Aubergine – Black Beauty

An old heirloom variety but still very popular.  Produces long, smooth purplish-black fruits with a good flavour. Sowing: February to late March Sow 5 seeds into a small pot (7cm) and keep in a warm place.  Pot on into individual 7cm pots when ready.  Plant into greenhouse…
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Aubergine – Leonidio

Aubergine – Leonidio is a real gem – even people who don’t love aubergines will love this vegetable. Produces long lilac fruits with white stripes and very tender, bitter-free flesh. It is so special and unique to this area in Greece that it has been awarded a…
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Basil – Sweet Genovese

The best basil with relatively large leaves and excellent flavour, ideal for pesto.  Only grow indoors or in summer in a very warm garden. Sowing: Sow 4-6 seeds in each cell of a modular tray from early April until late June.  Plant into a tunnel or greenhouse…
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Bean, Broad – Vroma

Broad Bean Vroma is an excellent, high yielding variety with a large number of medium sized pods.  Suitable for spring sowing. Sowing: Sow directly in drills outdoors (5cm deep) from late February until late April. Spacing: 20cm x 30cm Approx. seed count:  35
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Bean, French (climbing) – Cobra

Bean, French (climbing) – Cobra Cobra produces a huge yield of delicious stringless beans over a long period.  This variety is very hard to match.  It is suitable for indoor cropping as well as outdoors in sheltered gardens. Sowing: Sow 5 seeds into 9cm pots in mid…
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Bean, French (dwarf) – Birgit

Dwarf French Bean Birgit is a delicious oval-shaped variety.  It was voted as the best-flavoured bean variety in Germany. Sowing: Sow directly into the ground (4cm deep) in May to June (or in April indoors) or Sow 3 seeds into a 9cm pot indoors (April –June) and…
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Bean, French (dwarf) – Purple Teepee

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…
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Bean, Runner – Enorma

A fantastic runner bean – beautiful flowers, delicious beans and with ‘no strings attached’.  You can’t go wrong. Sowing: Sow 5 seeds into 9cm pots in mid May and plant out about 4 weeks later around each bamboo cane.  Or Sow directly into the ground (4cm deep)…
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Bee & Butterfly Mix

Bee and Butterfly mix is an amazing mix of 45 annual flowers and herbs that attract bees and butterflies into your garden.  The seeds can be sown directly onto a well prepared seed bed and raked in.  Alternatively if you want to be more efficient with seeds…
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Beetroot – Detroit Globe

Beetroot – Detroit Globe is a very old maincrop beetroot variety that still performs extremely well.  It is highly recommended by Kylemore Gardens Sowing: Sow directly outside in a well prepared seed bed in shallow drills (1.5cm deep) from mid April until June. Between rows: 25cm Between…
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Beetroot – Boltardy

Beetroot – Boltardy is a classic variety of beetroot  and very reliable.  It is also tolerant of weather extremes. Sowing: Sow directly outside in a well prepared seed bed in shallow drills (1.5cm deep) from mid April until June. Spacing: Between rows: 25cm Between plants in the…
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Beetroot – Bulls Blood

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…
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Beetroot – Cylindra

Beetroot – Cylindra is a delicious and very high yielding cylindrical shaped beetroot.  It can become quite large and yet remains tender.  Ideal for pickling. Sowing: Sow directly outside in a well prepared seed bed in shallow drills (1.5cm deep) from mid April until June. Spacing: Between rows:…
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Beetroot – Pablo F1

Beetroot – Pablo F1 is the one to get excited about.  You really can’t go wrong with Pablo.  It is absolutely delicious, reliable and high yielding and you’ll never get that bitter taste that can put people off beetroot. Pablo is an all round variety suitable for…
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Beetroot Mix

Beetroot Mix – in this mixture there are five different types of beetroot including a white and yellow type, a long elongated variety, a striped Italian variety – and a normal red heritage variety.  I hope you enjoy the diversity. Growing Beetroot: Family: Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family) Related…
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Book – ‘The Self-Sufficient Garden’

Delighted to launch our new book ‘The Self-Sufficient Garden.’  It’s a practical guide on how to grow the 30 most common vegetables and to plan how to get a year round supply of fresh vegetables from your own garden. An essential guide to growing and maintaining a…
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Book: A Vegetable Growers Handbook

‘A Vegetable Growers Handbook’ is a clear and concise guidebook for growing a wide range of vegetables both outdoors and with protection.  The handbook is written in a way that is designed to give the reader a visual guide to growing vegetables. You can be take it…
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Book: Vegetables for the Irish Garden

A comprehensive book on how to grow all vegetables that suit the Irish climate and growing conditions.  It also covers organic growing techniques such as how to create a healthy soil (green manuring, composting), how to prevent problems (weeds, pest and diseases). It is has a concise month…
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Borage

Borage is an annual flower with attractive sky blue flowers which are ideal for salads.  The plant self – seeds freely and thus  it only need to sow it once and you’ll have it forever. Sowing:  From March to June. Sow one seed per module and plant…
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Broccoli – Romanesco

