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Multi-coloured vegetables

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

How about buying some rainbow coloured vegetable seeds?

Your garden or veg plot could look absolutely amazing if you grew some of these fantastic multi-coloured vegetables.


Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’ – 1 packet (80 swiss chard seeds)
 £2.99
This exciting RHS AGM leaf beet, produces a rainbow of coloured stems that are crowned with large leaves of green or bronze. The flavour is deliciously mild and packed with nutritional content. Leaf Beet ‘Bright Lights’ can be harvested from mid-summer to late autumn, and after a normal winter, it will re-emerge to give an unbelievably early spring crop! Guaranteed lo brighten the vegetable patch, or why not grow this colourful swiss chard cultivar in ornamental borders. Height: 50cm (20"’). Spread: 40cm (16"’)

Swiss Chard ‘Five Colour Silverbeet’ – Heritage – 1 packet (200 swiss chard seeds)
 £2.29
A rainbow mix of vibrant stem and leaf colours maintained as an Australian heirloom. An excellent value crop as the juicy, mild flavoured broad stems (chards), and the leaves (as spinach) can be eaten. Both are best steamed, but as baby leaves the stems and leaves can be added to salads. Decorative vegetable perfect for borders and containers

Beetroot ‘Rainbow Beet’ (Globe) – 1 packet (250 beetroot seeds)
 £1.99
Visually stunning 5 variety beetroot mixture - the colours of the outer skins, sliced flesh and contrasting shades of stems and leaves are amazing! And so is the flavour. Just wash young roots, peel and slice raw into salads for tasty crunch and colour. The tender stems and leaves make excellent salad ingredients too, or can be steamed and eaten like spinach or chard. ‘Baby’ roots are ideal for pickling, whilst mature roots can be steamed and enjoyed in a variety of dishes. Collection Includes: Subeto F1, Boldor, Chioggia, Albina vereduna and Bulls Blood Scarletta.

Carrot ‘Rainbow’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (300 carrot seeds)
 £2.99
This colourful mix brings together F1 Hybrids in some of the best shades resulting from unique breeding over many years. Carrot ‘Rainbow’ produces a diverse range of skin and core colours that are all packed with vitamins. Perfect for adding a splash of colour to cooked dishes and salads. Height: 30cm (12"’). Spread: 15cm (6"’)

Radish ‘Rainbow Mixed’ – 1 packet (500 radish seeds)
 £1.99
T&M has hand selected this visually stunning array of coloured skinned radishes all with crisp, white, delicious flesh. Radish Rainbow Mixed have round to plum shaped roots with white, purple, red, white and red, or a stunning gold skin, to add colour to your summer salads or sandwiches. Summer sowings grow quickly and will be ready to harvest in 28 days.

Tomato ‘Rainbow Blend’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (8 tomato seeds)
 £3.69
What more could you want from a tomato. Juicy, sweet and colourful! Simply stunning mix of four colours of ‘baby plums’ - Katiebell (yellow), Lizziebell (orange), Luciebell (red) and Flamingo (pink) - will make attractive and productive plants this summer. Contrasting fruit colours will add to the interest and taste of your salads, sauces and a whole host of other tomato dishes. Fruits are oblong and very juicy, weighing on average 16-20g (0.5 - 0.75oz) and with high levels of sweetness. A ‘must-have’ tomato for your garden this season

Beetroot seeds

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

I love beetroot! There’s so many different seeds you could try!
Direct sow beetroot seeds outdoors from March to July in a weed free, sunny position in fertile, light, well drained soil. Sow beetroot seeds thinly in shallow drills at a depth of 3cm (1″) and 30cm (12″) apart. Germination will usually take 12 to 24 days. When large enough to handle, thin out the seedlings within each row to 10cm (4″) apart.

When growing beetroot, water as necessary to prevent the soil from drying out and keep the plants cool and moist. This will help to avoid plants running to seed. Roots can be lifted at any time from June to October once they have reached 1″ diameter or more. Harvest any remaining crops before the first frosts. Beetroot can be stored until mid spring in boxes of moist sand in a frost free shed or garage.

