Seed Saving

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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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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Fancy some fabulous French beans?

Growing dwarf French beans in a corner of even the most neglected garden requires no knowledge or expertise.   All you need is an area about 90cms by 90cms.  Dwarf French…

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Lovely Lettuce

  Harvest some fresh lettuce leaves from your own garden or container for the first time and you will experience a taste sensation that I believe will make you want…

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A SMALL HARVEST OF VERY ANGRY BEANS

Earlier this year I gave a talk about seed saving in Hereford at a brilliant seed swap.  I had lots of my own seeds to share and the event organiser…

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Seed Detective Twitter

Three of my favourite peas looking blooming lovely. The promise of a brilliant mange tout to come with the purple flower of Jaune de Madras, the blousy flower of Dwarf Defiance and pretty double flowers of Carters Dwarf Sugar pea which are perfect for pots and small gardens

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More planting out of crops for ⁦@HeritageSeedsUK⁩ using a pinch of excellent ⁦@CarbonGold⁩ in the planting hole. Morden Yellow is an ex-commercial Canadian cultivar no longer in production. Looking forward to see just how delicious they are and to save loads of seed.

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The first pods of ⁦@HeritageSeedsUK⁩ dwarf pea Tom Thumb. Gorgeous in a pot and even better consumed

A trugfull of treats for a spring supper. Durham Early cabbage, Syrian Small broad beans and Douce Provence peas all grown from my home-saved seed. I cannot claim the asparagus which I bought as crowns. Too delicious to do anything more than steam and eat with a little butter 😋

Perfect weather for planting out @HeritageSeedsUK runner bean SIMM’s Corsair which I am growing out for seed for the library. Now time needed to encourage those leaders to twine 😋😋

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