Broccoli – Romanesco is a most unusual and attractive summer broccoli with conical shaped heads. Sowing: Make successional sowings every 3 to 4 weeks from April until mid June. Sow one seed per module about 1.5cm deep. About 4 weeks later plant out. Spacing: Between rows: 45cm…
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Broccoli Purple Sprouting – Rioja F1

Rioja is an F1 hybrid with compact and dense florets and is one of the earliest to mature. Don’t mix this one up with the green ‘broccoli’ you know from shops.  These are called calabrese in the gardener’s language!  This one is the purple sprouting that will…
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Brussels Sprout – Brigitte F1

I could never grow Brussels sprouts until I met Brigitte!  This is such an excellent variety with excellent disease resistance and flavour and also the buds don’t open up prematurely. Sowing:  Mid April until June. Sow one seed per module about 2cm deep and about 4 weeks…
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Burdock

Burdock is a Japanese root vegetable -a cultivated variety of our native burdock.  A biennial with large leaves and delicious edible roots. Sowing:  March to May.  Sow one seed per module about 2cm deep and plant out 4 weeks later. Harvesting: In Winter. Spacing: 1 square metre per…
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Cabbage – Topaz

Cabbage Topaz is an early red cabbage with a flat head and medium density.  It is resistant to cracking.  Matures Sept – Nov. Sowing: March to April on a propagator Sow one seed per module about 1.5cm deep and about 4 weeks later plant out. Spacing: Between…
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Cabbage, Autumn – Balkan

Cabbage Balkan is a very hardy, frost resistant variety.  Harvest as required. Sowing: April to early June Sow one seed per module about 1.5cm deep and about 4 weeks later plant out. Spacing: Between rows: 45cm Between plants in the row: 45cm Approx. seed count: 30
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Cabbage, Red – Rodynda

The best red cabbage ever, bio-dynamically bred.  The flavour and texture is outstanding and the yield is fantastic.  Matures in late Autumn for storage. Sowing: In modules April to May Approx. seed count: 20
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Cabbage, Savoy – Vertus

Cabbage Vertus is a very frost hardy savoy cabbage with finely blistered dark green leaves for harvesting from October until February. Sowing: April to early June Sow one seed per module about 1.5cm deep and about 4 weeks later plant out. Spacing: Between rows: 50cm Between plants…
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Cabbage, Spring – Cape Horn F1

A delicious early pointed cabbage.  One of the most tender cabbages especially if grown in early spring in a tunnel.  Be aware though that once it is ready it will crack, so only sow a few seeds at a time. Sowing: March to April on propagator Sow…
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Cabbage, Summer – Stonehead F1

An excellent summer cabbage producing a dark green head with a solid heart with an excellent flavour. Sowing: March to April on a propagator Sow one seed per module about 1.5cm deep and about 4 weeks later plant out. Spacing: Between rows: 40cm Between plants in the…
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Calabrese – Belstar F1

Calabrese is the broccoli from the shops with the dark green head.  Belstar F1 is an excellent variety suitable for early main and late sowings.  Has good cold and disease resistance. Sowing: Make successional sowings every 3 to 4 weeks from April until mid June. Sow one…
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Calendula – Pot Marigold

Calendula – Pot Marigold is a semi double variety of this amazing edible orange flower.  It has also many medicinal benefits and can be made into herbal preparations. Sowing:  From March to June. Sow one seed per module and plant out 4 weeks later.  Alternatively sow direct.…
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Carrot – Autumn King

One of the most reliable varieties.  Well suited to heavy soils, but maybe not the best for flavour.  Harvest in October for storing through the winter. Sowing: Sow directly outside in a well prepared seed bed in shallow drills (1.5cm deep).  The best sowing date is in…
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Carrot – Chantenay Red Cored

A delicious stump rooted carrot with smooth roots. Harvest from late August onwards. Sowing: Sow directly outside in a well prepared seed bed in shallow drills (1.5cm deep).  The best sowing date is in late May/early June to avoid the carrot root fly. Spacing: Between rows: 25cm…
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Carrot – Early Nantes

Early Nantes produces long straight roots with good colour with a lovely sweet flavour. A blunt end early variety with very little core for successional sowing. Sowing: Sow directly in a polytunnel or greenhouse in a well prepared seed bed in shallow drills (1.5 cm deep). The best…
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Carrot – Rothild

  This carrot is very popular and most attractive.  It grows very uniformly and performs well in most soil conditions. Sowing: Sow directly outside in a well prepared seed bed in shallow drills (1.5cm deep).  The best sowing date is in late May/early June to avoid the…
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Carrot – Touchon

Carrot Touchon is the best Nantes – type carrot with crunchy, tender texture and sweet taste.  It is a French heirloom variety and matures early. Sowing: Sow directly in a polytunnel or greenhouse in a well prepared seed bed in shallow drills (1.5 cm deep). The best…
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Cauliflower – Aviron F1

