various seedlings in pots in unheated (cold) greenhouse
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Doing the hokey cokey

In out in out shake it all about - do the Hokey Cokey and turn around…. A rhyme for our times - whether in lockdown or as a gardener. Now is the time of burgeoning...

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Overgrown!

Sorry we haven't been posting as we have been extraordinarily busy, events rather overtook us.  We will be back with more tips and news on what to sow now and how to grow your lovely...

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Lovable 'Love Apples'
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Lovable 'Love Apples'

Initially thought to be aphrodisiac, the French call them 'pommes d'amour' (love apples), Italian 'pomodoro' (golden apple). Tomatoes are our most popular fruit but used as a vegetable, mandatory in Mediterranean cooking.  Assorted sizes, shapes, colours...

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Biquinho yellow or "little beak" mild fruity chilli pepper
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Chilli peppers - Turning up the Heat

Native to South America, chili peppers are now widespread throughout the culinary world. Used as a vegetable or fruit, smoked or dried and ground as a spice these versatile chillies are botanically a berry. Good for you too, a Jalapeno pepper has more vitamin C than an orange.  

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10 tubers Seed potato Carlingford. Whiye fleshed, waxy texture. Fast growing, harvest June to July
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Spuds, spuds, glorious spuds

Shetland Black, Mayan Gold, Rocket, Mary’s Rose, Charlotte and Anya, Pink Fir Apple, Sharpe’s Express, Pentland Javelin or King Edward. Just the names can evoke memories of warm summer salads or jacket potatoes raked from the bonfire embers. Choose your own varieties to grow, to match the dishes you enjoy cooking and eating. 

We like Red Duke of York, baked in their skins to balls of fluff with a dollop of sour cream&chives.Or Carlingford, firm and waxy; boiled and doused in mint or parsley butter. Charlotte is the most popular salad potato in the UK; slightly waxy, they hold their shape well and are delicious hot or cold. Casablanca, a new white fleshed first early, very versatile it can be boiled, baked or chipped. Sarpo Potatoes are a unique family of varieties developed for their superb taste; all able to resist potato blight and be easy to grow for any gardener or allotment holder 

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The Gardener’s friend
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The Gardener’s friend

Having rescued a petrified hedgehog from the idiotic dog from next door trying to bite it, prickles and all, I decided how to best treat my little hero (or heroine I couldn’t tell). Fortunately R&R in a quiet nest of leaves with a dish of cat treats alongside soon had the hedgehog on its feet again, instead of curled in a trembling ball.

 I was delighted to actually see one as their numbers have declined dramatically. They now seek refuge in our gardens, eating slugs, beetles and caterpillars.

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Organic September

Organic September is an annual month-long campaign run by the Soil Association which aims to raise awareness of organic products. Whilst our focus is on seeds and organic growing (obviously) they also promote items like organic cotton bags to replace thoe plastic ones to carry home your lovely produce.  

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This Eucalytus has a strong citronella fragrance which makes it idea as a patio plant, helping keep insects away.
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Plant Hunters Fairs

Our gardens are in full flower, the soft fruit needs picking before the birds strip the bushes and you just can't eat enough lettuce; then a trip around the many horticultural shows and plant fairs is a welcome respite.

One coming up not too far from us is at the British Ironworks Centre, Oswestry on Sunday 28th July.  Free parking  - entry by donation in aid of Hope House Children's Hospice. A good source of plants, from nurseries in your locality so you know they should thrive in your own gardens, suitable for your soil conditions.  

Don't forget you will have to get them all home and planted out.

www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk

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Truss of Ildi tomatoes grown in our greenhouse in North Wales, enjoyed by all the family, adults and children alike.
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National Tomato Week

Start your day with Britain's Breakfast; Green Sausage and Egg Yolk Steak Sandwich. Finish with a Bite Size Orange Slice Wapsipinicon Peach Yellow Cocktail. If you look after your Green Zebra, Artisan Purple Bumble Bee and Red Robin, they will reward you with Hundreds and Thousands of Delicious, Bountiful TOMATOES.

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National Gardening Week

Interested in growing your own food? Then give it a go during National Gardening week, 29th April to 5th May, annual event run by RHS (Royal Horticultural Society). They have lots of ideas; plotting your patch or concocting your container, from creating wildlife habitats for hedgehogs to making a compost heap to improve your soil. Other organisations and gardens all over 'Edible Britain' are staging events and activities so look out for your local news for advice and inspiration. Grow micro greens on your windowsill, beans on your balcony or beetroot in the borders ( the leaves are colourful and you can eat them too in salads!)

Share your ideas or event on our facebook page, or tweet @JustSeedLtd we'd love to know how you are getting on.

 

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