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LEEKS

Soil & Site: Aim for soil which is well-worked and reasonable. It must, however, be improved with nutrients and humus, so incorporate generous amounts of compost to your soil. The site must be sunny for leeks to do well.
Spacing: Allow 30cm (12ins) between plants and 15cm (6ins) between rows. Use a dibber to make a 15cm (6ins) hole and drop the young transplanted leek plant into the hole and gently fill the hole with water to help settle the roots in. You do not need to fill with soil.
Special tip: You will need to blanch the developing stems by drawing up soil around the stems. This is a gradual process doing it in stages to increase the soil level a little at a time. Feeding the crop is essential - it will increase the thickness of the stems. Liquid feed regularly until the end of August, when you should stop.

LEEK, MUSSELBOROUGH. Go to Top of Page

This proven performer crops through the winter. It is very hardy and produces good sized, well flavoured leeks.



LETTUCES

Soil & Site: Soil for lettuce must be reasonably well-prepared with adequate organic matter added to maintain moisture. Additional moisture is essential throughout the life of the crop. A sunny, open site is essential.
Spacing: The spacing does depend on the variety grown but as a rule of thumb, allow 15cm (6ins) between cut and come again varieties such as Salad Bowl and 23cm (9ins) between standard varieties such as Little Gem. Often the thinning in the row can be used in the kitchen.
Special tips: Apart from cell-grown plants, lettuces do hate to be moved and transplanted, so if you need to move plants, make sure you do not bury the lower leaves. Where possible, always water in the morning or midday - watering in the late of the evening will increase the risk of disease. Watch out for slugs, snails and greenfly - make sure you keep the plants free of these otherwise they can render your well-grown crop useless.
LETTUCE, COS. Go to Top of Page

A solid, tightly folded head produces very tasty and flavoursome crisp leaves.

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LETTUCE, CUT & COME AGAIN. Go to Top of Page

Pick green leaves and wait for re-growths to mature to ensure cropping succession.

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LETTUCE, LITTLE GEM. Go to Top of Page

Compact, small, semi-cos type with tight well-flavoured hearts.

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LETTUCE, LOLLO ROSSO RHS AGM. Go to Top of Page

Non-hearty type, red tinged leaves with waved & serrated edges. Treat as a 'cut and come again' vegetable for best results.

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LETTUCE, MIXED SELECTION. Go to Top of Page

A good selection of different varieties of lettuce which will mature at different times giving a crop over a long period.

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LETTUCE, OAK LEAF. Go to Top of Page

Oak Leaf Lettuce is a butter lettuce with very attractive serrated, deep-green tinged red leaves, resembling an oak leaf.

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LETTUCE, SALADIN - ICEBERG. Go to Top of Page

Crisp head variety, large green heads with large dark green solid hearts with crisp, tasty leaves. Highly recommended with good holding qualities in the soil.

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MARROWS

Soil & Site: The soil must be well drained, rich in compost and/or well-rotted manure. A sunny, warm spot is essential - must be away from cold winds.
Spacing: Allow 24 ins (60cm) between plants.
Special tips: Water copiously around the plant, not over them. As soon as the fruits start to swell commence high potassium feeding every 14 days to encourage the fruits to swell.

MARROW, EL GRECO F1 HYBRID. Go to Top of Page

Striped green bush type which is considerably earlier in cropping than traditional varieties. It has the added bonus of carrying better resistance to cucumber mosaic virus. Can be harvested small as a courgette or larger as a marrow.

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MARROW, TIGER CROSS. Go to Top of Page

An excellent new F1 variety producing heavy crops of uniform striped green marrows. Fruits can be cut at 4 to 6 inches (10-15cm) and cooked as tasty courgettes or left to mature to marrows. These can be cooked fresh or stored into the winter. Good resistance to cucumber mosaic virus.

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MELON, SWEETHEART F1 HYBRID. Go to Top of Page

Medium-sized fruits producing sweet orange flesh with a delicious flavour. Suitable for cold frame, polyhouse and glasshouse growing.

Soil & Site: You can grow melons in well-improved soil in cold frames and polyhouses, or in pots or cropping bags (no more than two plants) under glass. A sunny location is essential for warmth in growing and ripening of the fruit. Special tips: In the greenhouse, train up wires/canes and then develop lateral shoots, which carry the flower (and fruit) horizontally. You will need to support the developing fruit in a net and allow no more than six fruits per plant. Hand pollination is essential for fruit development. Regular high potassium feeding should begin as soon as the fruits are the size of a golf ball. Harvest melons when only fully ripe.

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ONIONS

Soil & Site: Prior to planting, work in plenty of organic material (well-rotted manure or garden compost) into the soil. Liming your soil will be necessary if the soil is acid.
Spacing: Depends on what types of onions you are growing. Spring (salad) onions can be planted in rows 10cm (4ins) apart. If you intend to grow larger onions, allow 10cm (4ins) between the plants and 30cm (12 ins) between rows.
Special tip: Keep the hoe going around the crop - any competition for moisture will seriously affect yield. Moisture applied in dry weather to help swell the roots.

ONION, BULB STURON RHS AGM. Go to Top of Page

Slightly flat semi-rounded main crop bulbs with good keeping qualitites. A traditional and reliable favourite variety.

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ONION, RED BARRON. Go to Top of Page

Very attractive dark red skinned variety with firm pink and white well flavoured flesh. Excellent cropper which can be used fresh or will store well. Mid to late maturing.