A very reliable variety with a heavy compact white curd.  Very vigorous and well suited to the Irish climate. Sowing: In modules April – mid June.  Plant out about 4 weeks later. Spacing: Between rows: 60cm Between plants in the row: 60cm Approx. seed count: 15
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Celeriac – Giant Prague

An excellent variety that produces large roots with an excellent flavour. Sowing: Celeriac isn’t the easiest vegetable to grow from seed.  In late March to mid April, sprinkle the small seeds thinly onto a filled 9cm pot containing fine seed compost and place on a propagator.  About…
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Celery – Victoria F1

If you have tried to grow crunchy celery before and have failed, Victoria will come to your rescue.  It is absolutely fantastic, producing strong upright stalks that are crisp and succulent Sowing: In late March to early May, sprinkle the small seeds thinly onto a filled 9cm…
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Chard – Rainbow Chard

Rainbow Chard – each plant has different coloration ranging from white, yellow, pink, orange and red.  You can easily plant it in your flower border.  The whole leaf can be used and cooked like spinach or chard. Sowing: April – June It can either be sown directly…
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Chard – Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard is also known as Silver Beet or Seakale Beet.  It is a very popular vegetable in Italy where the white leaf stem is used as the vegetable.  The whole leaf, however, can be used.  Delicious if lightly steamed or stir-fried. Sowing: Make two successional sowings, the first…
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Chervil – Massa

Chervil – Massa is one of the most under-rated and neglected herbs.  It makes an absolutely fantastic and refreshing addition to any salad.  This variety Chervil – Massa produces dark green and smooth leaves. Sowing For continuity you can sow every three weeks from mid February until…
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Children’s Seed Tin (5 packs)

We selected 5 really easy and fun crops for children to grow.  In our Children’s Seed Tin (5 packs) they are beautifully presented and growing instructions are enclosed.  The tin contains the following seeds: Giant Sunflowers, Big Ugly Pumpkins, Bee & Butterfly Flower Mix, Cress and Radish.…
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Chives

Chives are very easy to grow from seed. It’s a good idea to renew your chives every few years with a fresh batch of plants. There tends to be a build up of Allium diseases if grown for too many years in the same bed. Sowing: March…
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Claytonia – Winter Purslane

Claytonia is also known as winter purslane or miner’s lettuce.  It is one of my favourite winter salads. Sowing: August to September for outdoor growing September for indoor growing Sow 5 – 7 seeds per module about 1cm deep and about 5 weeks later plant out. Spacing:…
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Coriander – Green Thunder

Coriander is becoming a very popular herb and this variety is specially selected for leaf production.  Furthermore, if you buy plain coriander seeds they are likely to bolt much quicker.  This is because the plants are meant for producing coriander seeds. Sowing:  Sow small amounts every 3…
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Corn Salad – Vit

Vit is a fantastic variety which produces dark green relatively upright leaves.  Only sow corn salad in late summer/autumn for harvesting in late autumn to late winter. Sowing: Sow directly outside in a well prepared seed bed in shallow drills (1.5cm deep).  The best time to sow…
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Courgette – Ambassador F1

A very good early variety dark green leaves.  Very reliable.  Harvest regularly throughout the summer. Sowing: Mid April until late May. Sow individual seeds into small pots (7cm) or large modules and keep in a warm place.  Pot on into a 10cm pot when ready.  Plant out…
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Courgette – Black Beauty

Courgette – Black Beauty has dark, tasty and glossy fruit and is very prolific. Sowing: Mid April until late May. Sow individual seeds into small pots (7cm) or large modules and keep in a warm place.  Pot on into a 10cm pot when ready.  Plant out in…
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Courgette – Parador F1

Attractive, shiny golden-yellow fruits with a wonderful nutty flavour and texture.  Harvest regularly throughout the summer. Sowing: Mid April until late May. Sow individual seeds into small pots (7cm) or large modules and keep in a warm place.  Pot on into a 10cm pot when ready.  Plant…
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Courgette Atena Polka F1

Courgette Atena Polka  F1 is a reliable and prolific eye catching golden yellow skinned bush variety with the same great flavour as green varieties. Approx. seed count: 7
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Cress – Fine Curled

Cress – Fine Curled is the easiest and fastest salad to grow with a slightly spicy taste. Sowing: Sprinkle seeds thickly over a thin layer of compost. Do not cover the seeds.  Grow indoors in a pot all year round. Ready to harvest in two to three…
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Cucamelon

Cucamelon is a vigorous climbing plant producing grape-sized mini- cucumbers with a hint of watermelon and lime. A real curiosity.  You can grow it exactly like cucumbers and needs a protected environment such as a polytunnel or greenhouse.  It’s more of a novel or curiosity crop than a…
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Cucumber – Passandra F1

