By Fergus Walker
Spring will soon be here, and the Seed Truck is busy building a mini mobile Seed Store. We are getting ready to order a great big stock of seeds – but before we do that, we need your help to choose which varieties we get!
We’re going to kit out a whole wall of the Seed Truck with a big rack of drawers, labelled A-Z, fill them up with varieties of heritage and non-hybrid seeds (so that you can save your seed for next year), and then we will be ready to set out on the road. We will be putting on a number of free seed events in the next couple of months to distribute our treasure to all the keen gardeners out there – and swap seeds too. If you have some seeds that you saved from last year – or some left over from an over enthusiastic seed order, we would love to add them to our collection.
But we want to make sure that the varieties that we put in our collection are ones that grow well in Scotland – that will withstand the wind and rain, or pesky pests, or floods (as with most of Scotland last year) or droughts (as with the Hebrides) – as well as those varieties that are difficult to grow but worth it just for the taste, or ones that give a huge crop, or store really well, or keep you going in the darkest depths of winter. So here’s an example list of veg that we want your help with (not an exclusive list – just what I could think of right now!):
beetroot, broad beans, french nbroccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, garlic, french beans, lettuce, onions, pak choi, peas, potatoes, radish, salad, raspberries, rhubarb, runner beans, french beans shallots, spinach, turnips, carrots, courgettes, cucumber, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, jerusalem artichokes, kale, leeks, parsnips, celeriac, celery, chard, fennel, peppers, chillies, onions, potatoes, pumpkins, squash, slads, swede, asparagus, chicory, mushrooms, basil, chives, coriander, dill, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, sorrel, thyme, bay, lovage, marjoram.
And while we’re at it, you might as well suggest your favourite varieties of fruits too – for example:
raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, brambles, redcurrants, worcesterberries, tayberries, gooseberries, apple, pear, plum, damson, cherry
Please send answers to the following questions on a postcard to the Fife Diet office, or as a comment on this post, or a tweet @theseedtruck
I’ll go first: my favourite variety of potato is King Edward, because it tastes great, has quite a good yield, and seems to be quite disease resistant, storing well.