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Colourful veg stars at Mr. Fothergill’s

Radish Viola. Picture; Mr Fothergill's
Radish Viola. Picture; Mr Fothergill's

From purple radishes to yellow chillies

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Cover star radish Viola. Picture; Mr. Fothergill’s

It seems Mr Fothergill’s is going through a purple patch if customers are anything to go by – they voted radish Viola as the cover star of the 2017 seed catalogue.

The radish’s large, crisp roots are violet-skinned and have crisp, tasty flesh which doesn’t bolt or split and is ready for lifting 36-40 days after sowing. A packet of 250 seeds costs £2.19. Their strong tops make pulling them easy, too.

Second-placed Zinnia Solmar Mixed F1 is an early flowering mix with large flower heads that last well and have good heat and drought tolerance, plus excellent disease resistance. A packet of 20 seeds costs £3.99.

Third-placed chilli pepper Biquino Yellow is a small-fruited, teardrop-shaped strain from Brazil. Relatively mild and with a rather smoky flavour, the fruits are good in salads and stir-fries, eye-catching as a garnish, while the plants are ornamental. A packet of 10 seeds costs £2.35.

Also new for the Year of the Zinnia is Purple Prince (£2.19 for 75 seeds), with its intense rosy-purple blooms – it needs little care to put on a summer-long display.

2017 is also the Year of the Bean and Mr Fothergill’s has several new varieties. Luz de Otono (£2.99 for 65 seeds) is the first autumn-cropping broad bean, while high-yielding climbing bean Python (£3.25 for 50 seeds) and runner beans Guinness Record (£3.25 for 45 seeds) self-pollinating Snowdrift (£3.25 for 40 seeds) and peach-flowered Aurora (£3.35 for 45 seeds) are all exclusive to Mr Fothergill’s.

For more information, visit www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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