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Tomato Cossack Thompson & Morgan
Similar to ‘Moneymaker’ the ‘Cossack’ tomato produces high yields of delicious, medium sized fruits weighing at least 75g. With excellent resistance to TMV, Fusarium and Cladosporium they are the perfect addition to a greenhouse or sunny patio. They have an extended period of cropping when grown cold compared to other varieties, and are early to ripen, making them a brilliant garden variety.
When sowing, choose a location with full sun. Sow from February to March, on the surface of good quality, free draining and moist seed compost, and then cover with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite.
Place in a propagator at a temperature of between 18 – 20C until germination which can take up to 14 days. When your seedlings are large enough transplant into individual 7.5cm pots of compost and grow at a minimum temperature of 15C. Your tomatoes will be ready to harvest from June until September.
Cucumber Bella Thompson & Morgan
‘Bella’ is an all female cucumber that produces vigorously growing plants, featuring heavy crops of long and slightly ribbed fruits. High quality, this variety has wonderful colouring and flavour with no bitter aftertaste. They have a good tolerance to powdery mildew and are one of the most reliable cucumber varieties for unheated greenhouses.
If growing in a greenhouse, the greenhouse must be warm to humid with a minimum temperature of 15C.
Sow your cucumber seeds from early March to April for indoor cropping. Sow your cucumber seeds on their side at a depth of 1cm in 7.5cm pots with free-draining seed compost. Place in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag at a temperature of 20C until germination which will take 7-10 days. Protect any emerging seedlings from direct sunlight to avoid scorching. Keep the compost moist but not wet.
When grown transplant them at a spacing of 45cm apart in a warm and humid greenhouse or conservatory.
Radish Scarlet Globe Thompson & Morgan
The ‘Scarlet Globe’ Radish is an extremely popular and easy to grow radish variety that produces bright red and evenly shaped roots with pure white and crisp, moist flesh with a mild, peppery flavour. It is tolerant of warm weather and only takes 22 days until harvest.
The seeds will germinate between 14 -30C which makes them a long crop to grow, suitable for sowing and harvesting throughout the spring and summer. They can be grown as a ‘catch crop’ between slower growing vegetables.
Radishes are fast maturing and easy to grow, as long as there is sun and moist, fertile and well-drained soil even in the smallest garden plot.
Well suited to containers, sow in loam based compost and keep well watered in dry conditions and they will grow like normal.
The radish greens can be used in a variety of dishes, and can be added to blended drinks and salads. They are incredibly versatile!
Prepare you site beforehand, and your radishes will grow if adequate moisture is maintained.
Sow indoors from late winter or directly outdoors from late spring to early autumn. Make a succession of plantings in short rows every 10 to 14 days in spaces between slow-maturing vegetables. Sow thinly 1.5cm apart and keep moist. Thin out at necessary. Proper thinning will focus the harvest. Slower development will make your radishes hot in flavour and woody in texture. Repeat your sowings every two or three weeks to ensure a continuous supply.
Your radishes will be ready to harvest in only 21 days after sowing for a young crop. Radishes will only remain edible for a short time before becoming pity and hot.
Harvest Time: April,May,June,July,August,September,October
Tomato Ferline F1 Hybrid Thompson & Morgan
Declared one of the most delicious tomato varieties, the ‘Ferline’ produces heavy crops of deep red fruits that can be up to 150gm in weight.
They have a good resistance to Verticillum and Fusarium Wilt, and they grow vigorously with an excellent flavour. They will thrive if grown in a kitchen garden or greenhouse, but may also be grown outdoors.
For greenhouse cultivation, sow your seeds from February to March. If you are planning on growing your seeds outdoors, sow from March to April.
Sow your seeds on the surface of good quality, free-draining, moist, seed sowing mix and cover with a thin layer of compost or vermiculite. Place your trays in a propagator at a temperature of 15 – 20C until after germination which can take up to 14 days. When your seedlings have 2 true leaves, transplant them into 7.5cm pots individually and grow on at a temperature of 15C.
