Aubergine – Black Beauty

Aubergine – Black Beauty is 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…

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Aubergine – Leonidio (Tsakonia)

Aubergine – Leonidio (Tsakonia) 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…

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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 – Super Aquadulce

Broad Bean Super Aquadulce 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) – 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, French (dwarf) – Saxa

Dwarf French Bean Saxa is a delicious oval-shaped variety. Early-maturing variety suitable for spring and summer sowing.  The plants are low and bushy.  The pods are dark green, straight, cylindrical, 12-14cm long, located in the middle girdle. Sowing: Sow directly into the ground (4cm deep) in May…

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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 & Butterfly Mix is an amazing mix of over 20 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…

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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 – 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’

Book – ‘The Self-Sufficient Garden’ is a practical guide on how to grow the 30 most common vegetables.  It illustrates how to get a year round supply of fresh vegetables from your own garden. This book is an essential guide to growing and maintaining a self-sufficient garden. …

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Book: A Vegetable Growers Handbook

The Book: 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…

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Book: Vegetables for the Irish Garden

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…

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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

Broccoli, Purple Sprouting – Rioja F1 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…

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Brussels Sprout – Brigitte F1

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…

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Cabbage – Balkan

Cabbage – Balkan is a delicious Dutch-type variety which produces firm heads in autumn.  Originates in Bulgaria. 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…

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Cabbage – Melvin F1

Cabbage Melvin F1 is a very early maturing hybrid variety which is ready about 2 months after transplanting. It has a round head with a good internal structure, crunchy texture and delicious taste. It weighs about 1kg and is slow to bolt. Suitable for protected cropping and…

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Cabbage – Topaz

Cabbage Topaz is an early red cabbage with a flat head and medium density.  It is ready from late August to late September which is a couple of months before Cabbage, Red Rodynda and it is also resistant to cracking. Sowing: March to April on a propagator…

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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, Savoy – 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…

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Cabbage, Spring – Duncan 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 Belstar F1 is an excellent variety suitable for early main and late sowings. It has good cold and disease resistance. Sowing: Make successional sowings every 3 to 4 weeks from April until mid June. Sow one seed per module about 1.5cm deep and about 4 weeks…

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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

Carrot – Autumn King is one of the most reliable varieties as it is well suited to heavy soils.  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…

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Carrot – Chantenay Red Cored

Carrot – Chantenay Red Cored is a delicious stump rooted carrot with smooth roots which can be harvested 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…

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Carrot – Early Nantes

Carrot – 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…

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Carrot – Rothild

Carrot – Rothild 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 carrot…

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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…

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Cauliflower – Flamenco F1

Cauliflower – Flamenco F1 is 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…

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Celeriac – Giant Prague

Celeriac – Giant Prague is 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…

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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

Chard – Rainbow Chard. Each plant has different colouration ranging from white, yellow, pink, orange and red.  One of the most beautiful vegetables.  The whole leaf can be used and cooked like spinach or chard. Sowing: April – June It can either be sown directly into the…

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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.  In addition, the white leaf stem is used as the vegetable here.  The whole leaf, however, can be used.  Delicious if lightly steamed as well as stir-fried. Sowing:…

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Chervil – Massa

Chervil – Massa is one of the most under-rated and neglected herbs.  Also 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…

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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 – Winter Purslane is also known as miner’s lettuce.  It is one of my favourite winter salads.  It has a succulent mild taste and hardiness. Sowing: August to September for outdoor growing September for indoor growing Sow 5 – 7 seeds per module about 1cm deep…

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Coriander – Green Thunder

Coriander – Green Thunder 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 seed. Coriander is a…

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Corn Salad – Vit

Corn Salad – Vit is a fantastic variety which produces dark green relatively upright leaves. Corn salad is also known as lamb’s lettuce.  The small leaves have a wonderful nutty flavour and the plants are completely winter hardy and undemanding. Sowing: Sow directly outside in a well…

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Courgette – Ambassador F1

Courgette – Ambassador F1 is a very good early variety with dark green fruits.  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…