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PEAS


Soil and site - Peas prefer cooler temperatures so thrive in cooler summers. They should be grown in an open, but sheltered position on deep, free draining but moisture retentive soil. When pods are forming the plants will need 4 gallons (22 litres) of water per square yard (square metre) every week until the harvest is complete.
PEA, MANGE TOUT ORAGON SUGAR POD. Go to Top of Page

A superb Sugar Pea with an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. It produces long, slightly curved, fleshy, sweet pods. Gather and cook whole when young. Crops over a long period. Will need some support as it grows to about 90cm (36ins) in height.

PEA, MANGE TOUT ORAGON SUGAR POD

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PEA, PETIT POIS. Go to Top of Page

Very heavy cropping pea producing masses of curved pods in pairs containing tiny, very sweet peas. Excellent for cooking, eating raw , in salads or for freezing. No need for staking as they only reach about 1 to 1½ft (30 - 45 cm).
Soil or site - as Mange Tout

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PEA, SUGAR SNAP. Go to Top of Page

Like Mange Tout one eats the delicious, sweet and succulent young pods and peas, but the peas plump up more than Mange Tout. When mature one can still eat both pods and peas as long as the 'strings' are removed. An added advantage of this variety is that the young shoots and leaves make a delicious salad vegetable. They are so good that it is worth growing some especially for this 'cut and come again' salad. This variety will need staking as it grows to about 1.3 m (4ft).
Soil or site - as Mange Tout

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PEPPERS

Soil & Site: Well-drained soil is essential. Work some organic material into it prior to planting. If grown in pots, multi-purpose compost is ideal, or set two plants to a cropping bag.
Spacing: Allow 18 ins (45cm) between plants in rows.
Special tips: Mist spray plants with water to keep down the dreaded red spider mite which can affect plants. Water the plants regularly but avoid sodden conditions around the root. Commence liquid feeding with a high potassium fertiliser once the fruits have begun to swell. Fruits can be picked once they are green, swollen and glossy. Remember a mature green pepper takes around three weeks to turn red under glass.

PEPPER, BELL BOY GREEN F1 HYBRID. Go to Top of Page

A reliable and highly productive greenhouse and patio variety which produces good-sized green fruit.

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PEPPER, BELL BOY RED F1 HYBRID. Go to Top of Page

A highly productive variety of pepper with produces glossy green fruit which changes colour to bright red when ripe.

Soil & Site: Well-drained soil is essential. Work some organic material into it prior to planting. If grown in pots, multi-purpose compost is ideal, or set two plants to a cropping bag.

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PUMPKINS

Soil & Site: The soil must be well drained, rich in compost and/or well-rotted manure. A sunny, warm spot is essential - must be away from cold winds.
Spacing: Allow 36 ins (90cm) between plants.
Special tips: Water copiously around the plant, not over them. As soon as the fruits start to swell commence high potassium feeding every 14 days to assist the developing fruit.

PUMPKIN, JACK OF ALL TRADES F1 HYBRID. Go to Top of Page

Perfect for Halloween, good culinary qualities and the right size fruits, skin colour and quality for Halloween. Fruit size approx 5-7 Kg (11-15 lbs).

PUMPKIN, JACK OF ALL TRADES F1 HYBRID
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PUMPKIN, RACER F1. Go to Top of Page

This variety produces very large (19-20lbs) pumpkins which are a good rich orange colour, rounded shape with heavy ridging. Early maturing. The semi-bush plant takes up less space than many other varieties.

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RADICCHIO INDIGO. Go to Top of Page

New, highly recommended high yielding variety producing uniform solid heads, green outer leaves with rich red centres with white veins. Good tolerance to bolting and tip burn.
Soil and site Radicchio is tolerant of most soils except gravel or very heavy clay. Ideally it should be planted in an area which was manured for a previous year's crop. Plant in an open sunny site , or a site with a small amount of shade. Water thoroughly in dry weather to prevent bolting.

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SALAD ONION, WHITE LISBON. Go to Top of Page

An old variety but quite deservedly still really popular. Very quick growing and hardy producing succulent, silvery skinned salad onions of good mild flavour.
Soil and site. Salad onions need an open sunny site with fertile, fine soil which is free draining. Keep well watered in dry weather.

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SALAD, BABY LEAVES ORIENTAL MIX. Go to Top of Page

The tray contains a mix of the following: Mizuna Kyoto, Indian Red Mustard, Yukina Savoy, Sky Rocket, Golden Streaks Mustard. All can be treated like 'cut-and-come-again salads crops'.

Soil & Site: Soil must be reasonably well-prepared with adequate organic matter added to maintain moisture. Additional moisture is essential throughout the life of the crop. A sunny, open site is essential.
Spacing: Allow 23cm (9 ins) between plants and 30cm (12 ins) between rows.
Special tip: Watch out for slugs, snails and greenfly - make sure you keep your plants free of these otherwise they can render your well-grown crop unusable.

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SALAD, ROCKET RUNWAY. Go to Top of Page

This variety has the attractive deeply serrated leaves of wild rocket and its own distinctive, excellent flavour which is tangy and peppery but not bitter. Fast and vigorous growing. It is late to bolt and produces numerous leaves.

Soil & Site: Soil must be reasonably well-prepared with adequate organic matter added to maintain moisture. Additional moisture is essential throughout the life of the crop to reduce bolting. A sunny, open site is essential.
Spacing: Allow 23cm (9 ins) between plants and 30cm (12 ins) between rows. Can be grown closer togther as a 'cut and come again' crop.
Special tip: Watch out for slugs, snails and greenfly - make sure you keep your plants free of these otherwise they can render your well-grown crop unusable.

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SWEET CORN, FIESTA. Go to Top of Page

Fiesta is an excellent variety which produces a good crop of super sweet, well-filled cobs which are early to mature.

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