Sometimes our feline pets (cats, rabbits, hamsters, etc) require grass as an addition to their diet and/or digestion. Sown like indoor cress, and growing almost as quickly, this will provide the greens they need. Sowing instructions: Sow 2cm deep and cover with soil. Keep moderately well watered.
Seeds origin: miruku's Garden Special features: Produce cotton Ideal for: Children Sun exposure: Full sun Height: 90cm Spread: 30cm Wonderful and fun plant to grow. This plant is quite a "movie"! The first flowers that appear are white, then they change to yellow-ish, then to a slight-pink. Once pollinated you'll witness the closed boll, which is green, and as it ripens it'll turn dark. Soon, the cotton itself will declare and pop, or puff(!), from the boll. A wonderful plant to watch through all it's stages! Sowing instruction: Soak seeds overnight before sowing in a good compost, 1" deep. Can be grown directly in the ground or in containers. Do not exclude light as this helps germination. Germination takes 7-14 days. Aftercare: Place under full sun and water the plant well. Need stake to support once boll is developed.
Ideal for children A premier variety in every way. The pure white flowers of Runner Bean White Lady are less prone to being picked by birds, so the resulting crop is much greater. Plus, Runner Bean White Lady sets better than any other when it comes to high temperatures. The long, mid green pods with white seeds hang in numerous clusters, and are both smooth and stringless. The result is a delicious vegetable which can be sliced or eaten whole with a garnish of butter. Sowing instructions: Sow at a depth of 5cm (2") and a distance of 30cm (12") apart. Plant runner beans in rows that are 1.5m (5’) apart, or where space is limited, grow beans onto a wigwam structure. Runner beans require support from garden canes, strings or netting which should be put in place at the time of planting. Growing instructions: Water runner beans regularly, particularly as the flowers develop, and provide a liquid feed every 14 days. Pinch out the tips of the beans when they reach the top of their supports. Pick the beans regularly and a little on the young side to ensure top quality and prolonged cropping. Culinary note: Suitable for freezing. Caution: Cook runner beans before eating to avoid discomfort.
This cordon variety produces blocky, firm, thick walled, shiny yellow fruits, each weighing up to 200g (7oz). The central core is easily removed making this one of the best beefsteak tomato varieties for stuffing and baking. Fruits of Tomato 'Yellow Stuffer' will keep up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator. An outstanding variety that is well suited to both indoor and outdoor cultivation. Height: 200cm (79"). Spread: 50cm (20").
Sow seeds on the surface of a good, free-draining, damp, seed sowing mix and cover with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Germination takes 7-14 days. When seedlings gain 2 true leaves, transplant into individual 7.5cm (3") pots of compost.
Choose a sheltered position in full sun on fertile, reliably moist, well drained soil, and transplant at a distance of 60cm (24") apart. Drive a (5') cane into the soil adjacent to each plant to support them as they grow, and tie each main stem to its support with soft garden twine.
Water tomato plants frequently, to keep the compost evenly moist. Feed tomatoes regularly with a high potash plant food once the first truss of fruit has formed. Companion planting: Try growing tomatoes with French marigolds to deter whitefly, and basil, chivesa or mint to deter aphids and other pests.
British breeding in round courgettes brings us this prolific new variety which produces attractive dark green fruits with pale green stripes. Harvest the fruits of Courgette 'Eclipse' when young for slicing raw into salads, stir-frying or skewering for the barbeque. Mature fruits are the perfect shape and size for stuffing and roasting. The vigorous, bushy plants will produce heavy yields with regular picking. Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 90cm (35").
Sow seed at a depth of 2cm (¾") in 7.5cm (3") pots of free-draining, seed sowing compost, at temperature of 20-25C. Germination usually takes 5-7 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination.
Water courgettes regularly - do not allow the soil to dry out as this will impair their development. Hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing. Courgettes appreciate an application of a high potash fertiliser every two weeks during the growing season.
Produce huge jet-black fruit up to 680g (1½lb). Just three plants will keep a family of four with aubergines for months. Stake plants and pick fruit regularly.
Sow seeds on the surface of a free draining, moist seed compost and cover with 6mm (0.25") layer of compost. Plant at a distance of 90cm (3') apart, in rows spaced 90-120cm (3-4') apart.
Stake aubergine plants as they increase in size and pinch out the main growing tip to encourage a bushy habit. Water regularly to prevent buds from dropping.
Once the first flowers have set, feed aubergines every 2 weeks with a high potash tomato feed. Restricting the crop to 5 or 6 per plant will produce the largest fruits. Harvest aubergines by cutting them close to the stem when the fruit appears fully coloured and shiny. Harvest regularly to promote further flowers and to extend the picking season.