Beetroot ‘Albina Vereduna’ (Globe) – 1 packet (250 beetroot seeds) £0.99

Beetroot ‘Alto’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (250 beetroot seeds) £2.99

Beetroot ‘Boldor’ – 1 packet (200 beetroot seeds) £2.49

Beetroot ‘Bolivar’ (Globe) – Duchy Originals Organic Seeds – 1 packet (250 beetroot seeds) £2.99

Beetroot ‘Boltardy’ (Globe) – 1 packet (300 beetroot seeds) £1.99

Beetroot ‘Boltardy’ (Globe) – 1 packet (80 beetroot seeds – seed tape) £2.99

Beetroot ‘Bona’ (Globe) – SowStrong® Collection – 1 packet (250 beetroot seeds) £2.99

Beetroot ‘Burpee’s Golden’ (Globe) – 1 packet (100 beetroot seeds) £0.99

Beetroot ‘Chioggia’ (Globe) – 1 packet (300 beetroot seeds) £1.49

Beetroot ‘Coloured Collection’ (Globe) – 3 packets – 1 of each variety (800 beetroot seeds in total) £5.49

Beetroot ‘Detroit 2 Crimson Globe’ – 1 packet (300 beetroot seeds) £2.29

Beetroot ‘Kahira’ (Egyptian Flat Rooted) – Heritage – 1 packet (300 beetroot seeds) £1.99

Beetroot ‘Kestrel’ F1 Hybrid (Globe) – 1 packet (150 beetroot seeds) £2.99

Beetroot ‘Moneta’ – 1 packet (150 seeds) £2.99

Beetroot ‘Pablo’ F1 Hybrid – RHS endorsed vegetable seeds – 1 packet (250 beetroot seeds) £0.99

Beetroot ‘Paonazza d’Egitto’ – Vita Sementi® Italian Seeds – 1 packet (600 beetroot seeds) £1.99

Beetroot ‘Rainbow Beet’ (Globe) – 1 packet (250 beetroot seeds) £1.99

Beetroot ‘Red Ace’ F1 Hybrid (Globe) – 1 packet (150 beetroot seeds) £2.69

Beetroot ‘Rubidus’ (Globe) – 1 packet (200 beetroot seeds) £2.69

Beetroot ‘Solo’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (200 beetroot seeds) £2.49

Beetroot ‘Wodan’ F1 Hybrid (Globe) – 20 beetroot plug plants £8.99

Beetroot ‘Wodan’ F1 Hybrid (Globe) – 40 beetroot plug plants £11.99

Beetroot ‘Wodan’ F1 Hybrid (Globe) – RHS endorsed vegetable seeds – 1 packet (200 beetroot seeds) £2.99

Flash Sale at Seed Parade

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Flash sale at Seed parade
Says 37+ hours left!

Seed potatoes from Suttons

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Not too late to order. Potato days going on around the country right now if you don’t want to order online.

The Potato Book by Alan Romans £16.99

Seed Potatoes – Anya 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Apache 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Arran Pilot 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Bargain Patio Growing Kit £9.99

Seed Potatoes – Bargain Patio Growing Kits £16.99

Seed Potatoes – Beginner’s All Season Collection £12.99

Seed Potatoes – Blight Tolerant Collection £8.99

Seed Potatoes – Bonnie 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Cara 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Casablanca 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Casablanca 1kg (Second Crop) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Charlotte 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Charlotte 1kg (Second Crop) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Desiree 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Foremost 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Gemson 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Gourmet Patio Growing Kit – Large £17.99

Seed Potatoes – Gourmet Patio Growing Kit – Small £12.99

Seed Potatoes – Gourmet Patio Refill Pack – Large £9.99

Seed Potatoes – International Kidney 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Kestrel 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – King Edward 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Lady Christl £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Patio Starter Kit £7.99

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Patio Starter Kit £13.99

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Refill Pack £6.49

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Refill Pack £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Maris Peer 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Maris Peer 1kg (Late) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Maris Piper 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Nicola 1kg (Late) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Patio Refill Pack £5.49

Seed Potatoes – Patio Refill Pack £8.49

Seed Potatoes – Pentland Javelin 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Pink Fir Apple 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Red Duke of York 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Rocket 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Rooster 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Sarpo Mira 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Smaller Garden Collection £8.99

Seed Potatoes – Swift 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Valor 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Vivaldi 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Vivaldi 1kg (Late Season) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Winston 1kg £3.99

Leeks

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

I think I’m ready to brave the weather and go and fill some containers with compost. I am going to do a large pot of leeks and split them up and also start some in modules.
I’ve been looking at this leek moth trap kit on Suttons. Could be useful if you suffer from leek moth.


