RECOVERING FROM NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS WITH SOBER LOOK AT A FEW SEED CATALOGUES – FIRST WEEK IN JANUARY 2010

Having survived without sprain or injury on the ice  while heralding in the New Year, I was relieved to get a chance to sit down and see what seeds I had for the forthcoming planting season. With the ground frozen, the ordering of seeds is the ideal garden related activity for this time of year.

Giant Winter Leek

The gaps in my seed collection are to be filled once I get my orders in the post. The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co Leitrim supplies most of my seed needs. See their online catalogue here. Giant Winter Leek, Rainbow Chard, Purple Sprouting Early Broccoli, Gold Rush Courgette and Sugar Grape Cherry Tomato are all on order.

Seed potatoes

I still need early (Orla) and second early (Carlingford) seed potatoes as well as a few annual flower seed to attract useful wildlife such as hoverfly and simply to make the garden more attractive to nose and eyes. There is to my mind nothing to beat the heady aroma of Night-Scented Stock on a warm summer evening (remember those!).

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by John Fagan on January 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Trevor,

    Any idea where I might buy a strong rhubarb plant? I had one growing in a previous house but have not been able to find one in any of the garden centres to date. If you also had any advice on how deep to plant and care for (especially during the next few months – cold, wet etc) that would be great.

    Thanks,

    John

    Reply

    • John, a Chara,
      Any good garden centre or friend who is dividing a mature crown should provide you with a healthy rhubarb crown or plant. They are quite hardy but really appreciate having compost or well rotted farmyard manure dug in before planting the crown. I’ve to put a crown in myself in the next few days. I know they like a sunny spot but my sunny spaces are all taken, so I’ll try my luck in the north facing front garden.
      Le meas glas,
      Trevor.

      Reply

  2. Hope you won’t mind: I used the seed potato photo in a post for our allotments (at http://challotments.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/a-little-late-but/)
    If you are unhappy with this, please let me know and I will – of course remove it.

    Reply

    • Posted by Trevor Sargent on September 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      You are welcome to use any photo on my blog as long as the context is in line with the original context.
      Regards,

      Trevor

      Reply

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