Cucumber – Passandra F1 produces high quality medium sized (15cm) cucumbers.  It is also tolerant of mildew.  My favourite. Sowing: Late April until mid June. Sow individual seeds into small pots (7cm) or large modules and keep in a warm place.  Pot on into a 10cm pot…
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Dill – Dukat

Dill – Dukat is ‘dillicious’.  Dukat is the best variety for leaf production.  If you buy plain dill seeds they are likely to bolt much quicker because the plants are meant for producing dill seeds. Sowing:  Sow small amounts every 3 weeks from late March until August.  It…
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Fennel – Common Green

The herb fennel is a perennial plant and you’ll get fresh fern-like leaves for many years and fennel seeds in the autumn. This must be the easiest plant you can grow in your garden. One or two plants are usually sufficient for a family.  This is not…
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Fennel, Florence – Rondo F1

Florence fennel should be grown more often.  Rondo is an early, high yielding variety.  Very high quality with rounded white bulbs. Highly resistant to bolting.  Performs well under glass or polytunnel.  If you sow one seed per module about 1cm deep and about 4 – 5 weeks…
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Florence Fennel – Romanesco

Originally hailing from the Mediterranean Basin region, Romanesco fennel is a large, Florence heirloom variety with plump, oval bulbs, thick, tightly wrapped stems, and plenty of feathery leaves. Many gardeners swear that this is the most attractive heirloom Florence fennel around, as well as one of the…
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Gardening Gift Box – Large

This gardening gift box is an ideal present for any gardener.  It includes: Book ‘Vegetables for the Irish Garden’ or ‘Fruit and Vegetables for the Polytunnel & Greenhouse’  8 x Seed Packets  Pair of Ladies or Men’s Gardening Gloves  Nail Brush  Gardening Notebook  8 x Wooden Labels…
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Gift Promotion

We are offering a special Gift Promotion for 2019.  All 3 books (Vegetables for the Irish Garden, Fruit and Vegetables for the Polytunnel and Greenhouse and The Vegetable Grower’s Handbook) €34.95.  Also included is a free packet of seeds. Usual price for the 3 books is €45.…
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Green Manure – Buckwheat

Buckwheat is a fast-growing short-term summer green manure that germinates in about 3-5 days. It produces a dense canopy of foliage that smothers & out-competes weeds and once dug into the top layer of soil (15-18cm) rapidly decomposes helping to improve the soils structure and organic matter…
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Green Manure – Clover Mix

A mix of crimson and white clover.  Green manures are plants that are grown specifically to build and maintain the fertility of the soil and are always incorporated into the soil.  They can be used whenever your plot is unoccupied either over the winter, before a late…
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Green Manure – Phacelia

Phacelia is my favourite summer green manure.  As the German name ‘Bee’s Friend’ shows it is also one of the best plants for attracting beneficial wildlife. Sowing: From late March to September. Sprinkle the seeds over a finely raked soil. Covers approx. 7 square metres. More on…
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Kale – Nero di Toscana

Kale – Nero di Toscana is the kale that chefs rave about.  It has dark green lanceolate shaped leaves.  It also looks a bit like a palm tree and can be harvested throughout the winter. Sowing: April to early June. Sow one seed per module about 1.5cm…
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Kale – Red Russian

A very attractive and frost hardy kale.  Crops over a long period with purple/green leaves.  Can be harvested throughout the winter.  Highly recommended by Fionnuala Fallon from the Irish Times. Sowing: April to early June. Sow one seed per module about 1.5cm deep and about 4 weeks…
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Kale – Redbor F1

Redbor is definitely the most beautiful vegetable in your garden and of course you can eat it as well.  It has densely curled red leaves. Sowing: April to late June. Sow one seed per module about 1.5cm deep and about 4 weeks later plant out. Spacing: Between…
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Kohlrabi – Azur Star

Kohlrabi – Azur Star is a very attractive and delicious purple kohlrabi.  Very easy to grow and very versatile.  Not to mention, kohlrabi is the queen of the cabbage family. Sowing: Late March (in mild areas) to late June. Sow one seed per module about 1cm deep…
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Leek – Blue Solaise

Leek – Blue Solaise is a traditional French variety that is extremely hardy.  Deep blue/purple leaves.  Plants are ready to harvest in March to May the following year. Sowing: May to June. Sow 2 seeds per cell in modular trays and plant out 8-10 weeks after sowing…
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Leek – Bluegreen Winter

Leek – Bluegreen Winter is a truly winter hardy leek with attractive blue green leaves.  They are ready for harvesting from November until February.  An improved bluegreen winter type. Sowing: February to March. Sow 2 seeds per cell in modular trays and plant out 8-10 weeks after…
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Leek – Hannibal

Leek – Hannibal is a very strong growing leek with a great root system making it ideal for organic production.  It’s also very delicious.  You can harvest it from September until late November. Sowing: February to March. Sow 2 seeds per cell in modular trays and plant out…
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Lettuce – Red Salad Bowl

