My new season’s seeds arrived today – from the Real Seed Catalogue. This is a small business that grows veg to produce seed and so keep good stock for gardeners going strong. They have a limited number of varieties but a huge range of unusual ones. All are tested under regular growing conditions for enthusiasts who want to eat them, not as a commercial crop. They also encourage you to save your own seed – and give instructions!
This year’s seeds are:
- White beetroot
- Long Lisse de Meaux Carrot (to complement the Jaune du Doubs I got last year)
- Mantovano Florence Fennel (still in search of a fennel I can get to bulb up)
- Azur blue Kohl Rabi
- Tender & True Parsnip (never tried parsnip before since Fred & George didnt eat them)
- Atika root parsley (something new!)
- Minutina Buckshorn Plantain (a complete guess but I reckon it’ll be nice in salad and the boys should like it)
- Belleville Sorrel (another experiment)
- Amish Paste plum-type tomato
- Champion of England Tall Climbing Pea (grows to 10 foot high!)
- Double standard sweetcorn ( a bicolor variety reputed to stand variable temperature better than the one I tried last year)
If any of my friends would like a sample of seed (as in most cases there is too much for me), let me know which!