Seed overload

Both my mum and my sister bought me some seeds for Christmas and when you add them together with those I ordered myself, I probably have enough for everyone at my allotments, never mind just my plot.

These ones which my sister bought me are especially exciting: ‘Pipiche’, a kind of mexican herb, and ‘chocolate cherry’ tomatoes. They’re both from the Real Seed Catalogue.

Seeds from the Real Seed Catalogue


The Pipiche is described as citrusy-coriander and it has blue flowers with no petals. I’ll probably grow this in a pot on the front patio at home, along with my other herbs, rather than at the allotment, as I like having herbs outside the front door where my sous chef can be sent to pick them as I cook dinner.

The cherry tomatoes should end up as small purple-brown fruits like these:


The rest of the seeds I have include nasturtiums, beetroot, a mystery mix of radishes, runner beans, a couple of other varieties of tomatoes including some yellow ones, rainbow chard, kale, parnsips, French beans, purple sprouting brocolli, mange tout, radiccio (or chicory) and a few varieities of chilli peppers including padron.


I think it’s a good mix of easy-to-grow choices and things I’ve grown successfully before like the runner beans and broccoli, plus some more experimental options like the radiccio and chilli peppers. I really hope we get some padrons so I can grill them with salt like the ones we ate in Spain last year.

Now we just need the snow and hailstones to stop and spring to arrive so I can get on with sowing them all.



4 thoughts on “Seed overload

  1. It’s such a difficult time of year, I’m itching to get back to growing but the weather isn’t and I’m tempted to buy all the seeds! Looking forward to see how you go with the padrons, I thought about growing them but I just have too much else going on and shelved it for another year!

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