Save and Sow

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Growing vegetables and saving seeds from some of my produce is what gets me out of bed in the morning.  In this section you will find a guide to my favourite varieties of vegetables with tips on how to grow them and also save seed.  I want to help people who have never grown anything and who have little or no space or equipment. 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 have no experience or knowledge here you will find tips and suggestions which require spending nothing or almost nothing to grow a few peas, dwarf French beans and lettuce.

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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


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


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


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 😋😋