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Seeds

  • What yield can I expect?

    It's seed sowing time - again - hooray! So time to get the pen and paper out and do some forward planning. Because time and growing space are usually limited it is important to plan not only a proper rotation but also to decide which vegetables are most popular in your family and how many plants will be needed.  Include a bit of surplus in that plan then you can conserve produce for the winter by making Kimchi or Sauerkraut, preserve vegetables and fruit in jars or burying root crops in sand or soil clamps. At Fruit Hill Farm all our vegetable seeds are open pollinated
  • Perlite and Vermiculite - what are they?

    We know - it keeps you awake at night - but what is the difference between Perlite and Vermiculite? Perlite Perlite is a naturally occurring, non-toxic volcanic rock.  It is heated to very high temperatures to produce a lightweight micro-porous material. Perlite is used in horticulture as a soil amendment. Because of its high permeability / low water retention it helps to prevent soil compaction. Available in 10ltr and 100ltr bags. A handful of Perlite Perlite is used wholly or partly in place or sand or grit in potting compost where it improves aeration,
  • Klasmann organic compost for reliable results

    Unfortunately, not all composts are created equally and unfortunately you only discover this when you have poor germination.  Valuable time has been lost and there will be no early tomatoes or cabbages.  As with all things in life you get what you pay for - cheap compost=poor results. The only way to get consistent and reliable results is to use a consistent and reliable compost.  In our experience the only compost that delivers consistency, traceability, reliability time after time is Klasmann-Deilmann.  What’s so great about Klasmann? Good strong plugs with
  • Open Pollinated Seeds

      We have over 200 vegetable, herb and flower seeds – enough to keep you busy for years! If you are canny you can save all your future seeds from our seeds because not only are they organic but they are open pollinated! What are Open Pollinated seeds? • Open pollinated varieties are those that come true from seed, as opposed to hybrid varieties which are produced by crossing two inbred lines of plants for seed. • Are naturally pollinated (no enforced pollination or in-breeding). • Contribute to food plant bio-diversity (of which we have lost 80% in Europe
  • Successful Seed Germination

    What do you need for the successful germination of seeds? Heat Seeds will germinate across a wide range of temperatures but as the temperature falls below - or rises above - the optimum range, the length of time it takes for them to germinate increases and the percentage germination rate falls. Long germination times also make the seeds more vulnerable to disease. You can warm up the soil outside by a few degrees if you cover it with ground cover. A soil thermometer will give you an accurate soil temperature figure. A warm day does not mean warm soil. Beware sunny day
  • Seed Saving Basics

    Often considered a practice of the more geekier strain of gardener, saving seeds (of certain plants) is, however, easy and accessible to anyone. Why bother though? There are many far reaching reasons why small scale seed saving is important. In particular, the large scale loss of genetic diversity brought about by narrow breeding for commercial varieties and massive consolidation within the seed industry are a serious threat to food security and sustainable agriculture. These concerns are highlighted well by the organisations linked below. However, there are
  • Seeds for Autumn Sowing Outdoors

    There's no good way to say this...but, Summer is waning. With the changing season (and temperatures!) we can turn our minds to what seeds we can sow that can cope with the lower levels of light and lower temperatures that the coming seasons will bring. Ideally seeds sown now should be grown in a polytunnnel or with a protective cloche outside, but the following seeds cope well with lower temperatures & light levels and can still be sown directly outdoors. If we have a mild enough September / October, these will grow within 8-10 weeks. SALADS Cornsalad - Has a
  • Rye Bother?

    The terms ‘Rye’ and ‘Ryegrass’ can be confusing. They both refer to plants which belong to the grasses (Poaceae family) and their uses overlap. However, they are not the same species. Rye (Secale cereale) is a cereal grain closely related to wheat and barley. It is grown for grain that produces deep flavourful breads but also as a forage and cover crop. On the other hand, ryegrasses (Lolium spp.) are used primarily as high quality forage and fodder grasses as well as catch crops - perennial ryegrass is what you mostly see when gazing wistfully out over the
  • 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
  • 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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