Producer Profile

Producer of the Week: Tenuta Borgia

The next time you open a can of Tenuta Borgia extra virgin olive oil and drizzle it over some fresh, crusty bread, we hope you’re transported to Pantelleria.  If that doesn’t ring any bells, you’re not alone. Locals enjoy keeping this Sicilian jewel a secret. But once Giorgio Armani discovered its savage beauty and purchased land there a few decades ago… Well, let’s just say it’s no longer under the radar.  It’s no surprise as to why, really.  The rugged beauty of Pantelleria  Geographically located closer to North Africa than…

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Producer Profile

Producer of the Week: Olive Tree Bakes

It was the golfing ladies who started it.  Well, the golfing ladies, as well as wheaten bread, scones and shortbread. For almost twenty years Scott McDonald has been the caterer at Bangor Golf Club. Ladies would come up to him and ask if he might be able to bake them a few loaves of wheaten, a tray of shortbread, or some scones for them to take to such-and-such an event. Scott would oblige, and the orders grew. He soon realised he might just have another business on his hands…  Licking…

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Advice + Info - Plant Nursery

Everything You Need to Know: Camellias

Camellias (Camellia japonica) belong to the Theaceae flowering plant family. There are hundreds of species, and thousands of hybrids, of this evergreen shrub. Their leaves are a deep, glossy green and their flowers, available in an abundance of beautiful colours from white through to deep red, bloom through winter and spring.  When do camellias flower?  The Camellia japonica and Camellia x willamsii blooms in early spring When to plant camellias  Do this in autumn or spring.  When to feed them  In early spring, and with an ericaceous fertiliser Avoid over-feeding…

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Advice + Info - Plant Nursery

Everything You Need to Know: Rhododendrons

Discovered by a Flemish botanist, rhododendrons were first introduced to the United Kingdom in the mid 17th century. They are celebrated for their bright and greatly varied colours, with some species often growing clusters of flowers. Where and when to plant rhododendrons Plant them in autumn or spring  Before you get underway, ensure you have dug in ample neutral or acidic organic matter  Plant so that the roots are just submerged in the soil -don’t go any deeper  Top with a good layer of mulch (around 8cm), and look to…

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Advice + Info - Fruit

Everything You Need to Know: Clementines

Some sensational fruits are in fact hybrids, and the clementine is no exception.  A mix between a sweet orange and willow leaf madarine, this citrus fruit is sweet, super tasty and easy to peel, making it a real favourite amongst the whole family.  This is a more robust citrus to most others in its species, with the fruit able to withstand higher temperatures. What can you cook using clementines?  It might be easier to ask what can’t you cook with them! Consider this almost a blank canvas. They are great…

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Advice + Info - Vegetables

Everything You Need to Know: The Potato

If there is one vegetable that is so indelibly linked to Irish history, it has to be the potato. Potato blight contributed to the tragic Great Famine of the mid 19th century, resulting in mass starvation and disease across the whole island and into Europe. Prior to that, however, and the spud (which the Spanish introduced from The Americas) was an Irish staple. Indeed, it played an important role in sustaining much of the population, most especially during harsh winters.  In contemporary Ireland, the spud has resumed its rightful status…

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News

Our Covid-19 Response from Boxing Day!

COVID-19 Restrictions – Let Kylestone Nursery Deliver to You for Free*! In response to new lockdown measures across Northern Ireland, the team here at Kylestone Nursery will be offering a free home delivery service to North Down and Ards Peninsula. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! You’ll find all the information you need to know about this and Christmas hours below, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Christmas Trading Our Farm Shop, Greenhouse and Nursery will remain open until the end of the day on Thursday…

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FARM SHOP COMING SOON

We are working hard to create our Farm Shop to compliment our Nursery and to mirror the quality for which we have become well known. Showcasing Northern Ireland’s best farm fresh veg, handmade cheeses, yoghurts, jams, preserves and lots more! We also have a continental twist with cheeses , chutneys, pastas, balsamic, oils and preserves from the Emillia-Romagna region in Italy, Small batch honeys from the Veneto, and probably the best Olive Oil in the world, from a small Olive plantation in Sicily, cold pressed and produced in limited numbers.The…

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Introducing Erin Grove Preserves

We are so happy to be the local stockist of this traditional local business from Enniskillen. Lovingly produced Jams, Marmalades and Chutneys made to taste the way they should using traditional methods and using local fruit and vegetables where possible. There’s a modern twist in there sometimes too so look out for some of the special chutneys and Fruits for Cheese. All available for Home Delivery, Click and Collect or just pick one up from the nursery when you’re next in. We are always happy to support local, hope you…

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