Leek Moth Trap Refill
 £4.99
Refill for the leek moth trap – Leek Moths lay their eggs near the base of the plants and the resulting maggots quickly burrow into the foliage. This trap uses the scent of the female moth to attract and catch the male moths (set up in early April to trap the first generation, and in early July to trap the second generation).

Leek Moth Trap
 £8.99
Leek Moths lay their eggs near the base of the plants and the resulting maggots quickly burrow into the foliage. This trap uses the scent of the female moth to attract and catch the male moths (set up in early April to trap the first generation, and in early July to trap the second generation). Pack contains: 1 trap and hanger, 2 sticky bases and 2 pheremone lures.

Leeks are massively greedy feeders, so if your leeks have not done well then the chances are you just haven’t fed them enough. Continuing to feed the soil with manure applications is part of the solution but you’ll also need plant food scattered on. Chicken manure pellets are good. My dad used to recommend watering them in too on some plants. Leeks are a fantastic crop> They do stand a long time on the plot, but are well worth growing.
We sowed some at the community garden in the polytunnel on Saturday.

Leek Seeds – Musselburgh £4.99

Leek Seeds – Autumn Giant 3 Albana £2.99

Seed Tape – Leeks £2.99

Leek Seeds – Atal £2.55

Leek Seeds – Northern Lights £2.49

Leek Seeds – Musselburgh £1.99

Leek Swiss Giant Zermatt Seeds £1.89

Leek Seeds – Lyon – Prizetaker £1.55

Leek Seeds – Neptune £1.55

Leek Seeds – Autumn Mammoth 2 £0.99

Three cheers for the onion

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

A really interesting article on the BBC about the history of onions and how much is used per capita around the world today.

Salford Black Runner beans

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Salford Black runner beans get a mention on this story on the Manchester evening news site about Ordsall Hall being part of a seed saving project.

They’re acting as ‘seed guardians’, who extract and preserve seeds from vegetables grown at the side of the Tudor manor house.

She said: “These vegetables have not been seen apart from in gardens that are private but here at Ordsall Hall we are allowing people the chance to come and see them.

“The Yellow Pear tomato dates back to 1633. It came from south America in the 1600s. And the Salford Black runner bean and Duke of Albany Pea are from the 1800s.
“The Salford Black runner bean, from Salford, got its name because Salford was a polluted city.”

UK potato days

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

A list of UK potato days!
brilliant list of potato days around the UK.
They’re starting to add in this years *The ones in green! Not many yet but there should be loads again!

Make sure you get along to one! They’re a brilliant place to go and buy your seed potatoes.
If you find out there’s one near you not listed then contact them!

Help growing leeks

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Suttons have these -


Leek Moth Trap
 £8.99
Leek Moths lay their eggs near the base of the plants and the resulting maggots quickly burrow into the foliage. This trap uses the scent of the female moth to attract and catch the male moths (set up in early April to trap the first generation, and in early July to trap the second generation). Pack contains: 1 trap and hanger, 2 sticky bases and 2 pheremone lures.

Leek Moth Trap Refill
 £4.99
Refill for the leek moth trap – Leek Moths lay their eggs near the base of the plants and the resulting maggots quickly burrow into the foliage. This trap uses the scent of the female moth to attract and catch the male moths (set up in early April to trap the first generation, and in early July to trap the second generation).

Leek Plants – Northern Lights
 £6.99
A real stunner in the winter veg garden. Leaves change from green to deep purple during winter months.Harvest from December Well into spring

Leek Plants – Continuity Winter Duo Pack
 £6.99
Winter Duo Pack (January-March) – Comprises of 46 plants (23 of each variety). Poulton F1 (a short-shafted variety which produces high quality leeks with high density and attractive dark colour) and Vitaton F1 (an ideal partner to Poulton, allowing a supply of leeks well into the late winter).When it comes to continuity of production we feel the following selection is an important step forward for the home market.You don’t have to have a large vegetable garden to grow your own. Even the smallest patio or balcony can accommodate a few containers that will give you a bumper crop of delicious fresh produce!

