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Tomato Seeds – beefsteak tomato and cherry tomato

September 13, 2017

New tomato varieties include beefsteak, cherry tomatoes, container and hanging basket tomato seeds from the small cherry to extra large Porterhouse beefsteak.

Tomato Apricot Dreams 10 seeds
Tomato Apricot Dreams
Masses of very sweet fruit in a delightful apricot/orange colour.
Apricot Dream will produce 20-30 fruit per truss with a very high sugar content giving a candy-like sweetness! Indeterminate but with a controlled habit making it very useable in a patio container.

Tomato Baby Boomer 10 seeds
Tomato Baby Boomer
A  prolific hybrid cherry tomato, yielding a bumper crop of up to 300 little sweeties bursting with a great big flavour. Ideal for patio, containers and small areas.

Tomato Big Daddy 10 seeds
Big Daddy
Which Best Buy for great flavour, a breakthrough for taste, size, disease resistance and yield, Big Daddy is a hybrid, bred from the all time great Big Boy. Produces delicious ruby red round meaty fruits, a huge 15 ounces over a long season

Tomato Brandy Boy 10 seeds
Brandy Boy
This new beefsteak hybrid produces loads of large pink fruits up to 14cm across. Brandy Boy captures all the rich flavour of the much loved Brandywine heirloom tomatoes. Fruits have a more shapely form, tidier indeterminate growth, bigger and earlier yields. One of the all time classics has just got better with a nice thin skin, soft heirloom texture and an exceptional tangy sweet taste.

Tomato Green Envy 15 Tomato seeds
Green Envy
A meaty, tangy green cherry tomato, wondrously sweet and juicy. Like no green tomato you have ever seen or tasted before, 1 inch long emerald green sweet cherry tomatoes fruit in abundance in clusters. Great eaten raw, baked, grilled or sautéed, try them in a Salsa, with red cherry tomatoes. Indeterminate 60-70 days from transplant

Tomato Orange Wellington 10 seeds
Orange Wellington
Tipping the scales at up to 340 grams this smooth skinned, hybrid orange heavyweight is plump, dense, meaty with very few seeds. A tomato that is bursting with flavour and ideal to have with dinner, lunch, snacks or on the breakfast plate.

Tomato Pink Pounder 10 seeds
Pink Pounder
A 16oz pink hybrid beefsteak tomato that has gourmet-worthy creamy sweet, pink flesh and superb flavour. Vines produce fruit up until frosts.

Tomato Porterhouse 10 seeds
Porterhouse Beefsteak Tomato
Extra large beefsteak
Plump beefsteak tomatoes that tip the scales at an amazing 2 to 4 lbs each. They are bursting with larger than life old fashioned flavour, smooth texture, deep red luscious flesh all the way through the fruits, with just the right balance between meaty solids and succulent juices.

Tomato Steak Sandwich 10 seeds
Steak Sandwich
Large luscious hybrid tomatoes that offer the good old fashioned tomato taste for sandwiches and salads. They remain firm when ripe, so you can slip a slice into a burger, sandwich or BLT and savour succulent, rich, sweet taste. The compact (less than 1m high) vigorous plants are loaded with dozens of 10oz fruits at a time, that continues from mid summer until early autumn. Tomato Steak Sandwich Indeterminate (cordon) 70 days from transplant to maturity.

Tomato Sweetie 20 Tomato seeds
Tomato Sweetie
A cherry variety producing large clusters of very sweet tasty red fruits, suitable for indoor or outdoor growing requiring a sunny position. plant height 6-8′ days to maturity 69-80 days. Indeterminate.

Tomato Terenzo 8 Tomato seeds
Terenzo 
High yielding compact bushy hybrid plants, sweet red cherry tomatoes Terenzo is a trailing plant that is ideal for baskets and containers, a great snacking tomato, approx 30mm 20g crack resistant fruits. 56 days from transplanting to fruit. Determinate. Plant height 30cm spread 40cm.

Tomato Tomande 10 seeds
Tomande
Tomato connoisseurs rave about the flavour of these broad shouldered 6oz fruits. Fleshy, juicy and flavourful, Tomande (hybrid) will treat gourmet gardeners with both heirloom taste and abundant yields. Indeterminate 72 days from transplant to maturity.

Tomato Seeds from Nicky’s Seeds

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Winter Hanging Baskets

August 15, 2017

It is believed that the hanging basket was originally designed to remind a princess of home, some also believe the idea came from the hanging gardens of Babylon, it is with the wonderful versatility of this idea that we can design our own little piece of heaven from our doorstep right through to our garden. However, casting our minds back to the long, cold winter we experienced not so long ago it is probable that most of us may be reluctant to consider planning how to add warmth to our otherwise dreary doorways and garden during the late season. Despite this, in order to avoid even the slightest, sparse period it is vital to plan ahead when it comes to complimenting any garden displays throughout the seasons. When it comes to winter hanging baskets a mixture of upright and tumbling plants can have the best effect. Shrubs like Box,  heathers and carex (ornamental grass) can provide height while trailing plants like ivy not only add warmth but can also hide the edges of the basket. Bedding plants such as primroses, violas, cyclamen and polyanthus will contribute colour with winter pansies great for filling in any gaps and can be grown from seeds.

