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Vegetable musings from Sea Spring Seeds
19
Jan

Growing Lemon Grass

Every year, without fail, Sea Spring Seeds gets a few requests for lemon grass seed. Though seed is sold by other companies, we do not, and probably never will, sell it in our catalogue.     Lemon Grass: two types The reason is simple – lemon grass comes in two
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10
Jan

Tomato growth habit

In the last posting, I reviewed some of the characteristics that should be considered when selecting tomato varieties. Continuing in that vein, up next is plant growth habit. Tomato growth habit refers to the height and spread a plant reaches while it’s growing. It is a defining trait of tomatoes
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24
Dec

Tomatoes: hybrids, OPs and heirlooms

Originating in South America, tomatoes have spread from their ancestral home to become one of the most popular vegetables in the world. They are delicious and versatile enough to have wrangled their way into everyday life ­– just think of pizza, a full English breakfast, and a BLT sandwich. The
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12
Dec

Getting seed germination right

Getting the right start Seeds are living organisms that produce the next generation of plants. They are the starting point of gardening, and given the right conditions, good quality seeds germinate into seedlings that become healthy and health-giving vegetables. The germination process A seed contains both an embryonic plant and
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6
May

Growing Pea Shoots

In 2013 we added pea shoots to our Sea Spring Seeds catalogue. Because seed are inexpensive, and the crop is both bountiful and easy to grow, we feel that every gardener should give them a try. We’ve been growing pea shoots on and off for about a year and have
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12
Mar

Lettuce are one of my desert island vegetables

If I had to make a list of desert island vegetables, lettuces would certainly be included. Not only are they the backbone of mixed salads, but they also add the crunch that is an essential part of any successful sandwich. A culinary world – let alone a desert island –
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8
Feb

Choosing lettuce varieties

Growing outdoor lettuces Lettuces are a year-round salad crop that are well-suited to British gardens. They are valued mainly for their leaves (though varieties grown for their stems are apparently popular in China) and do best in a moist but well-drained soil that is fertile and slightly acidic to slightly
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26
Jan

Choosing a chilli variety

Chillies are a New World crop grown mainly for their hot edible fruit. They are related to sweet peppers and, botanically, include the five domesticated species of the genus Capsicum:  Capsicum annuum. The most common of the domesticated species; includes sweet peppers and a majority of the garden-grown chillies. C.
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19
Jan

Summer Squashes

  Taking a reductivist point of view, summer squashes are limited to edible varieties of Cucurbita pepo. The fruit are harvested young and tender, before the seeds grow hard and the skin becomes tough, and the entire fruit – skin, flesh and centre pulp – is eaten. Though they are
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