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Vegetable musings from Sea Spring Seeds
23
Nov

Vegetables and the ‘basic tastes’

At first glance, the act of eating is a very simple process: put food in your mouth, chew it into small bits, and then swallow so that the mouthful passes down into your stomach. There must be, however, more to eating than this. Otherwise, how can we account for the
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8
Nov

A Splash of colour in vegetables

Though I usually choose the fruit and vegetable varieties I grow for their yield and flavour, colour is gradually becoming a more important consideration. This shift in attitude is due in part to aesthetics as I start to appreciate the role that colour plays in the enjoyment of food. It
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1
Jan

Tooling Up for the New Year

With the new year upon us now is the time to make a resolution and buy some equipment that will make your vegetable growing easier. And by equipment I don’t mean spades, rakes and hoes – too boring. Instead, I’m referring to kit that comes from thinking outside of the
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12
Dec

Growing cucumbers outdoors

    Outdoor cucumber trial at Sea Spring Seeds For years, I’ve been on a quest to find outdoor cucumbers that are productive and produce tasty fruit that are good for eating fresh, both out-of-hand and in salads. Sea Spring Seeds  currently only sells one outdoor cucumber. This is  Marketmore
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29
Nov

Growing legumes, Rhizobia and Nitrogen Fixation

Something for nothing Of all the vegetables growing in my garden, an increasing amount of space is being taken over by legumes. They provide a year-round feast that ranges from the delicate sweetness of spring and early summer peas to the earthy-flavoured French beans of mid-summer and autumn, followed by
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13
Nov

What about cucamelon?

  What about cucamelon? There are some vegetables that set low standards for themselves, and cucamelon is certainly one of them. This strange, New World immigrant is grown for its fruit and goes under different names: mouse melon, Mexican gherkin and, if you’re a botanist, Melothria scabra. It seems to
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14
Oct

Using polytunnels and greenhouses

Polytunnels and greenhouses are large, walk-in structures that extend the harvest period of vegetables. They trap the warmth and are ideal for growing heat-loving vegetables in the summer and cold-tolerant ones over the winter. Given their protective nature and potential for boosting yields virtually all year long, owning one will
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21
Sep

Winter Content

Regrettably, the surfeit of summer vegetables generously supplied by our gardens has almost come to an end. We will soon be shifting into winter mode, and the more ambitious and energetic among us have probably frozen and bottled some of the summer produce to see us through the year. Though
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