The new seeds for 2019’s garden

When it gets to autumn, you start to receive the emails, catalogues, and special offers from seed companies vying for your business, and I took advantage of these to buy up some packs of seeds for 2019’s garden.

The side-affect of this, is that it’s late-December and i’m chomping at the bit to get these sown.. but in most cases, there’s months yet until I can do so.

What’s will be new?

I’ve bought a few ‘new to me’ seeds to try in my garden in 2019. This will be my third season here, so i’m beginning to understand how parts of the garden perform, and what grows well in different spots. My new varieties for 2019 are:

Pak Choi

I love eating this, and including it in stir-fries, so I thought that I would try growing it for myself. These will take 8-10 weeks from sowing to harvesting, and will need to go in a sunny spot. These will be sown in March-April, but can have a later sowing in the summer.

Spring Onion ‘White Lison’

I’ve never grown these before, and so I thought i’d give them a go. I like them in salads, and I also love making my Courgette and Cheddar soup which has a bunch of these in it. These will take 12-14 weeks from sowing to harvest, and I can start them off in March, with a staggered sowing until about May.

Lettuce ‘OutREDgeous’

Lettuce is far from new to my garden. Year One had a bumper crop, yet last year was a disaster – despite 3 sowings, only 1 plant grew, and nextdoors cat dug it up and pooed on it, so I had no lettuce at all. I did learn from the first season that my slugs weren’t touching red lettuces, so I’m going to try this variety which I can sow between March and July for a staggered harvest. This variety copes with lower light – so it can be grown in the shadier part of the garden, it’s also the variety that was grown and harvested in space(!!) by astronauts. I’ve heard that the space slugs are pretty fierce.

Goji Berries ‘Lycium Barbarum’

I have never grown, nor knowingly seen or tasted goji berries before, but I was inspired to try growing these from the James Wong range as they’re ‘incredibly easy to grow’, although that’s despite them taking 18 months from sowing to begin fruiting. I can begin sowing these in January.

Winter Squash ‘Waltham Butternut’

I really like Squash, and got into them courtesy of Vivi Gregory‘s dedication and excitement of growing what seems like hundreds on her London allotment. Whilst last year was a disaster for the Squash ‘Spaghetti Stripetti’ in my garden (1 squash vs 2017’s 15 squashes), I’ve decided to try this smaller squash variety instead. They’ll be great for roasting and soups.

Squash ‘Honey Boat’

This second Squash variety is apparently ‘even sweeter than a butternut’, and apparently tastes like a Sweet Potato. I’ll be sowing one of these too, but in a hope that the two squash plants don’t strangle my entire garden like their predecessor wanted to.

and finally*

Climbing Bean ‘Borlotto Lingua Di Fuocco (Firetongue)’

Borlotto beans are another variety that I’ve watched Vivi growing, so I thought I would give these a go. Their distinct reddish pods and white flecked beans should make an interesting harvest. Again, i’ll probably soup these, or throw them into stir-fries like I often do with Broad Beans, and they’re stacked with Vitamins A, K, and folic acid.

*seriously, who actually means ‘finally’ when talking about buying seeds?

These are in addition to the Broad Bean ‘De Monica’ seeds that I sowed a few weeks back.

Are you going to try growing anything new in 2019? Did you try something new in 2018? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading, and happy gardening!

Andrew

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