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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 – Goldrush F1

Courgette – Goldrush F1 has slender, golden skinned fruits are produced in profusion throughout the summer. Courgette ‘Goldrush F1’ is a heavy cropper with a vigorous open habit. The stems and foliage are virtually spine free for ease of picking. Sowing: Mid April – late May Spacing:…

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Courgette – Parador F1

Courgette – Parador F1 produces 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…

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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 – Gergana

Cucumber – Gergana is a vigorous early variety which produces a high yield of delicious cucumbers with a smooth skin. This variety comes highly recommended from my Bulgarian friend as the best tasting sweetest cucumber ever! It’s an open-pollinated variety but still produces bitter-free fruits. Sowing: Late April…

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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

Fennel, Florence – Rondo F1 is an early, high yielding variety.  Very high quality with rounded white bulbs. Highly resistant to bolting.  Performs well under glass or polytunnel. Sowing: May to June. Spacing: Between rows: 35cm Between plants in the row: 35cm Approx. seed count: 40 Growing…

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Florence Fennel – Romanesco

Florence Fennel – Romanesco  is a large heirloom variety with plump, oval bulbs  and plenty of feathery leaves. The bulbs are large and can get up to 1kg.  The leaves can also be used as a herb or in salads and the leaf stems in stir fries.…

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Gardening Gift Box – Small

Gardening Gift Box – Small.  This small gardening gift box includes the following: Book ‘A Vegetable Growers Handbook’  3 Seed Packets  Gardening Notebook  3 x Wooden Labels Sample Chapter: Sowing Most vegetables are sown from seed.  Only some are planted as sets (onions, shallots) or tubers (potatoes).…

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Garlic – Morado (purple hardneck)

Morado Garlic has exceptional flavour. A hardneck variety originating from Spain. Medium Sized bulbs with 9-12 cloves usually. These are striking bulbs have deep purple red skin due to the purple cloves beneath. The cloves plump up well and are easy to peel. Very high in Allicin,…

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Gift Promotion

We are offering a special Gift Promotion for 2022.  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

Green manure – Buckwheat is a fast-growing short-term summer green manure that germinates in about 4-5 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…

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Green Manure – Clover Mix

Green Manure – Clover Mix is a mix of over 15 different clovers.  Green manures are plants that are grown specifically to build and therefore, maintain the fertility of the soil.  They are always incorporated into the soil.  Furthermore, they can be used whenever your plot is…

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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 mid June. Sow one seed per module about 1.5cm…

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Kale – Red and Green Palm

Kale – Red and Green Palm is a giant kale, easily growing to a height of 1.8m. It’s an ancient North German variety which is grown as an animal feed during the summer – you simply harvest the lower leaves and feed them to chickens, rabbits, sheep or…

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Kale – Red Russian

Kale – Red Russian is 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 June. Sow one seed per module about 1.5cm deep…

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Kale – Redbor F1

Kale – Redbor F1 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…

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Kale/Cabbage Baby Leaf Mix – Raffaello

Kale/Cabbage Baby Leaf Mix – Raffaello is an amazing blend of cabbage and kale varieties which is suitable for baby leaf production and stir-fry mixes.  The plants can be spaced very closely and small leaves can be harvested regularly. Sowing: February – March (in polytunnel or greenhouse)…

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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 – Giant Winter

A hardy winter leek with dark green leaves.  They are ready for harvesting from November until February. Very reliable cropper. Sowing: February to March Sow 2 seeds per cell in modular trays and plant out 8-10 weeks after sowing without splitting up the seedlings. Spacing: Between rows:…

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Leek – Zagora

A most unique leek variety from the Zagorian mountains of Bulgaria. It’s completely different from any other leek I know as the stem grows to at least 50cm tall and remains pale and naturally blanched all the way up. It doesn’t get as thick as other leeks…

