Mr VegHead says...

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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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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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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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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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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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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3
Feb

Chilli Seed Provenance

Chilli Seed Provenance My friend, young Chris, gave me some chilli seeds in the beginning months of 2011. He said that they came from one of his friends, though I am not sure where the friend bought them. In all, Chris sent me three envelopes, one of which was marked
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