Posts tagged: Grow Your Own

Seed Potatoes & Onion Sets

By Paul, 19/01/2017 5:42 pm

Yes it’s that time of year again! All our seed potato varieties for 2017 have now arrived along with Onion sets and Shallot sets.This year we have carefully selected 14 varieties of Seed potatoes which are being sold loose so that you can buy as many or as few as you require. As always we have tweaked the selection to include the best varieties for growing in the South West. Earlies are; Arran Pilot, Foremost, Lady Chrystl, Orla, Premiere and Winston. Second Earlies are; Charlotte, Kestrel, Maris Peer and Wilja. Main Crop are; Desiree, International Kidney (A.K.A “Jersey Royal”) Picasso and Pink Fir Apple. We are also offering to Organic Varieties in pre-packs which are Arran Victory and Maris Bard.

Onions and Shallot sets on offer are Onions; Sturon, Rumba and Red Karmen. Shallots; Golden Gourmet and Red Sun.

Alongside our great selection of vegetable seeds from both Kings Seeds and Johnsons World Kitchen there should be some bumper harvests in vegetable plots this Summer.

Part of our Seed potato selection 2017

Part of our Seed potato selection 2017

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Bring on 2017!

By Paul, 02/01/2017 10:18 am

Our 2017 season starts here! The Nursery is now open right through the year. We start the year with a Plant Sale, an opportunity to pick up some bargains as we make some room for all the new stock we shall be growing this coming year! Shortly we will see the arrival of our Seed Potatoes and we already have refreshed stocks of Kings Seeds and the Sarah Raven and World Kitchen Seeds from Johnsons. The garden is a place where we can all escape the pressures and stresses of modern life while making a positive contribution to our environment. Gardening is such a healthy and rewarding past-time so plan your plantings now and look forward to a bountiful 2017! We look forward to seeing all our customers old and new so bring on 2017!

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Seed Potatoes

By Paul, 13/01/2016 1:36 pm

We now have our Seed Potatoes in stock now ready for chitting. All varieties are offered loose for sale so that you can select as many or as few as you like, no need to buy 2Kg of all the same variety!! You could choose a selection of varieties and have the best potaoes for each occasion. Seelct from the range of Earlies, Second Earlies, Maincrop and Salad varieties. Growing potaoes is easy and one of the most rewarding vegetables to grow. Great for teaching kids where there food comes from and such a versatile vegetable it is too! If space is limited they can easily be grown in potato growing bags or even just a bucket (remember to make holes first).

We have a great selection of varieties including: Accord, Premier, Foremost, Lady Christl, Rocket, Winston, Charlotte, Kestrel, Saxon, Maris Peer, Wilja, Cara, Picasso, International Kidney (Jersy Royal), Pink Fir Apple and Setanta. These are all varieties that do well in the South West and performed really well in our own bucket tests over the last 2 years.

To chit your seed potatoes put them in trays with the ‘eyes’ facing up and leave them in a cool & frost free, light place but out of full sun. Old egg boxes work really well. The seed tubers will over the next few weeks produce short shoot which give them a growing headstart once planted out. Chitting is not essential but does help to get things going. Planting can commence as early as mid-March but frost protection may be required especially in colder areas and frost pockets. To be safe start planting from mid-April onwards, always keeping an eye out for late spring frosts.

Potatoes are Easy to Grow

Potatoes are Easy to Grow!

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New Frost Resistant Pottery

By Paul, 13/03/2015 1:43 pm

We have had another delivery of pots from Pot Pourrium. Who as usual have brought a varried selection of superb pottery for our customers to choose from. Wheather you want rustic charm or modern and bold there is something for everyone.

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Seed Potatoes, Seeds & Summer Flowering Bulbs

By Paul, 23/01/2015 11:07 am

Our full selection of seed potatoes, onion &shallot sets are available now. Early Varieties we have Accord, Foremost, Lady Christl, Rocket & Winston (Highest yeilding variety in our 10 Litre pot trial last year!). Second Early varieties are Charlotte, Kestrel, Maris Peer, Nadine & Saxon. Main Crop varieties are Cara, Picasso, Pink Fir Apple, Romano & Valor. All the former are sold loose so that you can select as few or as many as you require! In addition we are offering pre-packed seed potatoes of Shetland Black (a heratige variety with outstanding flavour), International Kidney (the Variety grown as Jersey Royal when grown in Jersey), Sarpo Mira ( known for its exceptional blight resistance) and Jazzy (a new versitile variety with it own website: www.jazzypotato.co.uk/ ).

We are also stockest of Kings Seeds whos seed offers good quality, leadng to high germanation rates at reasonable prices giving the customer great value for money! Check out their very handy “Grow & Sow” chart at  www.kingsseeds.com/Sow%20harvest%20chart%20.pdf and plan your vegeatable garden perfectly!.

Summer flowering ‘Bulbs’ have started to arrive and as usual we have a varied selection of some of Taylors Bulbs finest Dahlia tubers, Gladioli, Lilies etc. to turn gardens into a colour & scent extraveganzer this summer.

A part of our Seed potato, Seed & Summer Bulb selection for 2015

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Seed Potatoes

By Paul, 22/01/2014 10:07 am

We now have in stock our selection of Seed Potatoes. Selected to offer some of the best early, second early and main crop varieties for growing conditions in the south-west. Flavour, yield and resistance to pests & diseases are important factors to us when determining which varieties to stock.