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Lettuce – Claremont

Lettuce – Claremont is a Cos lettuce with a  delicious flavour and crunchy texture.  It has an upright growth habit and is the ideal lettuce for a Caesar salad. Sowing:  Sow small amounts every 2 weeks from late March until July.  Sow 1 seed per cell in…

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Lettuce – Lollo Rossa

Lettuce – Lollo Rossa is a very attractive, frilly leaved loose-leaved lettuce with magenta coloured leaves and light green bases.  It is slow bolting and has a mild flavour.  An ideal variety for the cut-and-come-again technique.  It was awarded an AGM from the Royal Horticultural Society. Lactuca…

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Lettuce – Marvel of Four Seasons

Lettuce – 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 5…

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Lettuce – New Red Fire

Lettuce – 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 plant out…

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Lettuce – Red Cos

Lettuce – 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 – 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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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

Microgreen Mix – Hot & Spicy is a 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…

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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

Microgreens – 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…

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Nasturtium – Alaska Mix

Nasturtium – Alaska Mix produces hundreds of the most delicious edible flowers.  This mix has deep red and yellow shades.  The plants also have very attractive variegated leaves which are also delicious in a salad.  The combination of the shades of bright flowers and the variegated cream…

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Onion – Fasto F1

Onion – Fasto F1 is an early maturing onion variety which produces an excellent yield of delicious onions.  These onions store extremely well.  Produces perfectly globe shaped onions. Sowing: Late January to March (with heat) Sow 4 seeds per cell in modular trays and plant out 8-10…

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Onion (Scallion) – Lilia

Onion (Scallion) – 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…

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Online Gardening Course – Summer

Online Gardening Course – Summer The Online Gardening Course – Summer is now available for booking.  Even if we have already filmed a couple of sessions you can still avail of the course.  We will send you the first videos so you can catch up. Duration: 5…

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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 – Italian Giant

Parsley – 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 place. Spacing: Between…

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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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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, 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, Garden – Skinado

Pea, Garden – Skinado is a very sweet and delicious garden pea.  This is a most productive pea with blunt, dark green pods averaging  7-8 medium sized peas. Sowing: April to June. Sow directly outside in a well prepared seed bed in trenches 5cm deep and 15cm…

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Pea, Mangetout – Carouby de Maussane

Pea, Mangetout – Carouby de Maussane is a tall growing (1.8m), purple flowered mangetout type pea.  Large pods up to 11cm in length – excellent variety and it needs a sturdy support. Sowing:  April to June Sowing: Sow directly outside in a well prepared seed bed in…

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Pea, Mangetout- Shiraz

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…

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Pea, Sugar Snap – Sugar Ann

Pea, Sugar Snap – Sugar Ann 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…

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Pepper – Amfora

Pepper – Amfora is an early maturing bell fruit pepper with a compact and robust plant habit.  It can be grown in pots but 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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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 – Oxhorn F1

Pepper, Chilli – Oxhorn F1 is an early maturing chilli pepper which grows up to 15cm long and weighs around 150g, making it one of the largest chilli peppers. It’s quite mild when harvested green and becomes a little hotter the more it matures. Resistance to TMV…

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Pepper, Sweet – Beauty Bell F1

Pepper, Sweet – Beauty Bell 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. Sowing Pumpkin – Baby Bear Mid April until late May. Sow individual Pumpkin – Baby Bear F1…

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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.  It is suitable for growing outside as well as for early production in a tunnel or greenhouse.  And is also very reliable. Sowing: Sow directly outside in a well prepared…

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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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Shallot – Zebrune (Seed)

Shallot – Zebrune (Seed) is very productive and has a good resistance to bolting.  Produces elongated banana shaped, pink-brown bulbs.  It performs best on a well drained light soil in a sunny location.  A real gourmet variety. Sowing: Late January – April (with heat) Sow 4 seeds…

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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, Annual – Ranchero F1

Spinach, Annual – Ranchero 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.…

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Squash – Buttercup

Squash – Buttercup is a vigorous trailing plant with unusual shaped fruits with grey-green skin.  It 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, Butternut – Muscat

