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Vegetables at Downside Nurseries

The vegetable bench is fully stocked now – the first of the kale is ready and there are still peas and sugar peas.  The last sowings of these will be the end of May.
It is warm enough now for sweetcorn, courgettes and marrows to go out.  All the beans are ready and enjoying the warmer nights.
‘Which? Gardening’ has a useful article this month on crops to follow early potatoes – Swiss chard, lettuce, Pak Choi and Kale.  Sprouts and Purple Sprouting Broccoli should really go in earlier, but as many of you like to plant later we will keep them in stock.  Lettuce will be available right through until the autumn.
If you fancy something different, we have a few Sea Kale (Crambe Maritima).  These look like the ornamental crambe cordifolia  but a lot smaller.  You force the crowns like rhubarb in the spring. They would look very well in a potager.
The image below is of a courgette.
Check out our vegetable and salad stock available at the beginning of the season here

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