VEGETABLE SEED TIPS
All seeds should be kept in a cool dry place, and many will remain viable for
several years. An old biscuit tin is ideal, stored in a cool place. Do not
leave any seeds in the greenhouse as heat generated can be too warm for the seeds.
Also remember mice are very partial to many types of seed.
When choosing your seeds from the catalogue there are some important things to
bear in mind:
Choose subjects that crop well, are grown easily and, if you are interested,
will produce specimens for your local show.
HERE ARE A FEW RECOMMENDED VARIETIES:
Broad Beans: BUNYARDS EXHIBITION (at least 70 years old)
Cabbage: GREYHOUND - small pointed heart, very early
PRIMO - a good summer variety, round hearted
RED DRUMHEAD - cooked or pickled
Runner Beans: ACHIEVEMENT - white flowers, green bean or dried butter bean.
ENORMA - a good cropper, flavour and show variety. Can be sown
in greenhouse or frame.
French Bean: THE PRINCE - good cropper and show variety
HOLLAND WINTER - good hardy type
SAVOY, ORMSKIRK LATE - good realiable local
Carrot: AMSTERDAM FORCING - early
NEW RED INTERMEDIATE - late, good for storing
Cauliflower: SNOWBALL - sowing inside for early use
ALL THE YEAR ROUND - general use
Courgette F1 DEFENDER
Leeks: MUSSELBURG - hardy, old variety, most popular
Butterhead UNRIVALLED, TOM THUMB
Crisphead CHALLENGE, SET, GREAT LAKES
Cos LOBJOITS, GREEN
Tomato: SHIRLEY, MONEYMAKER
SUNGOLD - cherry type
Cucumber: CARMEN, TELEGRAPH
Potatoes: KESTREL - early, good cropper, show variety
DESIREE - Delia's favourite, all purpose
CHARLOTTE - good all rounder, salad
Onions: (sets) STURON
(seeds) AILSA CRAIG, BEDFORD, CHAMPION