It was such a nice day last Friday that it prompted me to head over to the Garden Centre at lunchtime. My initial plan was to have a look around as I'd only been there once before and that was in the dark to buy my Christmas tree, but once I got there it hit me that I could buy my seeds while I was there.
With renewed purpose I set off to see what they had and while I was at it trying to recall what was on my list. As I made my way to the seeds I picked up packets of first earlies, second earlies and main crop potatoes - not huge packets as we're not big potato eaters, but enough I hope to provide what we want. I've chosen some heritage varieties too, with both the second earlies and main crop potatoes being purple. I reckoned that that was one of the advantages of growing my own.
I found the seeds - and wow, there were loads. And loads. I was in seed heaven. It was potentially dangerous.
Soon though packets of free seeds caught my eye, well they would wouldn't they? For every two packets of seeds I bought I could pick one of the designated free packs of seeds.
I left with quite a few!
- Tomatoes - Harbinger and Akron - both non-cherry types, which I *might* already have plenty of seeds for
- Cucumber - Swing - for the greenhouse
- Butternut Squash - Hunter
- Leeks - Bulgaarse Reuzen-Lincoln
- Sunflowers - two packets of Sparky
- Parsnips - White Gem
- Lupins - Sunrise
- Sweetcorn - Ovation
- Peas - Terrain
- Borlotti beans - Lingua di Fuoco - a favourite, but what I didn't realise translates to Firetongue
- Red Pointed Cabbage - Kalibos
- Kale - Reflex and Nero di Toscana
- Purple Sprouting Broccoli - Rudolph - which is an extra early variety
- Beetroot - Alto
- Cauliflower - Snowball
- Turnips - Purple Top Milan
- Spinach - Amazon
- Celeriac - Monarch
- Chilli Peppers - Peperoncino Cillegia Piccante
It seems I can get sowing already with most of them too - those turned over can be planted now.
Guess what I'll be doing over the next few weekends??