Merrygold' Tomato

Merrygold’ Tomato

First blight resistant orange tomato naming competition – the result! The Burpee Seeds Europe team ran a competition last month together with Mr Fothergill’s which gave readers of the Pumpkin Beth site an exciting opportunity to name their first-ever blight-resistant orange tomato. It was hard to choose a winner but after much deliberation, the name ‘Merrygold’ from Ann Page was…

Hanging veg gardens

It is possible to grow an increasing range of tasty vegetables and herbs in hanging baskets, here are some top tips to get you started. Edible crops for baskets Tomatoes –the trailing bush types. Dwarf French beans. Lettuce. Salad leaves such as rocket, mizuna and corn salad. Nasturtiums for colour but are edible too. Herbs including parsley, chives, basil, mint,…

Growing in containers

So, what’s a container? This depends on what crops you are growing, for example lettuce and salad leaves can be grown in quite shallow containers. A small trough 17cm (7in) deep and 30cm (12in) long would suffice for a few mixed cut and come again salad leaves. Ideally, aim for atrough about 20cm (8in) wide, 60cm (2ft) long and at…

Preparing to grow

More and more people are starting to appreciate the benefits of growing their own fresh fruit and veg and are seeking out their own patch to do just that. Learning to grow your own is not as daunting as it may first seem. Home-grown produce is not just fresher than anything you’ll find in the shops, in growing it you’ll…