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Leeks

Leeks are one of the hardiest vegetables you can grow and can provide delicious crops from October to April.

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10 RARE AND DELICIOUS HERITAGE AND HEIRLOOM PEA VARIETIES TO GROW FOR MAXIMUM FLAVOUR

I have more than thirty varieties of peas in my collection; many from the Heritage Seed Library (HSL).  I have been given peas and discovered them in most countries I…

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Growing heritage and heirloom chillies and sweet peppers

One can grow chillies and peppers in the same way as tomatoes.  Seed can take anything up to four weeks to germinate and plants need a long growing season to…

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Growing rare and delicious heritage cucumbers

Growing cucumbers both outside and in a greenhouse or polytunnel requires a little effort for a very large crop  

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Courgette and squash

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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.  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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10 RARE BROAD BEAN VARIETIES TO GROW FOR MAXIMUM FLAVOUR

I keep about twenty rare, endangered, heritage and heirloom broad (fava) bean varieties in my seed library.  Many of the broad beans I grow and save the seeds of our held…

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STARTING FROM SCRATCH

We can grow delicious vegetables pretty much anywhere and at virtually no cost,  If you would like to grow a few veggies in a corner of your back yard but…

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Growing peas is easy peasy

fresh peas straight from the pod are divine. Its easy to start growing peas using egg boxes. First remove any sticky labels on the lids.  Fill the boxes up with a…

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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. It’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 Wales😋😋. 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

I’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 😋😋