Regardless of space or the size of your doorway, choose no smaller than a 14-inch basket. Cover the inside of the basket with a coconut fibre liner, followed by a plastic disc to use as a saucer in the bottom of the hanging basket to help retain water. Using soil based compost, particularly if growing shrubs put a one-inch layer into the base of the basket. Make three small cuts across the sides of the liner or fibre. These small holes can be used to secure the plants in place, preventing damage to the root ball of each plant. Add another layer of compost followed by more plants. Once everything has been added fill the basket with compost but leave an approximate two-inch gap from the top. Pack the compost and the plants in tightly, filling any gaps with smaller flowers and compost.

During the winter months, the rugged flowers of heather are superb at filling out an arrangement and surrounding them with trailing plants such as ivy or creeping thyme will soften the edges. With preparation remaining key, why not add a few dwarf daffodil, narcissus, tulips or iris bulbs to extend the display well into spring. Once quality plants and shrubs are chosen, maintain your winter hanging basket by not letting it dry out and dead heading flowers as soon as they show any signs of fading. If weather conditions become harsh, boost your plants with a weekly liquid feed.

Sowing seeds for colour next year

August 6, 2017

It is common belief that once summer comes we can relax and enjoy our garden, avoiding anything more taxing than watering and the odd bit of weeding and dead heading. The thoughts of sowing seeds may be the last thing on our minds, taking comfort in the seasonal routine of frantically planning what to grow as spring approaches. This however, can be easily avoided. Sowing perennial and biennial flower seeds now (late summer into Autumn) will not only prove less stressful next year but means that what you do sow will flower earlier and last for longer in your garden, creating the most vibrant of flower borders and hanging baskets well ahead of the rest.

 

Although a colourful garden may be the desired effect it is wise to put some thought into which colours to choose. Opting for primary colours can be a safe bet to create a plenitude of shades but seeing as there is plenty of planning time why not analyse the specific colours needed to get the most out of your outdoor space. Blue and white flowers will create a sense of distance, while pastel colours are best suited to low light conditions. Orange and red can be perfect to warm up an otherwise cool corner. Advanced thought can give your garden that je ne sais quoi with only matching furniture and lighting to worry about come spring. Calendula seeds come in a variety of eye-catching colours. Some of the varieties Kablouana and Snow Princess can be sown September, kept in a cold frame and their stunning double flowers will complement the dullest of borders early next year. With violas offering a magnificent choice of colours from red with blotch to sky blue they are a perfect choice to sow now. Other species to sow late summer are Lupins, Hardy Geraniums, Hollyhocks, Aquilegia and Verbascum. And if a Victorian cottage garden is your desired look don’t hesitate to sow some biennials seeds and overwinter until spring.  Sow outdoors Ammi Majus, Poppies, Nigella and Delphiniums to name but a few.

 

Whatever your preference, all the seeds can be sown in the same way. Half fill a tray with good quality, peat based compost. Avoid using potting compost when sowing seeds as it contains high levels of fertiliser that can damage young roots. Clean all pots and containers thoroughly as old compost can harbour diseases. Sow the seeds in rows, cover lightly with compost and water gently. Pots containing very small seeds should be surface sown and should be watered from the bottom by being left to soak only until the surface is evenly wet and then removed and allowed to drain. You may wish to cover the tray with a transparent cover for the initial stages of germination and if sowing during the summer months store the seeds in a cold frame. You may even be able to find some seeds in your current garden that have been blown from the flowers ready for harvesting. If these are gathered be sure to hang them in paper bags to dry out completely and then store them in manila envelopes until you are ready to use them. Avoid too much handling of these young seeds and maintain the key standard of hygiene when sowing.

Bacopa for hanging baskets and containers now available by seed

December 9, 2016

Bacopa is an excellent hanging basket and container plant.  Until recently it was only available from cuttings, now there is a seed raised version called Topia, available in 3 varieties, Bacopa Blutopia, Snowtopia and a mixture of blue and white. The plants are naturally self branching so require no pinching back, they quickly fill the container and cascade over the side. An abundance of flowers cover the plants in hanging baskets and containers. Seed available from Nickys Seeds

Bacopa Blutopia

Bacop Blutopia seed raised plants

Bacopa Snowtopia

Bacopa Snowtopia

Cutting raised Bacopa Abunda is available from your local nursery or garden centre. Available in Pink, Colossal Blue, Colossal Sky Blue and Clossal White, plants are covered in hundreds of non-stop blooms all through the season right up to the first frosts.

Bacopa

Bacopa Abunda Pink and White


Bacopa Abunda


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