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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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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Spuds, spuds, glorious spuds.

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

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...

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grow your own chestnut mushrooms
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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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