Squash, Butternut – Muscat is a type of butternut squash with fruits that are light orange on the outside. The orange-red coloured meat has a firm consistency that has a fine, musky scent. The sweet nutty-tasting meat can be boiled or steamed for desserts, cakes or pumpkin…

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Squash, Summer – Patty Pan

ThSquash, 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 Squash, Summer – Patty Pan Latin…

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Sunflower – Giant Yellow Single

Sunflower – Giant Yellow Single is a fast growing sunflower which grows 2.5 to 3m tall.  They produce large golden-yellow coloured flower heads with dark centres.  The flowers also attract bees and butterflies. Sowing: In March to April sow one seed per pot and plant out 4…

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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 – Golden Bantam 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 – Common 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…

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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 – Aunt Ruby’s (green)

Tomato – Aunt Ruby’s is originally a German green heritage tomato but was cultivated in the U.S. by Ruby Arnold and the name has stuck. Aunt Ruby’s is a large beefsteak tomato which produces large tomatoes which can weigh up to a pound. The fruits remain greenish/yellowish…

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Tomato – Brad’s Atomic

Tomato – Brad’s Atomic is probably the most unusual tomato. The fruits are the shape of large grapes with vibrant colours with streaks of red, brown, green and blue. The colour of the skin is as unique as the colour of the flesh.  in addition it also…

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Tomato – Fantazia

Tomato – Fantazia is very large, juicy beef tomato with delicious fruits.  It originates in Bulgaria. 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 or polytunnel.…

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Tomato – Firebird F1

Tomato – Firebird F1 is a new variety with very vigorous and healthy growth. Produces an abundant yield of bright red and oblong cherry tomatoes. The fruits have a delicious sweet flavour and a nice crunchy texture. Excellent resistance to cracking. Indeterminate type. One of my favourites in…

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Tomato – Iris

Tomato – Iris is my favourite beef tomato with perfectly shaped large oval fruits and moist flesh which doesn’t lose water when slicing. The flavour and yield are exceptional. I named it after my mother “Iris” who has bred this variety and grown it for over 20…

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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. For decades I have been trying to find a normal sized and good looking tomato variety which also tastes delicious. Generally…

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Tomato – Pink Magic (Rozova magiya)

Tomato – Pink Magic (Rozova magiya) is a vigorous, tall-growing beefsteak variety which produces large, pink beefsteak tomatoes. Delicious taste with an excellent sweet and sour balance. Very fleshy and aromatic and according to my Bulgarian friend – it is the world’s best tasting tomato variety. Sowing:…

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Tomato – Rosella

Tomato – Rosella has been a constant success in the greenhouse year after year.  It was voted one of the top varieties alongside Sungold for flavour.  Dark purple colour and very high yielding. Sowing: February to March Sow 5 seeds into a small pot (7cm) and keep…

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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, Greek – Batala

Tomato, Greek – Batala comes from a town called Vavrona and was always considered one of the best varieties in Greece. It is sweet, full of flavour and fleshy making it very heavy. Apparently this spelled its commercial doom. The fruit cannot be stored at all as…

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Tomato, Greek – Meteora

Tomato – Meteora is a variety that grows at the foothills of one the world’s most spectacular landscapes – the Meteora monasteries in Northern Greece.  Magnificently perched on high columnar-shaped mountains. Tomato – Meteora is a large, juicy beefsteak variety, quite uneven in shape but absolutely delicious.…

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Tomato, Greek – Paleochori

Tomato, Greek – Paleochori is a variety I found growing in a beautiful, idyllic garden in the small mountain village of Paleochori in the Arkadian region of Peloponnese. This variety was grown for many generations in this village and doesn’t even have a variety name. I simply…

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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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Vlita – Greek Horta

Vlita – Greek Horta 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 is Amaranthus blitum.  It has exceptionally high nutritional properties.  One…

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Watercress

Watercress can be grown in a wet part of the garden or in a polytunnel with very heavy watering. Also 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…

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