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Tips for growing great vegetable and herb seedlings.

Tips for growing great vegetable and herb seedlings.

Heirloom Harvest 24/12/2018 2
We grow thousands of plants from seed every year to grow out in our market garden, seed farm and for sale. Over the years we have tried many different seed raising mixes and containers to grow in. We have tried many different commercial seed raising mixes but have found our own mixes to be far superior. We used to use very complex mixes with many different ingredients but over the years have simplified and mix down to three ingredients; equal parts good quality compost and vermiculite for the body and about 2% Blood and Bone for the fertility. We use this mix for pretty much every type of seedling we grow from Amaranth to Zucchinis.  You might regularly read on other blogs to use a sterile seed raising mix to ensure disease free seedlings, I believe this is a mistake. Modern research has shown that interactions between micro-organisms in the soil and plant growth are extremely important for the vitality of the plants. By growing in a sterile medium you deny those seedlings these extrem...
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Seed garlic coming in 2019

Seed garlic coming in 2019

Heirloom Harvest 05/11/2018 0
  Video transcript"So, I'm in amongst our 2018 garlic crop. It's actually looking very happy and healthy. Some of our early varieties like this Sicilian White which I've just pulled up really bulbing up really strongly and they'll be harvested in probably just under a month. Then some of our later varieties like the Ail De Pay Gers here, they're only just starting to bulb up. You can just see a little bulb starting to form here. It always surprises me with garlic how fast they go from starting to form a bulb to being fully formed so they probably won't be that much further behind, maybe one and a half to two months and these will be harvested as well. All of these varieties that were growing are going to be available for seed stock for home growers to purchasing and grow their own garlic at home next year and that seed should be available in February or March."...
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Think you know what an heirloom vegetable is?

Think you know what an heirloom vegetable is?

admin 01/11/2017 0
The terms heirloom seeds, heirloom vegetables and heirloom varieties are becoming commonplace within gardening circles. The terms invoke a sense of connection with the past, a bygone era, a golden age. In addition to these nostalgic emotions there are many good practical reasons to grow heirloom varieties. Unfortunately, like many ‘trendy’ terms such as ‘sustainable’ or ‘eco’, ‘heirloom’ is running the risk of becoming meaningless through over use, miss-use and hijacking by marketing. To give an example of what I mean, I was walking down the street the other day and saw a sign for “eco” tans, what on earth could be ecological about a fake tan? To avoid this happening to the term “heirloom” we need a clear definition and to identify where use of the term is straying from that definition. So what is an heirloom vegetable and how should we use the term correctly? Here is my take on the subject. Definitions are always tricky, language is not static, meanings change and evolve over time and...
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