Lettuce – Red Salad Bowl is a traditional oak-leaf  lettuce with attractive burgundy/green leaves.  It’s very high yielding and will produce succulent leaves over a long period of time. Sowing: March until July in modules, plant out about 4 to 5 weeks later. Spacing:  Between rows: 35cm…
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Lettuce – Salad Bowl

Lettuce – Salad Bowl is the green version of red salad bowl.  A high yielding attractive oak-leaf lettuce with delicious succulent leaves. Sowing: March until July in modules, plant out about 4 to 5 weeks later. Spacing:  Between rows: 35cm Between plants in the row: 35cm Approx…
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Lettuce – Saladin (Iceberg)

Lettuce – Saladin (Iceberg) is a crunchy and crisp ‘Iceberg’ lettuce which has heavy dark green heads and is ideal for the Irish climate.  It is very reliable with large well wrapped heads and has few outer leaves.  Resistant to mildew and bolting.  Iceberg lettuce often has…
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Lettuce – Surprise Mix

Lettuce – Surprise Mix is our own mixture of the best lettuce varieties.  Expect a surprise. Sowing:  Sow small amounts every 2 weeks from late March until July.  Sow 1-3 seeds per cell in modular trays and plant out 4 to 5 weeks after sowing.  Do not…
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Lettuce, Batavia – Red & Green Mix

Lettuce, Batavia – Red & Green Mix is an interesting mix of red and green batavia lettuce.  Delicious crunchy leaves.  One of my favourites. Sowing: Sow small amounts every 2 weeks from late March until July.  Sow 1 seed per cell in modular trays and plant out…
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Lettuce, Butterhead – Marvel of Four Seasons

Lettuce, Butterhead – Marvel of Four Seasons is a very attractive red green butterhead.  A delicious and tender variety, easy to grow. Sowing: Sow small amounts every 2 weeks from late March until July.  Sow 1 seed per cell in modular trays and plant out 4 to…
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Lettuce, Cos – Claremont

One of the most delicious and popular types of lettuce with a lovely flavour. Sowing:  Sow small amounts every 2 weeks from late March until July.  Sow 1 seed per cell in modular trays and plant out 4 to 5 weeks after sowing.  Do not cover the…
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Lettuce, Cos – Red Cos

Lettuce, Cos – Red Cos is a special red cos type specially selected for baby-leaf production.  The leaves remain dark red even if grown under protection. Sowing: Sow small amounts every 2 weeks from late March until July.  Sow 1 seed per cell in modular trays and plant…
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Lettuce, Loose Leaf – New Red Fire

Lettuce, Loose Leaf – New Red Fire is a dark red lollo type with high resistance to bolting.  Delicious sweet, crisp leaves with wine red tinges. Sowing: Sow small amounts every 2 weeks from late March until July.  Sow 1 seed per cell in modular trays and…
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Lovage

Lovage is an upright, herbaceous and perennial plant growing to 1.8–2.5 m (5.9–8.2 ft) tall.  With a basal rosette of leaves and stems with further leaves, the flowers being produced in umbels at the top of the stems. The stems and leaves are shiny glabrous green to yellow-green and…
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Melon – Emir F1

An excellent melon that is tolerant to low temperatures.  Round to oval shape, slightly ribbed fruit.  Very tasty and sweet. Sowing: Late April until mid June Sow individual seeds into small pots (7cm) or large modules and keep in a warm place.  Pot on into a 10cm…
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Microgreen Mix – Gourmet

Mircrogreen Mix – Gourmet is a blend of delicious varieties of vegetables, salads and herbs suitable for eating as baby leaves. If grown in a bed, loosen the soil and rake it smooth and level, scatter the seeds about 0.5cm apart.  Rake it over again.  If sown…
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Microgreen Mix – Hot & Spicy

A hot and spicy microgreen mix of delicious varieties of salads and herbs suitable for eating as baby leaves. What are microgreens or microsalads? Microgreens (also known as micro leaves, micro salads) are becoming very popular in restaurants as well as finding their way into supermarkets (pre-packed).…
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Microgreens – Mild Mix

Microgreens – Mild Mix contains broccoli, kohlrabi, red cabbage, kale, leaf radish ‘Sangria’, cabbage ‘January King’. Microgreens are very easy to grow. They can be grown in a garden bed, in containers, or inside on a sunny windowsill.  If grown in a bed, loosen the soil and…
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Microgreens – Pea Shoots

Pea Shoots have a nutty, distinct and delicious flavour and are high in vitamins A, B, C and E.  They are very easy to grow and are rich in calcium, chlorophyll, beta carotene and folic acid.  Not only that but pea shoots will also add iron, magnesium, niacin,…
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Onion – Lilia

Onion – Lilia is a dual-purpose variety which can be grown and harvested as very attractive red-skinned scallions (spring onions) or it could be left to mature into a red bulb onion which can be stored. Sowing: February to March – for bulb onions For bulb onion production:…
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Onion -Golden Bear F1