Leek Plants – Continuity Early Winter Duo Pack
 £6.99
Early Winter Duo Pack (November-December) – Comprises of 46 plants (23 of each variety): Belton F1 (a long-shafted variety which produces uniform and easy-to-clean stems that hold well) and Poulton F1 (a short-shafted variety which produces high quality leeks with high density and attractive dark colour).When it comes to continuity of production we feel the following selection is an important step forward for the home market.You don’t have to have a large vegetable garden to grow your own. Even the smallest patio or balcony can accommodate a few containers that will give you a bumper crop of delicious fresh produce!

Leek Plants – Continuity Autumn Duo Pack
 £6.99
Autumn Duo Pack (September-October) – Comprises of 46 plants (23 of each variety): Duration F1 (a quick-yielding late summer/early autumn variety) and Megaton F1 (a high-yielding hybrid that combines earliness with a long harvesting window thanks to its low risk of bolting).When it comes to continuity of production we feel the following selection is an important step forward for the home market.You don’t have to have a large vegetable garden to grow your own. Even the smallest patio or balcony can accommodate a few containers that will give you a bumper crop of delicious fresh produce!

Seed Tape – Leeks
 £2.99
Goodbye successional sowing! Just sow once and the mix of varieties mature successionally for a super-long harvest period! Harvest for up to 39 weeks! Excellent winter vegetable. Sow April-May. Harvest September-February. 6m seed tape.

Watch a video of leeks being sown in root trainers.

Might try this. Normally I do them in a tray and then pot them on. I imagine this allows them to have bigger roots.

Growing leeks from seed

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Suttons have these leek varieties


Leek Seeds – Atal
 £2.55
A pale green summer-cropping salad leek. Great flavour and uniformity.

Leek Seeds – Autumn Giant 3 Albana
 £2.99
A top quality leek for a long season of production, giving high yields of flavoursome, medium-sized stems averaging 20-23cm (8-9) in length with little or no bulbing. It also stands extreme weather conditions remarkably well.

Leek Seeds – Autumn Mammoth 2
 £0.99
A first class strain to eat and to exhibit. Thick, sturdy white stems. Superb autumn leek – harvest from September to January.

Leek Seeds – Lyon – Prizetaker
 £1.55
Recommended. Long, thick, pure white stems of mild flavour. Excellent for exhibition if sown in January under glass.

Leek Seeds – Musselburgh
 £4.99
Part of the Sutton’s Seeds Vegetable Heritage Range Good length, tasty white stems. A milder flavour substitute for onions in many culinary dishes. 4 PACKS Thick, white, tasty stems Extremely winter hardy Traditionally popular variety 1919 packet details – Greatly improved stock of Musselburgh leek, far superior to the ordinary strain. Highly Commended, Royal Horticultural Society, 1918.

Leek Seeds – Musselburgh
 £1.99
Part of the Sutton’s Seeds Vegetable Heritage RangeGood length, tasty white stems. A milder flavour substitute for onions in many culinary dishes.Thick, white, tasty stemsExtremely winter hardyTraditionally popular variety1919 packet details – Greatly improved stock of Musselburgh leek, far superior to the ordinary strain. Highly Commended, Royal Horticultural Society, 1918.

Leek Seeds – Neptune
 £1.55
An impressive leek producing flavoursome white stems that are ready to harvest from November to January. Shows good winter hardiness and resistance to rust.

Leek Seeds – Northern Lights
 £2.49
This British-bred leek is a real stunner in the winter veg garden, the leaves changing from blue-green to an eye-catching deep purple during the winter months. Stands well during cold weather – harvest from December until late spring.

Leek Swiss Giant Zermatt Seeds
 £1.89
A dual-purpose leek, for baby or full-size harvest. Pulled young it makes a good milder alternative to spring onions. Salad type.