Accord: A high yeilding early with good disease reistance

Foremost: A firm favourite with great flavour and some slug resistance.

Home Guard: Back by popular demand this very early variety makes super new potatoes.

Lady Christl: Tasty and high yielding garden favourite.

Pentland Javlin: Versitile and good on most soils, good for boiling and salads.

Premiere: Very early popular variety with a repulation for blight resistance.

Swift: Very early and best for containers and growing under cover.

Ulster Sceptre: Great tasting early for salads and new.

Winston: Bulks up early making great early jacket potatoes.

Charlotte: The most popular second early with superb tasty potatoes.

Kestrel: Slug resistant and high yielding, good all-rounder.

Maris Peer: Good for boiling and salads. Slug resistant.

Wilja: High yielding second early with some slug and disease resistance.

Cara: Excellent main crop ideal for bakers with good resistance to pests and diseases.

Picasso: High yielding and disease resistant main crop.

Pink Fir Apple: Distinctive in shape and flavour. Finger shaped tubers have a nutty flavour.

Record: New to us this year reported to have excellent disease and slug resistance, good all-rounder.

Romano: A red skinned variety with better blight and slug resistance than Desiree.

Setanta: Another red potato with excellent blight resistance. Good floury taste.

Valor: High yielding and reliable variety with good disease resitance, producing good clean tubers.

Vivaldi: This Albert Bartlett variety performed performed well in our own trial last summer and had a superb flavour.

Isle of Jura: A multi-purpose disease resistant and tasty main crop variety from Albert Bartlett.

Apache: A bright red skinned variety with cream eyes gives this variet a striking appearance. Buttery chestnut flavour makes for exellent roast potatoes.

International Kidney: Better known as ‘Jesrsey Royal’ when grown in Jersey a well known tasty variety.

Mayan Gold: Exceptionally flavoured new variety, best for chips, mash and roasting.

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Grow Your Own Potatoes

By Paul, 10/01/2013 12:27 am

Seed Potatoes varieties for 2013 have arrived and this season we have 22 varieties in total. Most of these we are able to offer loose so that once again customers can select only the number and sizes of potatoes they require.  It may seem early to some to buy you seed potatoes in January.  Buying early gives you the best choice as well as enabling the early chitting. Chitting can be done by laying the tubers with the “eyes” facing up in a tray (cardboard egg boxes are ideal). They should then be placed in a cool but frost free place with good light but out of direct sunlight. Under the staging in a greenhouse is ideal (make sure it remains frost free) or alternatively cool spare room can do the job. They should stay there until the  shoots reach about 2-3cm long (this takes between 6 & 8 weeks).  The traditional time for planting the tubers out in the garden is around Easter. Earlier plantings are possible in sheltered areas and under protection. Plant about 12cm deep in a well prepared bed. Alternatively Potato growing bags can be used if space is limited. Many of the varieties we have selected this season were chose for their disease and pest resistance, especially to Blight and Slugs, which caused so many problems last summer.  Varieties such as Accord, Orla, Romano, and Setanta offer good resistance to Blight. For flavour it is hard to beat Charlotte, Nicola or the slightly nutty, buttery flavour of Pink Fir Apple. Everyone has there favourite and anyone can grow a crop of there own home grown spuds.

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Onions, Garlic & Shallots for Autumn Planting

By Paul, 06/10/2012 7:31 pm

For those keen on growing something to fill the space in the Vegetable garden this Autumn we have Japanese Onion variety Senshyu yellow in stock (sold loose so you can pick out the best & you don’t have to buy more than you need). This is a reliable variety that will be ready to harvest a few weeks a head of most spring planted varieties. For the garlic enthusiast we have 2 varieties perfect for the UK climate. These are ‘Lautrec Wight’ a hardnecked variety with smooth flavour & Iberian Wight a softneck variety with full flavour. Shallots are growing in popularity and the “Banana” variety ‘Jermor is particularly good with excellent flavour and good yields when planted in Autumn.

Shallot 'Jermor'

Hardneck Garlic 'Lautrec Wight'

Onion 'Senshyu Yellow'

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New Potatoes!

By Paul, 27/01/2012 7:50 pm

Our seed potato collection is now complete with the delivery of Charlotte & Premier now here! These are both very popular varieties so they are  sure to be among the first to sell out. So if these are your favourites don’t delay and start chitting them now!

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New Year, New Stock!

By Paul, 13/01/2012 9:56 am

Seed Potatoes, Onion Sets and Summer Flowering Bulbs have begun to arrive to announce the new year and the start of preparations for a new season.Potato Varieties this year are as follows:

  • Earlies; Accord, Formost, Red Duke of York, Swift, Winston and coming soon Premier.
  • Second Earlies; Maris Peer, Nicola, Saxon, Wilja and coming soon Charlotte.
  • Main Crop; Pentland Crown, Cara, Romano, Picasso, Valor and Pink Fir Apple.

All these are Sold Loose so you can choose as few or as many tubers as you require. We also have a few packs of Organic Arron Victory which I understand from the TV last year have excellent flavour!

Onion and Shallot sets are also in as are ‘Red Champagne’ Rhubarb crowns (a good sweet variety).  Add this to our selection of Fruit trees, bushes and Vegetable seeds and you have all you need for a very productive “Grow Your Own” season here at Cove Garden Nursery……See you soon!

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