Seeds origin: Australia Vegetable Crops in: 70-75 days Not just a novelty cucumber. The non bitter, tender skin of Cucumber Long White is very thin and means peeling is not necessary. The firm flesh Is sweet and juicy, with a pleasant tang. Cucumber Long White is a good cropper which will add colour to your salads. Sowing instructions: Germinate at 20-30C (68-86F) on the surface of a good free draining, damp seed compost. Aftercare: Train along wire, allowing the main shoot to reach the tip. Pinch out growing point and allow two shoots to trail downwards. Keep moist but not wet. Apply shading as required and provide a humid atmosphere by regularly spraying or damping down pathways. Regular picking will encourage further fruiting.
Crisp, crunchy, mild and sweet. Radish French Breakfast 3 is ideal for decoration - make small uneven cuts around the outside of the radish, place in iced water and it will open up into floral shapes.
Radishes grow well in most soils, but prefer rich, moist free draining soils. Sow seeds very thinly 1cm (½in) deep in drills 15cm (6in) apart.
Thin out the seedlings to 3-5cm apart.
Water during dry spells. As radishes grow so fast and use less of the soil's goodness, use them totally as a catch crop with other slower maturing produce. Harvest as soon as the roots reach reasonable size, if left too long they will become hot and woody.
Radishes are rich in Vitamin C and potassium and contain sulphur compounds.
Pick fresh, tasty peas early in the season with this quality, British bred variety. Enjoy trouble-free, bumper crops of Pea Twinkle thanks to its impressive Pea Wilt resistance and Downy Mildew tolerance. Perfect for successional sowing to give longer cropping period. Plants of Pea Twinkle are self-supporting when grown in blocks. Height: 45-55cm (18-22in).
Sow seeds in flat-bottomed drills 5cm (2 inches) apart, 5cm (2 inches) deep and in blocks or rows, 45cm (18 inches) apart.
The peas will be ready to harvest around 12-13 weeks from sowing, and regular picking will encourage further cropping. Plants are self supporting when sown in blocks.
Prefers well-drained, moist, rich conditions.
Try out 'Continental Peas' with fried mushrooms, onions and a drop of sherry!
Crops in: Peas are ready to pick around 14 weeks from sowing date
Ideal for: Children
Superb harvests of peas from Pea Jaguar which are abundant with paired pods for extra crops, and with pods averaging 6-7 dark green, tasty peas. An excellent form. Pea Jaguar is quick to harvest and is ideal for successional sowings. Height: 65-70cm (26-28in).
Sow seeds in flat-bottomed drills 5cm (2in) apart, 5cm (2in) deep and in rows 80cm (30in) apart.
When plants are 10cm (4in) tall provide twiggy sticks for support.
Water when in flower will improve the cropping. Regular picking will encourage further cropping.
Seeds origin: UK Vegetable Ideal for: Children A British bred maincrop, Pea Oasis produces a huge yield of double pods per node, averaging 8 to 9 succulent, dark green peas per pod. Resistant to pea wilt, Pea Oasis also has good downy mildew resistance. Height: 60-70cm (24-28in). Sowing instructions: Sow seeds 5cm (2in) deep in flat bottomed drills spacing seeds about 2.5-5cm (1-2in) apart, in rows about 75cm (30in) apart. Growing instructions: When plants are 10cm (4in) tall provide twiggy sticks for support, or netting.
Seeds origin: UK
Vegetable Snowstorm produces a good crop of stringless beans which are slightly thicker, slightly sweeter and more tender than other varieties. Sowing instructions: Direct sow runner beans outdoors at a depth of 5cm (2") and a distance of 30cm (12") apart. Plant runner beans in rows that are 1.5m (5’) apart, or where space is limited, grow beans onto a wigwam structure. Runner beans require support from garden canes, strings or netting which should be put in place at the time of planting. Aftercare: Water runner beans regularly, particularly as the flowers develop, and provide a liquid feed every 14 days. Pinch out the tips of the beans when they reach the top of their supports. Pick the beans regularly and a little on the young side to ensure top quality and prolonged cropping.
This compact plant produces pale cream-yellow pods containing 6 or 7 large white ‘cannelloni beans’, essential for a range of specific dishes.
Plant seed in rows 50cm apart with seed stations every 25cm in the rows. Using a dibber place 3 to 4 seeds at each station 3 to 5cm deep. Cover seeds with soil and firm.
Water regularly after sowing and throughout the cropping period. No staking is required. Support for the plants can be achieved by pulling soil from between the rows towards the base of the plants.
