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Spuds, spuds, glorious spuds.

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Early earlies – get a taste of new potatoes by planting one tuber (seed potato of your choice) in a large tub in a greenhouse or coldframe. Half fill the tub with compost, put in the tuber and cover with more compost. Add more compost to cover the shoots as they appear. Water from time to time. Harvest when the plants begin to flower, about 10 weeks after planting.

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New beginnings.

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New beginnings.

The shortest day is over; slowly, gradually the dark is retreating. A new season starts.

Here at JustSeed Limited we are in the process of upgrading our web-shop to make it easy to navigate, update our product information and improve your experience whilst expanding our catalogue.

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Christmas Star

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Christmas Star

Even in the depths of winter we bring a little of the garden indoors. We decorate our houses with evergreen trees and holly wreaths and garlands above the mantelpiece. On the windowsill we may have an exotic array, poinsettias with their vibrant bracts, bowls of fragrant hyacinths. The flower-heads of amaryllis often appear too heavy for the stalk to hold up.

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Eeek, oohh,urgghh, bleagh

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Some spooky, curious and gruesome facts about the wildlife that visit our houses and gardens ... A group of crows is called a murder. House flies vomit and poo continuously. Dragonflies are the deadliest hunters in the animal kingdom. Harvestman can lose a leg in order to escape predators. A ladybird eats as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. Mice and rats’ incisor teeth never stop growing. The fen raft spider can grow as big as a rat (largest spider in Britain). A cockroach can live for weeks without its head. Honey bees have hair on their eyeballs. Devil’s...

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Fairy rings, angel's wings and field blewits

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Fairy rings, angel's wings and field blewits

Neither animals nor plants, fungi are a separate group of organisms. Britain has around 13,000 species of fungi (compared to 2,100 species of native flowering plants and ferns). Usually the fruiting bodies are the only visible part, and come in various shapes and sizes, helping to identify them.

If you are lucky enough to live not far from Kew Gardens there is an amazing range to discover in the grounds at this time of year.

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