The Root Vegetable Collection.
Root vegetables are the starchy tubers and taproots of plants. If we let them be, they would provide the plant with needed nourishment to thrive. Instead, we pull them up and eat them and all their inherent sweet, starchy, vitamin-laden yummy-ness.
Root vegetables are one of the delights of the autumn season and are becoming ever more popular to grow at home. One of the main benefits of growing them is that almost all of them can be stored after harvesting and they will keep well so they are perfect winter vegetables.
Don’t let your vegetable plot stand empty and neglected over winter. There are plenty of winter vegetables to grow throughout the coldest months. Their robust, earthy flavours are perfectly suited to soups, stews and other warming dishes.
The Root Vegetable Collection contains eight packs of seed at a discounted price.
Carrot 'Autumn King'
Unless you have tasted the stunning sweetness of a carrot pulled from your own garden – in the dead of winter – you haven’t really tasted a carrot!
This favourite of home gardeners can be grown as a maincrop or late variety. It resists greening and splitting so stores well left in the ground and is a good variety for storing.
Parsnip 'Tender and True'
Parsnip Tender and True is a popular variety which forms long roots of high quality that are at least 7cm (3in) wide across at the top. It has good resistance to canker and is probably one of the best flavoured varieties to use for both the kitchen and exhibition. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, Turnip ‘Snowball’ is a very popular first-class, globe variety with solid flesh and a juicy, sweet, mild flavour. They are a fast crop, being ready in just five to eight weeks from sowing and are best harvested when no larger than a tennis ball.
Swede is an excellent autumn and winter vegetable. In the past it has been undervalued but recently this crop is going through a mini revival. Swede 'Marion' has been bred in Wales, this high yielding variety has all the plus points. A reliable cropper, it will produce uniform purple topped, globe shaped roots with yellow flesh, a splendid flavour and fine texture with the bonus of resistance to club root and mildew.
Celeriac 'Giant Prague'
Celeriac Prague is crisp and delicious, and it keeps all winter, but it is definitely not a looker. It offers fine-grained white flesh with a taste that is reminiscent of the main ingredients in Waldorf salad: celery, apples, and walnuts. Once you’ve grown it and tasted its exquisite flavour you’ll realise that ugly is only skin deep.
Kohl Rabi 'Delicacy Purple'
'Delicacy Purple' is much improved over the previous Vienna varieties, producing a crop that is slightly more tender and with more flavour, it has good standing ability, is low growing and matures quickly, progressing from sowing to harvesting in a couple of months.
Beetroot Bikores produces smooth-skinned red roots with dark-red flesh, it is a fairly sweet beetroot with a full and rounded flavour and has consistently been one of the highest ranking beetroot in taste tests. It is resistant to bolting and suitable for early sowing under cloches and for maincrop use.
Radish 'French Breakfast 3'
Introduced before 1885, this variety was a favorite among French market gardeners, who considered it both attractive and tasty. Today, the 'French Breakfast' is still considered a first-rate radish.
French Breakfast is a solid, sweet, cylindrical shaped radish that sports crimson shoulders and a white tip. It is quick-growing, with crisp, tender roots and a sweet mild flavour. Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany and awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
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Common Name Eight packets of seeds.