There are many old varieties of tomato that have been saved by gardeners. They often have unique flavours and textures compared to supermarket tomatoes which are grown for consistent shape and ability to transport. Saving seeds from heirloom tomatoes is easy and helps keep an old variety alive.
Archives for February 2016
At this time of year with the advent of planting season you can go through a lot of plant containers, especially if you give a lot of plants away. The standard 2 litre milk carton, with the top cut off, makes a good intermediary container for bean plants. The beans are started in plastic boxes …Read More about A bit of recycling
Seed planting starts indoors each year around mid February. This has changed over the last few years as the winters have extended. The first batch of seeds are chilli peppers are these seeds are slow to germinate and the plants need as much summer as they can get. These were followed with a batch of …Read More about Planting list – week ending 21 Feb 2016
This was a quick visit to Graham Bell’s forest garden in Coldstream, Scotland. The visit with Frank was to see the garden in winter. Graham has been building the garden for over 20 years and has created one of the finest examples of a permaculture forest garden in a cool climate.
Beans are one of the easiest plants to grow, they are practically indestructible. This method involves a plastic box filled with compost, 4 to 6 seeds, misted with water, then sealed under clear plastic held in place with an elastic band. After a week the beans appear. In the first instance, the plastic cover is …Read More about Repotting beans gallery
A lot of seeds for plants like tomatoes and chillies are very small and require careful planting. There are a number of tools and gadgets to help with this. It is better to find a friend with good eyesight. This is my friend Molly, she is from Australia and has very good eyesight. Small seeds …Read More about Sowing very small seeds