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Seed Swap - Herefordshire

Beans

Saving beans.   This year has been a bad year for saving (French) beans for drying. I like to grow climbing beans as they produce a lot more than dwarf varieties for the same area of ground. This year they didn’t all ripen. My most successful was a bean from Georgia which produces quite long […]

Last year’s squash

Squash   Last season I sent for squash seeds (Sweet Meat – Oregon Homestead) from Carol Deppe, the author of “The Resilient Gardener”. Unfortunately the seeds arrived in early May, which was a bit late, as she was overwhelmed with demand, and was trying to reply to all the personal letters she received. I decided […]

Good companions

GOOD COMPANIONS: BEANS – Beetroot, cabbages, carrots, sweetcorn; BRASSICAS – Nasturtiums, beans, beetroots, onions, potatoes; CARROT – Onions, chives, sage; CHIVES – Carrots, apples; GARLIC – Tomatoes; LETTUCE – Chervil, coriander, beetroots, carrots, peas; LEEKS – Celery, onions, carrots; MINT – Cabbages; ONIONS – Tomatoes, lettuce, strawberries; PARSLEY – Carrots, tomatoes, asparagus; PEAS – Turnips, […]

Saving seed for beginners

If you are starting out and want to be sure of success then some seed is definitely easier to start with – super simple are the bean family, squash and tomato; or if you want to try ornamentals – pot marigolds, nasturtiums, and hollyhocks. If you are an experienced seed saver let us know what has worked best for […]

What is your favourite first early potato variety?

What is your favourite first early variety? We love Charlotte, Desiree, Maris piper but we can’t settle on a first early that we really like. Bob Flowerdew says go for Rocket, which we tried and didn’t think it was great. This year the seed swap group will be testing first early varieties to find the […]

Seed swaps

Seed Swap Hereford 2011 Happy memories… 2011 swap was bigger than ever! Thanks to all of you who came and so generously gave seeds, plants, advice and put money in our pot. And thanks also for the feedback and saying how much you were enjoying the event! We swapped seeds, met old friends and made […]

Grow grapes for wine

Four years ago we planted 40 white grape vines on a south facing piece of our garden. They don’t take up a large area, about 15 m x 5 m. We should have had our first harvest last year but, to our dismay, the blackbirds ate them all over a weekend when we weren’t at home. We’re […]

Pumpkins are not just for carving

Pumpkin Pie Recipe Ingredients 1 small pumpkin (to make 15 oz / 425g of puree 9 inch/23 cm sweet pastry case 2 eggs + 1 yolk 4oz/ 75g soft dark brown sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ level tsp freshly grated nutmeg ½ tsp ground allspice ¼  tsp ground cloves ½ tsp ground ginger 10 […]

potatoes

let a leek go to seed

this is how to get seeds from a leek – it will go on for years producing new plants in the same patch