This post is aptly named for so many reasons.
- SEEDS: If you read my previous post to this, Greenhouse Goddess #1, you’ll know that I’m totally obsessed with seeds. I went through some of the reasons in my last post but the main one is that they are the ultimate raw material waiting to be transformed into what ever we choose. I look at a beetroot seed and see………cake……is anyone else with me?
- PROCRASTINATION: Oooh I feel like I’m in a spelling contest or on a spelling section of mastermind (is there a spelling section on mastermind?) Although I’m really looking forward to getting the greenhouse on the go there has been some serious procrastination as to the layout of the veggie patch. So I’m going to stop standing around like piffy (as my nan would say) and get on with it. What’s the worst that could happen…..Nothing will grow, I’ll never get to eat a courgette flower Hugh (river cottage) style, but you’ll all be well entertained with my “What not to do guide” so there’s a positive in there after all!!
My seeds arrived a few days ago from Real Seeds. I did a fair bit of research when it came to purchasing my seeds. One reason being that I know next to nothing about growing vegetables from scratch. One of the reasons I chose Real Seeds was because of their opening statement on their home page
Welcome to our catalog of heirloom and heritage vegetable seeds – All specially chosen for the home gardener. Over the past 16 years we have collected together what we think are the very best vegetable varieties in existence for the kitchen garden. You’ll find no F1 hybrids or GM seed here – just varieties that do really well and taste great when grown by hand on a garden scale. The name on the catalog reflects what we are working to provide: real seeds for real gardeners wanting to grow proper vegetables. Many are rare heirlooms, and because all are open-pollinated you can save your own seed for future years using the instructions we supply. There’s no need to buy new seed every year.
The company is happy to share it’s growing knowledge which, for a total novice like me, is absolute gold!
I’m super excited to get going with the Touchstone Gold Beetroot, a yellow beetroot (who knew such things existed!). I’m so excited as this is something I’ve never seen in the shops and I know I’m going to feel all river cottage the first time I eat one on a salad. Can you tell I have an un-natural obsession with the program it’s a bit of a running theme I’m afraid.
I’m also looking forward to getting on with the two types of beans I’ve chosen. This is because they are supposed to be easy and quick to grow but also they are really versatile to use in the kitchen. They can be used for anything from humus, soup, chutney, curry the list goes on. Watch this space for up and coming recipes involving beans!
Want to see the full list of veggie seed I bought check underneath the last photo for an extensive list and links to the website pages. If you click the link the website page gives lots of detail on each vegetable and growing conditions, when to plant etc. (NB: I do not get paid for these links they are there for your convenience and to help promote a great site based on it’s merit)
In the mean time I hope you all have a lovely sunny weekend and I’ll see you all next week with another greenhouse goddess update.
NB: This is not a sponsored post. I have not been compensated in any way to write this review and paid full price for my seeds. All photographs are my own.
- Long De Mezieres Autumn/Winter Leek £2.06 for 400 seeds
- Giant Bulgarian Leek £1.98 for 400 seeds
- Viroflex Giant Winter Spinach £2.03 for 500 seeds
- Leaf Beet Chard or Perpetual Spinach £1.76 for 300 seeds
- Quick Heading Calabrese or Broccoli £1.58 for 2g
- All the Year Round Cauliflower £2.05 for 250 seeds
- Rouge Tete Noir Early Autumn Cabbage £1.68 for 400 seeds
- Precoce De Louviers Pointy Spring Cabbage £2.16 for 400 seeds
- Sanguina Beetroot £2.24 for 200 seeds
- Touchstone Gold Beetroot £2.66 for 150 seeds
- Amposta Sweet Red Onion £1.59 for 350 seeds
- Paris Early White Overwintering Onion £1.64 for 350 seeds
- Aquadulce Longpod Broadbean £2.40 for 48-52 seeds
- The Czar Runner Bean (Butter Bean Type) £2.25 for 50 seeds