Sow the seeds 5mm deep in trays of moist compost, be careful not to over water. Store in a warm place not in direct sunlight and ensure the compost is kept moist. It is a good idea to cover with a plastic bag until the seeds germinate. Once the seedlings appear, remove the plastic. It is also useful to label the trays for future reference. Plant the poppy seeds directly into growing beds outside.
When the seedlings are strong enough to handle they can be transplanted into bigger pots or trays. Be careful when easing the roots out, as they can be easily be damaged. Do not overcrowded the plants. Keep the pots warm, light position and turn regularly. Once all chance of frost has passed the plants can be transplanted outside into growing beds outside.
Carrot Autumn King
A late main crop variety producing large pointed carrots of excellent flavour and colour
(Harvest June – October)
Brussels Sprout Groninger
(Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera)
This variety produces large, dark green tasty sprouts, and the heaviest yields from Autumn to Christmas,
(Harvest: October – December)
An old favourite, easy to grow and very versatile. The long thick stems and broad leaves are great on their own or in stews and casseroles. Rich in Vitamin A.
(Harvest: October onwards)
Parsnip White Gem
A traditional winter vegetable producing medium ivory sized coloured, sweet tasting roots. Delicious roasted.
(Harvest: November – March)
Spinach Beet Perpetual
A wonderful substitute to spinach with smooth, tender dark green leaves and robust flavour.
(Harvest: August – December)
Swede Best of Al
Medium sized with purple top and yellow flesh, with a mild sweet flavour. Perfect for cooking with.
(Harvest: October onwards)
Carrot: March – August Brussell Sprout/Parsnip: Feb – April
Leek: March – April Swede: May – July Spinach: April – July
Sow seeds 1.5cm deep into direct growing beds, keep the soil moist.
For the sprouts keep 24” (60cm) between rows and thin to 18” (45cm). For the Swede keep 18” (45cm) between rows and thin to 12” (30). For the Carrot & Leek keep 12” (30cm) between rows and thin to 4” (10cm), thin the Parsnip to 6” (15cm) apart from the spinach to 8” (20cm)
Brussell Sprouts – Pick the sprouts from the bottom of the plant when leaves start to yellow.
Carrot – They will be tenderer and tasty if harvested before maturity.
Leek – Keep well watered in dry conditions.
Parsnip – Germination is very slow, it is advisable to mark the planting area.
Swede – Prefers a well cultivated soil.
Spinach – Pick the leaves regularly to encourage a steady supply of young green leaves.
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