Archive for October, 2021

TEN RARE AND UNUSUAL TOMATOES FOR FLAVOUR

My favourite heritage and heirloom tomato varieties are all open-pollinated and so I am able to save seed from all of them.ย  I hold 67 varieties in my library, a…

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GROWING BROAD BEANS IN A GREENHOUSE

I like to grow overwintering broad beans in a greenhouse or a polytunnel as I find that in a very cold and damp winter young plants outside are prone to…

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Sometimes I simply let plants drop their seed where they will and see what happens. This parade of poppies is the result of pure neglect!! They delight every year. How they arrived I know not but I am mighty glad they have made the path around the house home

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Saving seed of the leek Autumn Late Giant. Itโ€™s a commercial variety and I harvest through to early April. Kept back a dozen plants for seed. Soon the bees will be all over the attractive flowers and I will collect seed in the autumn

I love saving carrot seed. These @HeritageSeedsUK Red Elephant are an ex-commercial Australian variety. Such lovely flowers too

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Time to lift my Omani garlic I discovered on the Sayiq plateau in 2010. Pungent, early, great fresh and very happy in Wales๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹. Will plant for 2023 in October

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This is the second of my early dwarf French beans, Blue Jay. A Canadian heirloom widely cultivated it was the result of accidental crossing in 1978 and subsequently shared @SeedsDiversity heavy cropping, scrumptious and compact so great for small spaces

Iโ€™m having this little darling for supper tonight. The first of my Syrian cucumbers from seed I brought back from Damascus in 2011. Simply the best. Once tasted no other comes close ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