Onion Golden Bear F1 is the one to grow if you have ever had White Rot on your onions as this variety is resistant to it.  It also has good resistance to grey mould and some tolerance to downy mildew.  Matures early and has a very high yield…
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Onion, Shallot Seed – Zebrune

Zebrune is very productive and has a good resistance to bolting.  Long brown bulbs tinged pink.  It performs best on a well drained light soil in a sunny location. Sowing: Late January – March (with heat) Spacing: 30cm x 30cm (4 plants per station) Approx. seed count:…
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Oriental Brassica Salad – Leaf Radish ‘Sangria’

Oriental Brassica Salad – Leaf Radish ‘Sangria’ is a pink – red stemmed leaf radish with a delicious flavour.  Very fast growing with green lobed leaves.  Grows well outdoors and under protection. Oriental brassicas are excellent from late summer onwards right through the winter if grown under…
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Oriental Brassica Salad – Mizuna

Oriental Brassica Salad – Mizuna is a very special winter salad.  Dark green, glossy, jagged leaves, ideal for a mixed salad. Oriental brassicas are excellent from late summer onwards right through the winter if grown under protection.  In spring they are very prone to fleabeetle attacks and…
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Oriental Brassica Salad – Mustard ‘Red Frills’

Oriental Brassica Salad – Mustard ‘Red Frills ‘is a wonderful frilly red mustard.  Definitely one of my favourites.  Very easy to grow with a mild flavour. Oriental brassicas are excellent from late summer onwards right through the winter if grown under protection.  In spring they are very…
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Oriental Brassica Salad – Pak Choi ‘Joi Choi F1’

Oriental Brassica Salad – Pak Choi ‘Joi Choi F1’ is a brilliant Pak Choi with bright white stems and dark green leaves.  It also has excellent taste. Oriental brassicas are excellent from late summer onwards right through the winter if grown under protection.  In spring they are very…
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Oriental Brassica Salad – Salad Rocket ‘Victoria’

Oriental Brassica Salad – Salad Rocket ‘Victoria’ is the classic salad rocket with a rounded leaf blade and attractive dark green colour.  Very vigorous and fast growing. Oriental brassicas are excellent from late summer onwards right through the winter if grown under protection.  In spring they are…
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Oriental Brassica Salad – Surprise Mix

  Oriental Brassica Salad – Surprise Mix is our own selection of the best Oriental Brassicas.  You’ll get the best of everything.  Oriental brassicas are excellent from late summer onwards right through the winter if grown under protection.  In spring they are very prone to fleabeetle attacks…
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Oriental Salad – Mustard ‘Green Frills’

Oriental Salad – Mustard ‘Green Frills’ is an amazing salad ingredient, with very serrated green leaves and has excellent flavour and texture. Oriental salads are excellent from late summer onwards right through the winter if grown under protection.  However, in spring they are very prone to fleabeetle…
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Oriental Salad – Wild Rocket

Oriental Salad – Wild Rocket – the plants are vigorous, uniform and dark green. Oriental brassicas are excellent from late summer onwards right through the winter if grown under protection. In spring they are very prone to fleabeetle attacks and are best avoided unless grown under a…
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Parsley – Hamburg (Root)

Parsley – Hamburg (Root) is a unique dual-purpose parsley variety.  It is usually grown for its edible roots but the leaves can also be used.  Hamburg parsley is far more popular in Central European gardens. Sowing: March to June. Sow 4 seeds per cell in modular trays…
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Parsley – Moss Curled

Parsley – Moss Curled is an excellent and reliable variety with curly leaves.  Absolutely delicious. Sowing: March to June. Sow 4 seeds per cell in modular trays and plant out 6-7 weeks after sowing.  Keep the tray in a warm place. Spacing: Between rows: 25cm Between plants…
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Parsley, Flat Leaf – Italian Giant

Parsley, Flat Leaf – Italian Giant is a vigorous, flat leaved parsley with brilliant green leaves and serrated edges.  Excellent for cooking. Sowing:  March to June. Sow 4 seeds per cell in modular trays and plant out 6-7 weeks after sowing.  Keep the tray in a warm…
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Parsnip – Javelin F1

Parsnip – Javelin F1 is just amazing.  I will never grow another variety again.  It produces delicious and reliable roots with some tolerance to canker. Sowing: Sow directly outside in a well prepared seed bed in shallow drills (1.5cm deep).  The best sowing date is in late April/late…
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Pea Mangetout- Shiraz

The attractive bicoloured flowers of Pea Mangetout – Shiraz form stunning flat, purple pods that are best harvested young and eaten raw, steamed or added to stir fries. The purple pods are rich in healthy anthocyanin (antioxidant) pigment, although the colour will fade to dark green when…
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Pea, Garden – Greenshaft

