Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Gardener Cook -

Be­fore you or­der new seeds for next year, take stock both of what seeds you have that are still vi­able and what were this year’s big­gest suc­cesses. Short sea­son tomato cul­ti­vars were my rev­e­la­tion with the ‘Pur­ple Ukraine’ pro­duc­ing many ki­los of glossy, goose egg-sized fruits that were de­li­ciously jammy when cooked and eaten in a ba­con sand­wich. Early crop­ping and good sized, the sweetly flavoured, fat French leek ‘Mon­strueux de Carentan’ was ready mid Septem­ber. To sow some­thing right now what about pea shoots? Fill a shal­low tray or box with com­post and sow seeds about 1cm apart. The vin­ing pea ‘Serge’ has been spe­cially cho­sen for its de­li­cious, sweet-tast­ing ten­drils and leaves, which can be mixed with other leaves to give your win­ter salad bowl a bit of va­ri­ety.

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