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Vegetable musings from Sea Spring Seeds
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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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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8
Mar

The shapes and sizes of tomato fruit

. . All in the fruit Along with fruit colour and plant growth habit, the shape and size of tomato fruit are defining features that distinguish one variety from another. Shape depends on the appearance of the fruit from their side, in a silhouette fashion, and assigning a specific shape
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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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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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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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