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Beta vulgaris is
one of the few vegetables native to this part of the world. Its ansestor is the sea beet found on beaches around here.

Beetroot is an easy vegetable to grow. They are one of the few vegetables developed from a species native to Ireland and their ancestors can be seen as 'Sea Beet' on beaches. This is why they are so well suited to our conditions.
Sow them in the ground from April to August. If you want a really early crop, start them under cover in February or March. The seeds are in clusters containing several seeds in each. Sow each cluster 3cm apart in rows 2cm deep and 25cm between rows. When the seeds have germinated, thin out to the strongest seedlings, roughly 10cm apart. Keep well weeded.
Pick the Beetroot while they are young and tender, before they get to tennis ball size.
The later plantings can be left out all winter providing roots and leaves.

Leaf Beet or Chard is a different version of the same plant where the leaves are used instead of the root. Chard doesn't need much manure but likes lots of light. Sow the seeds 2cm apart directly the ground in April or whenever it has warmed up enough for you to work in your shirt-sleeves. Lace about 30cm between rows. If you want a really early crop, start them under cover in February or March. You can carry on sowing them till the first week in August to have small leaves throughout the winter. Harvest the leaves when small for best flavour.


Spinach is believed to have originated in ancient Persia and spread across the ancient world by Arab traders. It is a bit trickier to grow as it demands warmer, more fertile soil and short days for it to grow large, without bolting. The seeds should be sown in modules in early spring and planted out when the days are warm. In late summer it can be sown directly in the ground. Spinach is a great crop to overwinter in a polytunnel providing an early crop and finishing before tomatoes etc need to be planted out.

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New Zealand Spinach
New Zealand Spinach
Our Price: €2.50

Tetragonia tetragonioides An antipodean perennial plant whose leaves were used by Captain Cook on the Endeavour, to fight scurvy. As the leaves contain oxalic acid they should be blanched and rinsed in cold water, before cooking. It does not bolt in hot weather, and it has a high vitamin C content. Sow in spring and plant out after last frost. Seeds can take several weeks to germinate. Average 25 seeds per packet.
Abundant Bloomsdale
Abundant Bloomsdale
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Spinacia oleracea We are so delighted to be bringing you this new spinach bred by a collaborative project with organic farmers and the Organic Seed Alliance, and released under the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) to keep seeds unpatented and in the hands of the people for all times. A highly productive variety with slightly savoyed leaves. Can be planted in spring for a summer crop or in late summer for an autumn crop. Sow thinly and thin to 15cm. Average seeds per packet 200
Bright Lights
Bright Lights
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Multicoloured stems from white through yellows and pinks to deep red. The stems can be cooked separately from the and spinach-like leaves providing two vegetables on the same plant. Chard is hardy and over-winters in the garden providing useful spring greens before bolting. Average seeds per packet 100
Chioggia Pink
Chioggia Pink
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Beetroot: Beta vulgaris, A pink skinned beetroot with concentric circles of pink and white flesh inside.
Laura-Anne
Laura-Anne
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Beta vulgaris. The result of an on farm cross, between Sanguina and a French heirloom variety, yielding  deep red beet suitable for cooking and pickling, with very good flavour. Sow directly in the ground from February to July. Thin to 20cm.
   
 
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