Pea, Garden – Greenshaft is my favourite garden pea.  To my knowledge there is no other that can come anywhere near it.  Above all it is very high yielding and with excellent flavour.  Additionally you get up to 10 seeds per pod and it is mildew resistant.…
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Pea, Sugar Snap – Sugar Ann

Pea, Sugar Snap – Delikett is an excellent sugar snap pea with a compact plant habit and approx. 65cm tall.  Pods are carried in clusters of two and also can be harvested over a longer period of time as well as having excellent taste and very high…
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Pepper (chilli) – Biala Shipka

Pepper (chilli) – Biala Shipka produces masses of long (9cm), small tapered chillies that start dark green and get hotter as they turn red. A very early variety. Plant height: 90cm. Sowing: February to mid March. Sow 5 seeds into a small pot (7cm) and keep in…
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Pepper, Chilli – Hungarian Wax

Not the hottest chilli, but an easy one to grow.  Very vigorous plant with long pointed yellow fruits.  Will turn red when fully ripe. Sowing: February to mid March Sow 5 seeds into a small pot (7cm) and keep in a warm place.  Pot on into individual…
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Pepper, Chilli – Jalapeno

Jalepeno is a very prolific grower with very pungent fruits. The fruits start dark green changing to a red on maturity. As easy to grow as tomatoes and requiring much of the same treatment.  Peppers are delicious when used raw in salads but are also very tasty…
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Pepper, Sweet – Beauty Bell F1

Pepper, Sweet – Bell Boy F1 is a prolific thick walled pepper with a sweet flesh and good disease resistance.  Best used when green.  Only grow with protection. Sowing: February to mid March. Sow 5 seeds into a small pot (7cm) and keep in a warm place. …
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Pumpkin – Baby Bear

Pumpkin – Baby Bear F1 is a fantastic pumpkin variety. Produces up to 5 delicious mini pumpkins, each weighing about 1.5kg. You can serve your soup in the pumpkins themselves. The naked seeds can be toasted as a nutritious snack. Sowing: Mid April until late May. Sow…
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Pumpkin – Rouge Vif d’Etampes

Pumpkin – Rouge Vif d’Etampes produces large, flat, heavily ribbed pumpkins with bright orange-red skin.  The fruit can weigh 10kg and stores well.  Very unusual variety. Sowing: Mid April until late May. Sow individual seeds into small pots (7cm) or large modules and keep in a warm…
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Pumpkin, Naked – Gleisdorfer Oelkuerbis

Pumpkin, Naked – Gleisdorfer Oelkuerbis  is grown for its delicious seeds which are shell-less (without seed coat). The seeds are edible, straight from the pumpkin or can be dried. The fruits weigh up to 5kg and the seeds are ready in October when the fruit turns from…
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Radish – Cherry Belle

Radish – Cherry Belle is a variety which produces top quality delicious radishes with bright red skin.  Suitable for growing outside as well as for early production in a tunnel or greenhouse.  Also very reliable. Sowing: Sow directly outside in a well prepared seed bed in shallow…
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Scallions (Spring Onions) – Ishikura Bunching

Scallions (Spring Onions) – Ishikura Bunching is an outstanding variety, perfect for bunching.  Leaves are upright and dark green with straight long white stem. Above all, perfect. Sowing:  Sow small amounts of Scallions (Spring Onions) – Ishikura Bunching every 2 weeks from late March until July.  For…
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Spinach – Perpetual Spinach

Spinach – Perpetual Spinach is very easy to grow, extremely high yielding and also very healthy.  You will only need a few plants (3-5) to supply you with regular meals of spinach. Sowing: March until July. It can either be sown directly into the garden or first…
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Spinach – Tree Spinach

Spinach – Tree Spinach is an amazing plant that grows up to 2m.  The leaves have a red tinge.  Most unusual and attractive.  You may grow it more as a curiosity than as a vegetable. Sowing: Late March- May. Sow 1 seed per module and plant out…
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Spinach, Annual – Acadia F1

Spinach, Annual – Acadia F1 is an excellent spinach variety with dark green, glossy leaves. Ideal for summer cropping. It is high yielding, has excellent taste, slow to bolt, very attractive and mildew resistant. Sowing: Late March until July. Spacing: Between plants: 10cm Between rows: 20cm Approx. seed…
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Squash – Buttercup

This squash is a vigorous trailing plant with unusual shaped fruits with grey-green skin.  Squash – Buttercup has very firm flesh with superb sweet flavour. Soil and site: Squash – Buttercup needs a fertile, free-draining soil that can hold plenty of moisture. A generous application of well-decomposed compost…
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Squash – Crown Prince F1

Squash – Crown Prince F1 is one of the best squashes for taste.  Steel grey skin and orange flesh. Highly recommended by Joy Larkcom. Sowing: Mid April until late May. Sow individual seeds into small pots (7cm) or large modules and keep in a warm place.  Pot…
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Squash – Turks Turban