If growing in a heated greenhouse, transplant at the end of May, or once the first flowers show if earlier. Allow 3 plants per growbag, 1 per25cm pot or directly into greenhouse soil.
If growing outdoors wait until there is no risk of frost. Acclimatise your plants to outdoor conditions for up to 10 days before planting out in early June, when your plants are at least 20cm tall. Plant in a sheltered but sunny location at a distance of 60cm apart. Use a cane to support them as they grow, tying the main stems with soft garden twine.
Harvest Time: July,August,September
Cucumber Carmen Thompson & Morgan
The ‘Carmen’ Cucumber is a wonderful all-female variety with a superb resistance to powdery mildew, scab and leaf-spot. The fruits are cylindrical, straight, slightly ribbed and dark with a gloss, and short neck. Growing to up to 40cm long, they keep well once picked.
Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit the fruits are produced in abundance and it is known to produce up to 40 fruits per plant.
This greenhouse variety is easy to train and the fruits give an excellent exhibition.
When growing cucumbers in a greenhouse, be sure that they have a warm and humid location, with a minimum temperature of 15C.
Sow your cucumber seeds from March to April, on the seeds side, at a depth of 1cm in 7.5cm pots with free draining seed compost. Place in a propagator or in a polythene bag at a temperature of 20C until germination, which can take up to 10 days. Protect any emerging seedlings from direct sunlight to avoid scorching.
Grow on until they are large enough to be transplanted into larger pots or in a growbag at a spacing of 45cm apart. Keep the compost moist but not wet and the location warm and humid.
Tomato Apero Thompson & Morgan
‘Apero’ tomatoes are some of the finest tasting cherry plum tomatoes and it’s easy to understand why. They have wonderful disease resistance and a strong growth which makes them the perfect variety for home gardeners. They will grow and thrive outdoors in containers as well as in a greenhouse which means that everyone can enjoy the large crops and delicious fruit!
Sow from late April to May in well drained and fertile compost. Position in a location with full sun and water as necessary.
Harvest Time: July, August, September, October
Cucumber Mini Munch Thompson & Morgan
The ‘Mini Munch’ Cucumber is an all female variety that is a particularly heavy cropper, if harvested regularly. Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit, ‘Mini Munch’ makes the perfect lunchbox snack if picked when young, at a length of 7cm. If picked when more mature they make a perfect addition when sliced and put into salads or sandwiches.
They have a crunchy texture and delicious flavour and are best eaten straight from the plant.
When growing, the conditions of your greenhouse or conservatory must be warm and humid, at a temperature of 15C. Sow your seeds from early March to April and then transplant outdoors later on. Sow your cucumber seed on their side at a depth of 1cm in 7.5cm pots with free-draining, seed sowing compost. Place inside a propagator or seal inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 20C until germination, which can take up to 10 days. Protect any emerging seedlings from direct sunlight to avoid scorching. Grow on until large enough to handle, keeping the compost moist but not wet.
Transplant them into a growbag or 45cm apart in a warm and humid greenhouse. Plant at a distance of 90cm apart. Water well until they are fully established.
Harvest: June to October
Tomato Cherrola F1 Thompson & Morgan
The ‘Cherrola’ tomato features long trusses of up to 20 well-spaced, deep red fruits that weigh 20g on average. The appetizing cherry tomatoes have an excellent balance of sweet and sour giving the fruits an outstanding flavour. Ideal for salads and sandwiches, or to be eaten straight from the garden as a nutritious snack! This heavy cropping variety is suitable for growing outdoors or under glass where they will ripen particularly early.
For greenhouse cultivation, sow from February to March. For outdoor cultivation, sow from March to April.
Sow your seeds on the surface of good quality, free-draining, seed compost and cover with a fine layer of vermiculite or compost. Place seed trays in a propagator at a temperature of 15 – 20C until germination, which will take 7 – 14 days. When your seedlings are large enough transplant into individual 7.5cm pots of compost and grow at a minimum temperature of 15C.
