Japan), these can be sown outside from late September up to early November. The main benefit of growing overwintering onions is that you will have a crop of onions ready for eating about a month before your main crop
  • What to do with late summer surplus produce

    It's the time of year when many people can have a glut of produce in the garden. You may find you have a bumper crop of beans, courgettes, carrots, cabbage, onions or kohlrabi....well we have a few ideas of what you can do with your surplus produce. Fermentation is our favourite way of dealing with a glut of food and we have some tips and recipes for you here. We also offer some alternative options for preserving food over winter. Fermentation Fermentation is (quite literally) one of the oldest tricks in the book. Put simply, it is the utilisation of naturally
  • How Does Your Garden Grow - Featured July Winner

    Congratulations this month go to Eve from Lowertown in Schull, Co.Cork. We love how she deals with the slug problem in a very organic and beneficial way and that her garden is a place for relaxing in whilst also providing food for her large family. Well done Eve, hope you enjoy spending your €50 voucher here at Fruit Hill Farm and that it helps with your future plans for your garden! 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 how to
  • Seasonal Table July - Courgettes

    Easy to grow and producing a rewarding crop, courgettes are a popular vegetable to grow.  Sow indoors from April in medium sized pots at a minimum temperature 20c. Harden the plants off slowly and plant outside after last frost at a spacing of 30cm x 30cm.  Courgettes like a sunny spot and rich soil so incorporate some compost or well rotted manure into the soil before planting.  Alternatively, you can use a NPK fertilizer such as Greenvale. Keep the soil constantly moist by watering around the plants, not over them. They need plenty of water, so sink a 15cm pot
  • Thinking Ahead - Fermenting Cucumbers

    If you grow cucumbers then you'll know that it's coming to the time of the year where they can come in a glut...and there's only so many cucumbers that you can eat in one sitting, so it's a great idea to preserve them and have them on hand for future occasions. They are a great addition to sandwiches, salads and they even taste great just by themselves as a quick snack. Fermented v Pickling The fermentation of vegetables is among the oldest and healthiest methods of preserving food. There can be a bit of confusion when it comes to the difference between fermentation

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