Squash – Turks Turban is a brightly coloured squash usually grown for ornamental purposes.  In addition it is very tasty when picked young and stuffed with rice or meat. Sowing: Sow individual seeds about 2-3 cm deep into pots (9cm) filled with good compost between late April…
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Squash – Uchiki Kuri

Squash – Uchiki Kuri is one of the most reliable squashes to grow. It has orange/red pear shaped fruits along with a nutty flavour.  Well worth trying.  Highly recommended for its taste and also it’s reliability. Sowing: Mid April until late May. Sow individual seeds into small…
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Squash – Vegetable Spaghetti

Squash – Vegetable Spaghetti is a delicious squash with stringy flesh that separates into ‘spaghetti’ type pieces when cooked. Sowing: Sow individual seeds about 2-3 cm deep into pots (9cm) filled with good compost between late April to early May.  Plant out in late May/June.  Ideally protect…
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Squash, Summer – Patty Pan

Squash, Summer – Patty Pan is a summer squash with a very distinct round, scalloped shape resembling a UFO. It can be harvested regularly throughout the summer months. Sowing: Mid April – late May Planting: Late May/June Approx. seed count: 5
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Squash, summer – Tromboncino Albenga

Squash, summer – Tromboncino Albenga is a summer squash which is a very different type.  It has with long, curved, bell-ended fruit up to 1 metre in length and is best harvested when about 30cm long.  Tromboncino Albenga has a vigorous trailing or climbing habit. Sowing: Mid…
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Swede – Gowrie

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…
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Sweetcorn – Golden Bantam

Sweetcorn – Sweet Nugget F1 produces super-sweet sweetcorn cobs.  Produces very long, delicious cobs. A very early variety so performs well under cooler conditions. Sowing: April to May Sow individual seeds into small pots (7cm) or large modules and keep in a warm place.  Pot on into a…
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Thyme – Common

Thyme is surprisingly easy to grow from seed and it tends to produce much healthier and stronger plants compared to plants raised from cuttings. Thyme – Common is a wonderfully aromatic herb – ideal for the kitchen as well as an edging plant for your beds. There…
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Tomato – Ancient Epidavros

Tomato – Ancient Epidavros is a variety is from Ancient Epidavros in Eastern Peloponnese. I found it a small roadside market stall and was so impressed with the full flavour of Greece.  The vendor broke a fruit open for me to taste at the stall – try that…
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Tomato – Apricot Salex

Tomato ‘Apricot Salex’ is a variety I got from an Italian gardening friend who gave me her selection of the best Italian heirloom varieties.  I tried to find out more of this variety but there is no reference of it on the internet but yet it is such…
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Tomato – Opal F1

Tomato – Opal F1 is a new tomato variety from Bulgaria. Vigorous indeterminate growth. Produces large standard smooth round fruits with excellent flavour. Very good disease resistance. Approx. seed count: 8 Sowing: February to March.  Sow 5 seeds into a small pot (7cm) and keep in a warm…
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Tomato – Sungold F1

Tomato – Sungold F1 is the ultimate tomato.  Any taste comparison of different tomato varieties will always have Sungold on top.  It produces hundreds of golden yellow cherry tomatoes.  You can’t miss out on them! Sowing: February to March. Sow 5 seeds into a small pot (7cm)…
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Tomato – Sweet Aperitif

Tomato – Sweet Aperitif has beaten Sungold tomatoes for taste in two separate tomato taste trials.  I never thought that this was possible. Sowing:  February to March.  Sow 5 seeds into a small pot (7cm) and keep in a warm place.  Pot on into individual 7cm pots…
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Tomato, Beefsteak – Fantazia

A very large beef tomato with delicious fruits.  It will remind you of your holidays in the Mediterannean. Sowing: February to March Sow 5 seeds into a small pot (7cm) and keep in a warm place.  Pot on into individual 7cm pots when ready.  Plant into greenhouse…
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Turnip – Purple Top Milan

Turnip – Purple Top Milan is a delicious and very reliable variety with purple tops and white skin. Sowing: Sow small amounts every 3-4 weeks from late March until July.  Sow 1 seed per cell in modular trays and plant out 4 to 5 weeks after sowing…
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Turnip – Tokyo Cross F1

 Turnip Tokyo Cross F1 has a versatile, delicious mild flavour.  Exceptionally fast growing, high quality roots with a porcelain white skin, a fine texture and lovely mild flavour. Can also be grown in containers for baby turnips and used in salads. Sowing: March – August Spacing: 50…
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Vlita

Vlita (pr. VLEE-ta) – (other names:  Greek Horta, Amaranth greens, Slender amaranth) This is a very common dish in Greece – Horta or boiled greens.  The ingredients change throughout the season but in summer the most common type is Vlita – or Amaranth Greens.  The Latin name…
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Watercress

Watercress can be grown in a wet part of the garden or in a polytunnel with very heavy watering. It does better if sown early in the year or in late summer. This strain of watercress is selected for slow bolting. Sowing: Sow in late winter on…
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