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This Months Selection
Nasturtium – Alaska: A bush type nasturtium which is quite well behaved! Red and yellow flowers with variegated leaves. Height 30cm. Sowing: From late March to June. Sow one seed per module and plant out 4 weeks later. Alternatively, sow direct. Spacing: 30cm x 30cm Approx seed count: 25€1.80 Add to basket
Swede – Gowrie is a purple skinned variety with excellent disease resistance and excellent taste. The one to try if you haven’t had success with swedes in the past. Sowing: April to June Sow one seed per module about 1cm deep and about 4 – 5 weeks later plant out. Note: I found module grown … more information€1.80 Add to basket
Beetroot – Bulls Blood is a dual purpose variety known for its blood red leaves. The leaves can be used in salads or steamed like spinach and the roots cooked like any other beetroot Sowing: Sow directly outside in a well prepared seed bed in shallow drills (1.5cm deep) from mid April until June. Spacing: … more information€1.80 Add to basket
My favourite Dwarf French Bean variety. You really can’t miss the beans as they are produced above the leaves and are a lovely purple colour. But don’t worry – they turn green when cooked. Sowing: Sow directly into the ground (4cm deep) in May to June (or in April indoors) or Sow 3 seeds into … more information€1.80 Add to basket
Around 120 varieties of vegetable seeds chosen for gardeners in Ireland & the UK Tested & approved by a respected organic horticulturist
When I came to Ireland, organic veg growing at home was just starting to become popular. In fact very few people were growing their own vegetables. Now it has completely changed in recent years. Thousands of people are now growing their own food again and the perception that organic gardening is for Hippies and retired old folk is quite outdated.
As we all know Ireland has a unique climate and it took me a few years to adjust my growing techniques to this special climate and soil. The main changes I understood and made was to be patient, to delay the sowing and planting of my seeds and young plants.
There are a huge variety of seeds available for you to choose from and I have experimented and still do with many seeds to see if they can grow in all soils and conditions in our varied climate.
Now after years of trials I now offer to you fellow gardeners my tried and tested vegetable seeds online which have passed my crucial seeds tests which are:-
1. Ease of growing. 2. Disease Resistance. 3. Crop Productivity. 4. Performance In All Climate Conditions. 5. Taste.
I know you will be completely satisfied with my seed selections. Happy gardening!
Vegetable Gardening Books By Klaus Laitenberger
Klaus Laitenberger was once the Head Gardener at the Organic Centre at Rossinver, Co. Leitrim and now lectures at University college Cork on organic horticulture, food production and more. He is also an organic farming inspector and his 20 plus years experience of growing food organically has led him in recent years to write 3 books on growing vegetables and not surprisingly they soon all became best sellers. The books have attained rave reviews from other horticulturists and top gardening newspaper & magazine writers and other gardeners alike.
Here are just a few gardening reviewers you may recognize.
Caroline Foley – The Guardian Newspaper:
Dick Warner – Irish Examiner Newspaper:
Marie Staunton – The Irish Independent Newspaper:
Michael Kelly – The Irish Independent Newspaper:
Fionnuala Fallon – The Irish Times Newspaper:
Their reviews and others can be read on our “Book Reviews” page.
And of course not forgetting these great vegetable growing books by Klaus Laitenberger: – ‘Vegetables For The Irish Garden’ and ‘A Vegetable Growers Handbook’ are available to purchase from this website. ‘Vegetables For The Polytunnel & Greenhouse’ is available from all major book shops.