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Posted: 13/03/2014 at 12:47

17C in the shade here - I've been digging in full sun (herb bed)  I've come in for a cool down!

Excessive cost of seeds

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 12:40

Oh yes, silly me Doh!  But the rest of what I said still holds good in my opinion. 

Plant I'd please

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 12:39


Music in the Garden

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 12:38

I meant that Cake's music is fun 

Fig Tree

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 12:37

I have a fig in a large terracotta pot on a south-east facing terrace here in Norfolk.  I didn't fleece it this winter although I did bubble-wrap the pot to protect it in case of hard frosts.  If the temps had dropped a long way I'd have draped some fleece over the tree but a friend who lived in North Norfolk had a Brown Turkey outside for years and gave it no protection whatsoever and it fruited every year. 

Excessive cost of seeds

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 12:32

£1.39 per pack here although it doesn't say how many seeds the pack contains and the company certainly doesn't have any sort of quality reputation as far as I'm aware.

I think we have to remember that many of the larger companies invest a lot of money on the development of new varieties etc, rather than just growing and selling seeds - they have to cover that investment.  

They also produce and sell a wide variety of seeds, some of which may not be as popular as others and therefore may not recoup their costs, so in order to maintain a wide choice for the grower they spread this across their whole range. 

I hold no brief for seed companies, but I feel that to label a company as profiteering without evidence of their costs might be a little naive. 

There's much more to producing seeds on the scale done by the large companies than growing some tomatoes and saving and packaging the seeds - some varieties are licensed and fees have to be paid, and quality control measures also cost money.

How's the damp problem in your shed Chris?

Simple question alert!

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 11:44

Simple question alert!

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 11:28

Polka is superb - heavy cropping lovely large fruit that hold their shape in the freezer, and great flavour 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 10:47

On our travels yesterday my son introduced me to the recordings of the band Cake - does anyone here know their music? Fun!!! 

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 10:41

What a brilliant project   Good luck!

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