Seeds

SEEDS, TUBERS AND SETS

admin / December 15, 2017

Seeds, tubers and sets are the basic growing blocks for most vegetables, though some vegetables can also be grown from cuttings and offsets. This section deals with the various stages of choosing the right variety of seeds for your location, sowing the seed in the correct conditions to achieve germination, and growing-on the seedlings. It finishes with tables giving my suggestions…

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MAJOR SEEDS, SETS, TUBERS AND PLANT SUPPLIERS

admin / November 17, 2017

Remember to regularly use these links to the sites, especially at holiday periods, to check for their Special Offers. SPECIALIST SEEDS, SETS, TUBERS, PLANTS AND SOFTWARE SUPPLIERS. A large selection of potatoes,including heritage varieties and varieties exclusive to JBA, are available. Planter potato bags, a guide to potatoes, hessian storage sacks and sundries are available. View their videos on growing potatoes.…

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PLANTING OF TUBERS, SETS and CLOVES

admin / November 17, 2017

Vegetables can be propagated from tubers, sets and cloves as well as from seeds. The tubers, sets and cloves are larger stores of food for the new vegetables to make a flying start growing for the new season. This is a vegetative reproduction process which means that the new plants will be exactly the same as the original plant that produced…

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SAVING YOUR OWN SEEDS

admin / November 17, 2017

Saving your own seeds, is only recommended for unusual or rare open pollinated varieties. A surprisingly large number of older varieties of vegetables are becoming difficult to source, as it costs the Seed Companies large sums to keep them registered with the EU. Generally, if you shop around, you can buy the common varieties of seeds, quite cheaply. Never save seeds…

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SOWING DIRECTLY OUTSIDE

admin / November 17, 2017

Sowing your seeds directly into the ground is the easiest way to do it, provided the temperature, dampness and condition of the soil are suitable for the variety of seeds to be sown. Do not get caught out in late March when a well known cold spell frequently occurs with sleet, snow and cold winds. There are many ancient folklore…

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GROWING-ON and PLANTING OUT OF SEEDLINGS

admin / November 17, 2017

The tender young seedlings can be moved to an unheated greenhouse or a cold frame once the danger of severe frost is over, say mid-April. The increased light levels and cooler temperatures will give stronger, less “sappy” growth.  Extra protection with bubble wrap is a good idea. Potting-on of the seedlings may be necessary if you have sown your seeds all together in the…

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SOWING AND GERMINATING YOUR SEEDS INDOORS

admin / November 17, 2017

When sowing in heat is recommended, a simple window sill propagator in a sunny window should be adequate. The seedlings will need as much light as possible to prevent them growing too leggy. If you are using a heated propagator, then you should reduce the heat and grow them on at room temperature, once the seeds have germinated and also…

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CHOOSING SEEDS, TUBERS AND SETS

admin / November 17, 2017

Planning which seed varieties to grow, starts by checking your existing stock of seeds. Even though the packets may have been opened, provided they have been stored in cool, dry conditions, most seeds should be good for another season. More than that, you are chancing your arm!  However, parsnip seed is best fresh each year. Deciding which new varieties of vegetables to…

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