If growing in a heated glasshouse, transplant at the end of May when the first flowers are showing. Allow three plants per growbag or one per 25cm pot. Plant directly into greenhouse soil.
If growing outdoors, wait until there is no risk of frost before transplanting. Acclimatise them to outdoor conditions for 10 days before planting out from early June when the plants are 20cm tall. Choose a sheltered position with full sunlight and fertile, well drained soil. Transplant at a distance to 60cm apart. Use a cane for each plant to support them as they grow.
Harvest Time: July,August,September,October
Lettuce Tantan Thompson & Morgan
A slightly larger Little Gem type which is similar in flavour, but Lettuce Tin Tin has slightly more ‘bubbled’ leaves, giving it a more distinctive appearance. Lettuce Tin Tin is ready to harvest approximately 11 weeks from sowing with delicious crisp, ‘romaine’ hearts that stand well during hot summer weather. Suitable for ‘cut and come again’, baby leaf or mature hearts. Seeds are in the RHS Vegetable Collection.
Onion Salad Apache (Deep Purple) Thompson & Morgan
The ‘Apache’ Salad Onion features attractive deep purple bulbs with a mild flavour and crisp texture. Their purple skin emerges with a silver outer skin and when peeled the contrasting colour adds an interesting element to salads.
Part of the RHS Vegetable Collection ‘Apache’ is perfect for growing in containers, or outdoors throughout the season.
Sow your onions in spring in good fertile and well drained soil. Sow your seeds from late winter to early summer at 3 week intervals, and for early cropping sow in autumn and over winter.
Sow thinly 6mm deep and in drills 15cm apart. No thinning is required and you can start harvesting in only 6-8 weeks after sowing.
Harvest Time: June,July,August,September,October
Childrens Tomato Tigerella (Mr Stripey) Thompson & Morgan
The Children’s Tomato Tigerella, also known as ‘Mr Stripey’ is a heavy-cropping variety of bright red tomatoes featuring tiger-like yellow stripes. The sizes vary from very small cherry tomatoes to giant ‘Beefsteak’ sizes that taste great in sandwiches. Unusual because of its yellow and orange stripes, they are perfect for encouraging young gardeners to start on fruits and vegetables.
Sow indoors in 7.5 pots with moist compost. Sprinkle the seeds over the surface of the compost and cover with a thin layer of compost. Put your pots in a polythene bag or propagator at a temperature between 18-20C. Keep the compost moist but not wet and give 7-14 days to germinate.
Once your plants are large enough to handle, transplant your seedlings into their own 7.5cm pots. Position in full sunlight, and once all risk of frost has passed plant outside spaced 45cm apart. It would be best to acclimatise your tomatoes to outdoor conditions for at least 7 days before potting out.
Pinch out shoots as they appear and this will encourage more tomatoes to grow from August onwards.
Feed your tomato plants with tomato fertiliser throughout the growing period, and your tomatoes will be ready to crop from August.
Tomato Sweet N Neat Cherry Red Thompson & Morgan
The ‘Sweet N Neat’ variety is the perfect addition to balconies or patios. A super compact and upright bush variety that reaches only 30cm tall, which mean they will even grow on a sunny windowsill.
The bountiful plant produces sweet, cherry red fruit in grape-like clusters that can be picked continuously throughout summer producing an average of 60-80 fruits!
Very easy to grow at the trusses do not require any support and fruits without side shoots being removed.
For greenhouse cultivation sow your seeds from February to March. If planting outdoors, sow your seeds from March to April.
Sow on the surface of good quality and free-draining seed sowing mix. Place your tray in a propagator with a temperature of 15-20C until after germination which can take 7-14 days. Once your seedlings have gained two true leaves, transplant them into individual 7.5cm pots of compost and grow at a temperature of 15C.
When your tomato plants are well grown, transplant them into your chosen baskets or containers. When all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise them to the outdoor conditions for 7-10 days before positioning your baskets outdoors in full sun.
Height + Spread: 30cm
Harvest Time: July – October