What to plant now?
It’s never to late to plant a vegetable garden. As we move through the seasons the ground warms up and there are so many varieties of vegetables you can still plant in May, June, July and August. If you have a polytunnel you easily grow over wintering crops that will keep producing into the spring.
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    This variety was bred in the 19th century by a then, small independant Scottish seed company ‘Dobbies’ which down the years has now morphed into a chain that is part of the Tesco empire. They are very sweet beets with long tapered roots that can be cut to cook without the colour bleeding.
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    This is one variety of a whole collection of Irish grown flax/linseed that was stored in the Vavilov Gene Bank of Russia. We have been growing and conserving it over the past few years here at Capparoe. This is most likely a fibre variety but seeds can still be used for nutritious super food. Certified Organic
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    An Italian heirloom bean that grows well here, as Micheal Viney from Mayo says ‘gave an outstanding crop in my tunnel, almost too vigorous’. The plants climb very quickly producing an abundant crop of delicious flat green podded beans late season. They are good for growing outdoors. A supporter in Kerry had great success using them as dry storage beans. Certified Organic
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    A Dutch heirloom with beans up to 16cm long, streaked purple that are delicious both fresh and as podded beans. Certified Organic
  • Translates as ‘Great Good’, this pea has been around since 1872 and with good reason. Described as ‘a willing giant of a pea, brimming with health and large luscious pods’. Needs firm supports.
  • This is a rare old landrace variety. It was maintained by a family in the mountains of the Swabinalb Region in Germany. This swede is a lovely uniform, very sweet medium-sized root with great flavour. It has good resistance to boron deficiency. Certified Organic
  • A favourite of Mona one of our seed guardians who has saved seed of this variety for over 15 years. A cordon giving a plentiful supply of sweet, sweet round medium size bright yellow fruit. Certified Organic
  • Twiggy Pea

    From the Court of Eden seed savers in Holland. These pea plants are quite remarkable with beautiful extensively curled ‘twig’ like tendrils. Approx. 1.2m tall, pods full with up to 8 peas, excellent flavour.
  • A cordon tomato bearing lovely yellow fruits of varying sizes some up to beefsteak-size.  They ripen to a deep glowing orange with a pleasant flavour, great for making sauces as well as sliced fresh. Certified Organic
  • This was a popular variety commonly grown in the north and given to us by John McCormack of Co. Down. It grows quite upright, ‘high’ on the surface thus not prone to soil pests like eel worm. Good purple colour, sweet tasty flesh and hardy through the winter. Many grow to a good size. If you prefer small Swedes, delay the sowing and planting until the very end of June.
  • This bush bean came from one the European seed shares and is a traditional variety for 'drying beans' the plants are healthy and uniform. Leave pods on the vine for as long as possible until they have dried to a parchment. The lovely amber-brown beans inside will need further drying indoors to store for winter to use in soup, stew, casseroles, risotto, etc. Once dried they will need soaking for a few hours before cooking. Certified Organic
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    This is a productive and reliable cordon variety with heavy trusses of medium cherry fruit with a very mild and pleasant flavour, continuing to produce well into late autumn. Certified Organic
  • York Swede

    Sometimes known as York Purple Top, it has the distinction of being grand champion at the royal winter Fair in Toronto. Smooth, uniform, fine quality roots with purple shoulders and sweet yellow flesh. Small to medium in size and excellent winter keeper.
    Certified Organic
  • An Italian heirloom with red plum shaped medium size fruit with thin skin. Good 'meaty' flesh with a rich classic tomato flavour ideal for salads but especially loved for drying as this variety retains both flavour and colour when dried. Fast growing plant with weighty clusters of tomatoes. Certified Organic
  • ‘Stamme’ is an old variety from Norway and the word itself translates as, ‘tribe, trunk, sense of belonging, strength, rootedness’. We got the original seed from a gene bank and found the variety to be of mixed types but grows’ well in our short, cool summer. We have gradually been selecting different strains from the original and this is one with gold globe shaped bulbs. You may find a few that display other traits like slightly red skin or flesh or more flattened bulbs, but you could also start your own Stamme adapted line.
    Certified Organic
  • Hopi Red Dye Amaranthus

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    This one came from the Hopi people of Arizona and New Mexico, so called because they used the stems to make a food colouring for their bread ‘Piki’. The leaves can be used like a spinach, and are an excellent source of many vitamins, proteins and trace elements. The plants can grow up to 1.4 m, the flowers a vibrant, rich deep red make a stunning display, hanging in cascades 30-60cm long.  Needs some staking. Certified Organic
  • This is a brassica plant also known as ‘Chinese Violet Cress’, used for salad or cooking greens. Coming originally from China made popular by Joy Larkom's recommendation, it gives mild but tasty leaves through the winter, followed by beautiful violet flowers in spring which are also edible. Certified Organic
  • This variety a real wonder, originally as the name suggests of Russian heritage, it produces amazing fruit subtle shades of golden/yellow/green, with darker green striping. They are beefsteak like in shape and size and have a delicious tart flavour with deep sweet overtones. Very, very juicy perfect for slicing fresh, but as a fried or grilled tomato they are sublime. Perhaps the origin of the famous ‘Fried green tomato’! Certified Organic
  • This onion is from the Wellesbourne Gene Bank, UK. It is most probably quite rare. Lafort is a historic family name from the Guyenne region in South West France, now better known as the Dordogne, so this is possibly where the variety originated. The onions are lovely golden tear-drop shaped globes of good size and flavour. Stores well. Certified Organic
  • The original seed came from the Arche Noah – the Austrian Seed Savers Organisation. This is a round yellow radish and has a delicious sweet flavour. Favoured by Deirdre, one of our gardeners, due to its medium heat and sweetness. Certified Organic
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