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I am just getting the last of the veg seed in now and should have everything ready in a couple of weeks (please see blog posts for more info on the delay or watch the video below ) If your ordering now Mid May is the earliest can do at the moment sorry due to circumstances beyond my control I am running way behind with the veg Items I can get out quicker are as follows Tomatoes, Herbs, Asparagus, Welsh Onions, ready soon will be Aubergines, Peppers, Courgettes and Cucumbers everything else will be ready shortly

Despite the currant warm weather the ground still won’t be sufficiently warm enough in some places and in many is still too wet to plant, Just because its warm and sunny don’t be in too much of a rush if your ground conditions are not right !!

The Veg sowing is well under way and I will continue sowing as seed arrives Ive had to play catch up a bit as the veg was contracted out last year to allow me to develop the Tomato side of the business But my growers are not renewing the contract for this year and I have therefore bought the growing back in house But this wasnt budgeted or planned for so ive had to do a lot of restructuring to accomodate it. I have three more large seed orders to place and hope to have them placed by the end of the week and with warmer weather due from next week things should soon catch up
 
A lot of gardens still aren’t ready for planting into yet, so I don’t think it’s too much of an issue at the moment But I want to keep you informed and up to date

Please note we are currently running behind due to the weather and a few other factors.

Most veg orders will not be going out until the second half of April at the earliest I may be able to send things like single orders for Asparagus and certain Herbs shortly as we have them ready and I may buy in some stock to get some mixed veg packs done But if you have ordered single items they are going to be a few weeks But the ground is still to wet and cold to plant out into anyway.

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With Spring Just arround the corner we can now start sowing for bumper Summer harvests of tasty veg, If your not confident in sowing from seed then its worth looking at Buying in young plants from suppliers like us who have done the hard part for you and got the plants to healthy size with a good root sytem ready to plant straight out in your garden or allotment or pots wherever you choose to grow yours and get off to the best possible start.

This odd brassica looks like a sputnik but don’t let this put you off. It has a delicious smell and nutty flavour. More drought resistant than most brassicas, it succeeds where swedes and turnips fail. Green varieties are sown from mid spring to mid-summer for summer crops; hardier purple varieties are sown from mid-summer for autumn and winter crops.

Sow

Create a firm seed bed in any reasonably light, fertile, free draining soil. Sow seeds, 1cm (½in) deep in rows 30cm (12in) apart from late February (under cloches or fleece) to early March, continuing until mid-August in warmer areas.

Sow a little and often, say every three weeks, for a constant supply.

In cooler areas and where soil is heavy clay, early crops can be sown in modules, hardened off and transplanted when the soil warms up, when they are a maximum of 5cm (2in) high.

Grow

Thin out seedlings when they are 2.5cm (1in) tall or the first true leaves appear, leaving a final spacing of 15cm (6in) apart.

Keep the soil constantly moist and weed free, watering before the onset of drought.

Net or fleece young plants, to protect against birds and cabbage root fly.

Common problems

Cabbage root fly

Cabbage root fly: White larvae approximately 5cm (2in) long, feed on the roots just below the soil surface, stunting growth and causing plants to wilt and die.

Remedy: Grow under insect-proof mesh or horticultural fleece. Seedlings are most vulnerable.

More info on Cabbage root fly

Flea beetle

Flea beetle: Leaves are covered in small holes and damaged areas turn brown. Seedlings are particularly susceptible.

Remedy: Grow plants under horticultural fleece and keep the soil moist. Water in nitrogen-rich fertilser to help the crop outgrow the pest.

More info on Flea beetle

Club root

Club root: Roots become swollen and distorted, and leaves become pale and yellow and wilt easily. Plants may die.

Remedy: Improve drainage and add lime to make soil more alkaline. Do not grow in affected soil.

More info on Club root

Harvesting

It’s important to harvest when the plants are young and the swollen stem bases are between golf- and tennis ball-size. If you leave them too long they lose their taste and tenderness.

Plants can be harvested until mid-December, and the leaves can also be eaten.

Source RHS

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Order one of our big Mixed veg packs and get a 10 herb Pack and 6 Heritage Tomato Pack Free worth £34.20

Offer only applies to the 100 and 200 mixed veg packs and 100 and 200 two season mixed veg packs

Just enter spring in the notes about your order box at checkout

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If you love Tomatoes then you may want to check out my Tomato website https://tomato-plants-direct.co.uk/

Where you will find over 700 varieties of Tomatoes in just about every size, shape and colour that you can get in Tomatoes as well as Tomatoes we also have on the Tomato website

51 varieties of Aubergines, 33 varieties of Courgettes,  35 Varieties of Cucumber,  86 varieties of Chillies,  62 varieties of Sweet Peppers and a few Basils too

A roast dinner isn’t complete without roast parsnips – and they add a whole new dimension to stews and casseroles too. The good news is parsnips are easy to grow, need little maintenance and can be left in the garden until you’re ready to use them. Sow in spring and you’ll have parsnips in the autumn.

Sow thinly or sow three seeds at 15cm (6in) intervals, 13mm (0.5in) deep in rows 30cm (12in) apart.

Although it is sometimes recommended to start sowing in February, this can lead to failure. Sowings made in March and April, and even early May, will often do much better. Warm the soil before sowing with cloches or similar; leave these in place until the seedlings have developed two true leaves.

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Parsnips enjoy an open, sunny site and are easiest on a deep, light soil. When the seedlings are about 2.5cm (1in) high thin out leaving one seedling 15cm (6in) apart.

Keep the soil weed free, hand weeding close to the roots to avoid damage. Keep the soil evenly moist to avoid roots splitting.

Parsnip canker: This orange, brown or purple-coloured rot usually starts at the top of the root. It is mostly caused by drought, over-rich soil or damage to the crown.

Remedy: Sow resistant cultivars such as ‘Avonresister’ and ‘Archer’, improve drainage and avoid damaging the roots. Avoid sowing seeds too early in the year. Protect from carrot fly.

Carrot fly: Carrot fly is a small black-bodied fly whose larvae feed on the roots of carrots. The larvae tunnel into the developing carrots causing them to rot.

Remedy: Once you have an attack of carrot fly, there is nothing you can do to get rid of this pest. Prevention is the best cure, and you should sow thinly and avoid crushing the foliage as you thin out seedlings or hand weed. You can surround your carrots with 60cm (2ft) high barriers made of clear polythene which will exclude the low-flying female flies, or cover the plants with horticultural fleece, such as Enviromesh.

Harvesting

The roots are ready to lift when the foliage starts to die down in late summer or autumn; use a fork to carefully lift them. They can be left in the soil and lifted as required, although lifting a few extra in November will ensure you still have parsnips to eat even if the soil is frozen. Lightly frosted roots tend to produce the best flavour.

Source RHS


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