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Turkeys and New Seeds…..

Person Author: Helene Coleman Calender December 9, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
Turkeys.

We’ve been so busy over the past two weeks, we’ve barely had time to get down to our allotment, but today we braved the cold but sunny weather to check out how our plants have been doing. Everything seems to be faring well, the only exception being the Mizuna which had finally started to wilt and die off following the recent cold weather, so we pulled it up and fed it to the pigs. Mizuna was one of our success stories of this autumn’s planting, so we’ll definitely grow that again next year. Steve didn’t really fancy putting in the other raised bed today (he claimed it was too cold!) so we just had a cup of tea in the warm allotment Club House by the woodburning stove, admired our plot and then had a quick look at the turkeys. They’ve got a couple more weeks to fatten up

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Growing Melons

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender November 16, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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The melon [ Cucumis melo ] is a member of the Cucurbit family along with squashes and cucumbers. It is unsure where melon's first originated from, but it is thought most likely from Asia or Africa, rather than the USA. It is thought that Columbus introduced melon's to America on his second expedition, carrying them as rations to ward off scurvy. Whatever their origins, melons are tender plants and need warm sunny conditions to thrive. Because of this, they are mostly grown undercover in the UK, though more cold tolerant varieties are being developed. The use of fleece or cloches can help to keep the plants warm in poor weather. Sowing. In April or May, sow the melon seeds on their sides 1/2 inch [ 1 cm ] deep in pots of moist seed or multi purpose compost. Place in a propagator o

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Free Vegetable Seeds – Free Seeds for Schools

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender August 22, 2010 Posted Tags: Comment 72 Comments

Update as of 25/01/2011 As it was so successful, thanks everyone, we have to close our Free seeds for schools campaign. We have given away thousands of packets of vegetable and flower seeds to primary and secondary schools all over the country. Please visit this page later on (end of summer) possibly for more free seeds! Thanks for the interest and have a successful growing season. We offer free vegetable seeds to schools; please send an email to support at seedparade.co.uk; please write seeds for schools in the subject line of the email;  letting us know the address of the school, we will be able to send the free seeds only to the school address! Depending on popularity we will try our best to help everyone, primary schools are our main priority. We will send a selection o

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Calendula officinalis – the forgotten herb and ornamental

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 19, 2010 Posted Tags: , , , Comment No Comments
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Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis), often called English or garden marigold is most probably native to southern Europe, although its long cultivation history can shade this statement. Commonly grown in every Mediterranean countries and here in the UK too, for centuries. Marigolds grown as hardy annual flower and can easily self sown so don’t be surprised to have the plants appear the next year. The leaves are oblong, 5-10 cm long, slightly waved or toothed and have tiny hairs. Cultivated as a flower in many garden, but can be a really useful herb. The seeds can be sown directly outdoors in May, or propagated in the greenhouse from April. The beautiful seedlings alone worth growing these wonderful plants. The leaves and the petals are edible and used widely in cosmetics, me

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Highly Scented Heirloom Sweet Pea Mixture: Parfumiere Mix

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender April 3, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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Our sweet peas are proving to be very popular. Especially the heirloom mix varieties like our best ever selling  highly scented heirloom mixture of sweet pea. This mixture of peas are specially selected for their perfumed blooms. You can enjoy them in your allotment, garden or even on your patio area. Yes indeed, it is possible to grow them near your house and the strong stems make a great cutting flower too. Most gardeners sow the sweet peas in March, unless you are a really serious sweet pea lover and sown them in the autumn, but the spring being so late it is not late to sow them at all this month. After a couple of weeks the seedlings should look like these above and by the beginning of May, you will be able to transplant the sweet pea seedlings outside to their final position. So

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Lathyrus latifolius Everlasting Sweet Pea

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 18, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments

L. latifolius is the well know perennial sweet pea. Native to Central an Southern Europe and can be found in Japan and in North America where it is an introduced flower. Once it was widely grown in many English garden. Despite its lack of scent it is getting more and more popular again among keen gardeners. The mixture of seeds available are produce white, pink and purple flowers, wich makes a stunning display and give a year after year enjoyment. The plant is a climber, so best to grow on trellis, on a south facing wall, or you can try to grow them in hanging basket for a cascading effect. Easily grown in any type of soil, but thrives in a well drained rich and warm soil. Prefers a sunny location, perhaps near to your patio where you can enjoy the beautiful flowers all summer long.

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Tomato Cherokee Purple Seeds

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 7, 2010 Posted Tags: Comment No Comments

Cherokee purple tomato was widely grown in South America by the Cherokee Indians. The colour of the fruits is deep purple, dark red with green neck. Exceptionally good taste, in fact considered by many the best tasting tomato ever. Well the Russian black prince tomato and the black krim tomato are up for that title too, you just have to grow them and see the results yourself. It is one of the most famous black/purple tomatoes. Well in coloration the black tomatoes really only purple, we can not expect a heirloom tomato to be black really. The fruits are quite large, rather beefsteak style, and the taste is really worth growing these lovely tomatoes. What is heirloom you might ask. Well heirloom has many definitions, and by experts it is considered that all the varieties which can be

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