Posted: 26/05/2014 at 20:16
I have tendency to shop around, Up to 2 years ago I did a little showing at local shows, then I would pay the extra money for the F1 seed, but now at the age of 75 I look after the pennies and still get good results. Country Value seeds and those obtainable from Lidyl's can give you good results. My Runner Beans and Broad Beans I buy loose weight from a local garden centre, if I decide on peas I do the same, buy as many or as few as you need. This year germination has been excellent, Dwarf Beans from Lidyl's 2 rows planted a week ago, 90% already showing. Carrots, at the moment I have sown two lots of Early Nantes, 50% germination 1st sowing near on 100% on the second, this is Kings seed. Onions I grow from sets, 4 six metre rows I have lost 3 bulbs. Parsnips are always a little dodgy and tempermental, you always want fresh seed, even then its hit and miss. I have a 50% germination on 1st sowing which is not good enough so have resown, early days yet, fellow allotment holders have had the lack of success, maybe the season. Some Sweet Peas have been my problem, I buy the best seed and am growing just over 300 plants this year. Three packets of seed bought(15seeds to the packet) 1 packet no germination the other 2 packets 30% germination, I contacted the seller and received 3 free packets by return, still no germination on the 1 but an increase to 50% on the other two. Today 26 May picked my first flowers.