About Lajos Szabo

Lajos is the founder of Seed Parade. Over the years he helped many gardeners growing their own through the Seed Parade forum and here on the blog too. He has an Agri- and Horticultural university degree, and he grows his own on his London allotment for more than five years.
Lajos Szabo

Win Seeds

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender March 16, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment 297 Comments
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Win 30 packets of seeds! Enter by commenting below, just tell us what is your favourite vegetable to grow from seeds. Ends 18/03/2016

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Benefits of Planting Organic Vegetable and Herb Seeds

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender October 29, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments

You are what you eat’ is an old adage most of us have heard all of our lives. The adage is true, and since the plants we eat all start from seeds, it just makes good health sense to start an organic garden with organic vegetable and herb seeds. Since plant seeds are in the soil for long periods of time, absorbing whatever is in the soil, there are a multitude of benefits you will reap when planting organic seeds. Consider these pros when selecting your garden seeds. * Organic seeds come from plants that were grown in organic gardens. No chemical pesticides or fertilizer was used in growing the plants, therefore there are none of those potentially harmful chemicals in the soil. If no harmful chemicals were in the soil or used on the plants, there will not be any in the vegetable or

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How to Start Garden Seeds Indoors

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender October 19, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments

Starting your own garden seeds indoors in late winter will save you money and give your garden plants (vegetables or flowers) a head start when the weather warms up in spring. The price of wholesale seeds and potting soil will be far less than the price plants, plus you will have a more plant varieties to select from when you start with seeds. Buying vegetable seeds and starting plants indoors will also provide you with a unique opportunity to share seeds and seedlings with fellow gardeners or bring in some extra cash by selling plants in the spring. If you have the land space, consider growing more vegetables and flowers than your family needs and selling the excess during the summer for additional income. Save money (and possibly make money) by vegetable seeds in the summer sales a

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The Eden Way Gardening from The Allotment Shed

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 29, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOJ6Xkg-KH8

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Slug Trap Video from the Allotment Shed

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 20, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad_Wv2mNng

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Win the new Kitchen Garden Experts book and Seeds

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender April 29, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 25 Comments
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Win this new book and 30 packets of randomly picked seeds from our shop. Competition ends 10/05/2014. Enter by commenting below, let us know what is your favourite veg to use in the kitchen. KITCHEN GARDEN EXPERTS TWENTY CELEBRATED CHEFS & THEIR HEAD GARDENERS by Cinead McTernan Photography by Jason Ingram Foreword by Raymond Blanc May 2014 Hardback | £20.00 Published by Frances Lincoln https://www.franceslincoln.com/ Kitchen Garden Experts features the chefs and gardeners at twenty of the UK’s most exciting restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafés, focusing on how they produce the best fruit and vegetables to appear on their menus. With this book you can: • Explore the kitchens and gardens of twenty celebrated chefs, from Terence Conran and Raymond Blanc to River C

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Win a great book for foragers and foodies and some of our seeds too

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender March 15, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 23 Comments
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Win this great cook book for foragers and 30 packets of randomly picked seeds from our shop. Competition ends 20/03/2014. Enter by commenting below, let us know what do you normally forage or what would you like to forage. Winner will be randomly picked and will be notified by email and announced here on the blog. ROSEHIPS ON A KITCHEN TABLE SEASONAL RECIPES FOR FORAGERS & FOODIES By Carolyn Caldicott Photographs by Chris Caldicott March 2014 Published by Frances Lincoln In these days of environmental concern and financial constraints we are all looking for ways to put good, local, seasonal food on the table. But sometimes it can seem daunting. This is where Rosehips on a Kitchen Table comes to the rescue. You don’t need to be a great cook, a master gardener or an exp

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Allotment book winner

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 17, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments

The winner is Danielle Graves! Congratulations! The book is published by Frances Lincoln (www.franceslincoln.com | @Frances_Lincoln) To order Charles Dowding's Veg Journal at the discounted price of £12.00 including p&p* (RRP: £14.99), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG69.  Alternatively, send a cheque made payable to: Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department,  Littlehampton Book Services,  PO Box 4264,  Worthing, West Sussex  BN13 3RB.  Please quote the offer code APG69 and include your name and address details.  *UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.    

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Free seeds for schools 2014

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 4, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 30 Comments
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It is closed now; thanks for all who applied! We have sent to about 30 schools so far and will send an other 30 before the end of March. Really sorry if you are not among those. We had lots of emails and we have only limited stock for this project. You should have sent an email as stated below and not comment here, but it is okay now.   Spring is on the way and hopefully more and more schools have a bit of veggie garden. To help some of the youngsters to get into gardening we run a free seeds for schools program again. So if you run a gardening club in a school or collage send the address of the school to freeseeds @ seedparade.co.uk. Please note seeds will NOT be sent to private addresses. We have a limited stock but should be able to send to about 30 schools a variety of ve

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Win a great new gardening book and seeds

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender January 24, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 352 Comments
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Win Charles Dowding's new book and 30 packets of randomly picked seeds from our shop. Competition ends 10/02/2014. Enter by commenting below, let us know what is your favourite herb to grow and use. Winner will be randomly picked and will be notified by email and announced here on the blog. CHARLES DOWDING’S VEG JOURNAL EXPERT NO-DIG ADVICE, MONTH BY MONTH   Plan bumper harvests the no-dig way – Charles Dowding’s Veg Journal provides simple steps, experienced advice and seasonal checklists to plan a year’s veg growing. The information is taken from the author’s successful Charles Dowding Vegetable Course and is arranged in a useful monthly journal so that no activity is overlooked and readers can follow his mantra of ‘little and often’. • find success w

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