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Sow What?

When Can I Sow Radish Seeds? 1

Posted on September 03, 2010 by Gardening Guru

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Well the answer to that is any time you want to sow them.  There is such a huge variety of radish seeds available to grow that it means you can sow the seeds all year round and be harvesting a fresh radish 12-months of the year.

Did you know that there are two main types of radish?  There is the summer variety and the winter variety.  The summer radish will generally have red, pink or white skins are normally quite small and round although there are pointed and even cylindrical ones.  The round ones will not grow much larger than 3-4cm diameter and the long ones will reach an average of around 6-7cm so generally they are much smaller than the winter varieties which are much larger and not unlike, although slightly smaller than, turnips or parsnips. Read the rest of this entry →

New Vegetable Seeds – July 2010 0

Posted on July 24, 2010 by Gardening Guru

We are constantly bringing new seeds into our range.  We get as bored as I am sure you do with seeing the same old stuff all the time so something new brightens things up a little.  It can take quite a while for them to find their way on to our website, though, photos loaded etc etc etc, so please bear with us.

We do  have 3 new ones one ready to go as I type this :- 2 runner beans and a new radish.  The new beans are the ‘Preisgewinner‘ and ‘Butler‘ both really good varieties, the Butler is a stringless pod and the Preisgewinner produces an extra long pod reaching up to 30cm in length.  The radish is the ‘Herbst und Winter‘ a blue/purple skin with very white flesh.

As I said we do keep bringing new seeds in and we will keep posting information in the blog but if you want to check out the new varieties then have a look at the new vegetable seeds page on our website where they are all listed.  Until they are not new anymore.

Vegetables to Sow in July 0

Posted on July 23, 2010 by Gardening Guru

July Crops – Sowing and Eating!
There is still time to sow seeds for quick growing Summer crops, such as lettuce and radish, so use any spare gaps in the garden, such as beneath taller plants. Also, some greens need to be grown in succession through the season for a continual supply, so sow and transplant in preparation for later crops, such as dwarf beans and spinach beet. Whilst sunny July is a strange time to be thinking of the colder months, the gardener needs to be prepared so it is time to think about sowing and transplanting Winter and Spring crops, such as leeks and the brassica family of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower – they need to have a head start before the cold sets in!
If you do not have a garden, a sunny windowsill is still ideal for herbs in pots and “cut and come again” lettuces – place in a tray to water the roots rather than from above, especially if you are away for a few days. Many herbs sown earlier will be starting to flower, so you should start to harvest and conserve them for use later in the year. Chop parsley and mint leaves and freeze in ice cube trays with a dash of water. Other herbs can be frozen whole in bags such as thyme sprigs and basil leaves. Alternatively, make a herb flavoured vinegar or olive oil for the larder.

The great thing about July is the opportunity to start harvesting and eating the efforts we made earlier in the year! Pick as many peas and beans as you can, before they become tough – it is also necessary to pick the pods to encourage the plant to produce more – otherwise it thinks its reproductive work is over! Vegetables, such as courgettes, cucumbers and squash, also need picking at their optimal size, before becoming large and tough.

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