Continually pick the beans before they become too large and coarse. Interplanting between rows of quick maturing vegetables such as radish or lettuce may be carried out or mulching between the rows with straw to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
This herb is native to Syria. It can be found in the Mediterranean region, Asian Minor, Europe, North Africa, and South America. It is excellent for depression, cough, itch, ring-worms, scabs, sores as well as ulcers. Results of researches done have shown that the seed oil is helpful in reducing joint inflammation and other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It is also used as mild sedative. This medicinal herb is widely used for premensturcla syndrome. It can also be used as a rinse for ulcer in the mouth as well as the throat, and also to loosen phlegm. It is effective for fever, bronchial tract, mouth and throat infections. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and aids in promoting healthy skin growth.
This herb is relatively pest and disease free and require little more than a well-drained sunny site, lots of room, and moderately fertile soil to thrive. Slightly acidic to neutral PH. Adding organic matter to the soil regularly will help provide consistent nutrients. Avoid nitrogen-rich fertilizers.
Some herbs could react with certain medication. Therefore, it is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption of any herb.
Seeds origin: miruku's Garden Germination: Easy Aftercare: Easy Ideal for: Borders, containers Height: 3-4 feet Possibly the most free-flowering cosmos of this type. Plants are covered with flowers in a delightful mixture of gold, lemon and orange. Spectacular when planted towards the front of annual borders or in containers. Sowing instructions: Sow seeds 2 cm deep in a good, free-draining, damp, seed compost. Place at a temperature of 25-30. Germination usually takes 7-14 days. Growing instructions: Full sun. Deadhead for continuous blooming.
Seeds origin: UK Superior in both taste and texture, Sweetcorn Xtra Sweet F1 is quicker to germinate and has better vigour than other varieties. Produces 2-3, 18cm (7½in) cobs per plant, each with 16-18 rows of bright yellow tender sweet kernels. Flavour guide: rich and sugar-sweet. Sweetcorn Xtra Sweet F1 has long lasting flavour and is easy to grow. Sowing instructions: Germinate at 20-30C (68-86F) on the surface of a good free draining, damp seed compost in 7.5cm (3in) pots. Cover seeds with a layer of compost 1cm (½in) deep. Germination takes 6-10 days. Growing instructions: Plant out 45cm (18in) apart in blocks to aid pollination. Once the cobs start to form, water regularly. Cobs are ripe when the liquid of the grains is thin and creamy. Aftercare: Requires a fertile soil in a sunny position.
Seeds origin: France Fruit. Physalis Edulis. This spindly bush can grow up to two meters tall in the right conditions and can be the same in width. Produces lots of yellow star-shaped flowers which then turn into small soft green lanterns, where the orange coloured fruit grows inside. Cherry tomato in size and a very unusual sweet taste. Kind of like Marmite you will either love it or hate it. Sowing instructions: Sow seeds on the surface of a good free draining, damp seed compost and cover with a fine sprinkling of compost. Germinate at 20-25C, which usually takes up to 3 weeks. Growing instructions: Plant out when 20cm (8in) high, allowing 2 plants per growbag or one plant per 30cm (12in) pot. Feed regularly with a high potash tomato food once first flowers are setting. Stake plants if necessary. Kitchen notes: Eat only ripe fruits.
A dual purpose Italian variety with a pungent flavour. Spring Onion Lilia is best grown as a salad onion with nice, dark green leaves and a shiny, intense red inner core. Onion Lilia can also be grown as a maincrop, storing bulb onion. When fully mature it shows off its defined red and white inner rings.
Spring onions will grow in any good fertile soil provided it is well drained. Sow thinly 6mm (¼in) deep in drills 15cm (6in) apart. No thinning is required. Harvesting can usually start 6-8 weeks after sowing.
Will grow in any fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Keep well watered.
Seeds origin: France Herb Tasting like a mixture of mint and cloves it compliments courgettes and is legendary in tomato and pasta dishes. Use Basil Sweet Green fresh or dried in salads, casseroles and vinegars. Insect repellent and companion plant for tomatoes. Companion Plant: Reputed to improve the growth and flavour of tomatoes, and keep most insects and bugs off most of your vegetables. Diluted crushed leaves make an effective organic insecticide. Sowing instructions: Sow seeds 1.5mm (1/16in) deep in good seed compost. Germination usually takes 14-21 days at 21-24C (70-75F). Growing instructions: Transplant when large enough to handle into 8cm (3in) pots. Later harden off and plant out 38cm (15in) apart into ordinary well drained soil in full sun. Kitchen notes: Cooking: Warm spicy taste ideal for Provencal recipes. Use in salads, soups and stews, on liver, lamb, eggs and lobster. Nature's Remedy: Often recommended to combat nervous tension or depression, as a headache cure, and also as a tonic and aid to digestion. Steep 1 teaspoonful of dried herb in ½ a cup of water. Take up to 1-1½ cups a day, a little at a time. Sweeten with honey if taken for a cough.