Mr VegHead says...

Vegetable musings from Sea Spring Seeds
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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12
Jan

Winter Squashes

As an inexperienced gardener years ago, I used to have problems sorting out the squashes. They were just a jumble of different types and varieties, and what I grew was often the result of a random selection from whatever seed catalogue was handy. After more than 40 years of growing
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17
Dec

Pepper Pot-Pourri: Ancho/Poblano chillies

The Pepper Pot-Pourri will be a regular feature of ‘Mr VegHead Says’. Its purpose is to describe the different types of peppers, helping gardeners and cooks to choose those which best suit their needs. With thousands of peppers in existence, it can be a daunting task to source the most
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24
Nov

What is bolting?

Early bolting is a serious affliction in vegetables grown for their leaf production. At Sea Spring Seeds, we are serious about bolting. And so we should be since bolting is an irreversible change that brings the productive lives of both root and leafy vegetables to a sudden and unceremonious end.
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25
Feb

Vegetable variety trials for 2012

March is almost here, and I am just finishing the plans for the 2012 trials. There are still some gaps in our catalogue, and to offer a comprehensive range of vegetables, we are going to make a big push this growing season and grow out a ginormous number of new
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10
Feb

Bangladeshi vegetables

British Bangladeshis have a virtual monopoly on the Indian restaurant trade, and as such, are one of the most dispersed ethnic groups in the UK. And because of the central role they play in food catering, it can be said that  seldom has such a relatively small group of people
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