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New vegetable seeds for 2019: my choice

Broccoli Mendocino F1. Picture; Thompson & Morgan
Broccoli Mendocino F1. Picture; Thompson & Morgan

The best of next season’s grow-your-own seeds

If the weather’s getting you down, remember gardening’s always about looking ahead – in this case, to next year’s vegetable crops.

I’ve been delving into the latest catalogues to find the best new seed varieties for grow-your-own fans.

The emphasis is mainly on compact varieties, although there is a Beginner’s Collection from Real Seeds that is too good to miss.

Broccoli All Season Collection

This mix offers seven months of easy pickings from November-May with three British-bred purple sprouting broccoli varieties – Red Admiral F1, Mendocino and Burbank, £3.99, www.thompson-morgan.co.uk.

Lettuce Outredgeous. Picture; Suttons
Lettuce Outredgeous. Picture; Suttons

Lettuce OutREDgeous

The first plant to be grown from seed, harvested and eaten in space.

A red romaine variety with a sweet crunch – harvest late May-late October. Receive a free packet when you spend over £10 on seeds before December 24, 2018, £2.99, www.suttons.co.uk.

Tomato Ruby Falls. Picture; Dobies
Tomato Ruby Falls. Picture; Dobies

Tomato Ruby Falls

The plants produce dense columns of compact plants, perfect for a smaller greenhouse. Large, cherry-sized fruit which are deep red in colour, with green striping which fades as the fruit ripens. The fruit has a sweet, rich flavour. Height 150-200cm (59-79″); spread 30-40cm (12-16″), £3, Rob Smith Heritage Veg Range, www.dobies.co.uk.

Courgette Zephyr F1. Picture; Chiltern Seeds
Courgette Zephyr F1. Picture; Chiltern Seeds

Courgette Zephyr

Creamy-yellow fruits with green tips as though they have been dipped in paint. 1½ft (45cm,) £2.45, www.chilternseeds.co.uk.

Pepper Beauty Bell F1. Picture; Plant World Seeds
Pepper Beauty Bell F1. Picture; Plant World Seeds

Sweet pepper Beauty Bell F1

An early-fruiting pepper with large, thick-walled, square-shaped fruits. They start off green, turn fiery red and are high yielding, suitable for growing in a greenhouse or in a sheltered position outside, £2.25, www.plant-world-seeds.com.

Cucumber Mini Munch. Picture; Mr Fothergill's
Cucumber Mini Munch. Picture; Mr Fothergill’s

Cucumber Mini Munch

A mostly female-flowering variety which sets well to produce multiple fruits per node, to give large crops of snack-sized cucumbers over a long harvest season, £3.95, www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.

Aubergine Clara F1 (organic). Picture; Johnsons
Aubergine Clara F1 (organic). Picture; Johnsons

Aubergine Clara F1 (Organic)

A fast-growing, early variety for reliable crops of attractive, glossy white fruit. Can be grown in a greenhouse or on a sunny, sheltered patio, £2.15, www.johnsons-seeds.com.

Pumpkin Casparita. Picture; DT Brown
Pumpkin Casparita. Picture; DT Brown

Pumpkin Casperita

Small white Munchkin type with sweet tasting pale flesh. Fruits weigh up to 500g and are produced in good numbers on powdery mildew resistant, compact semi-bush plants, £2.59, www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk.

The “Beginner Gardener” Seed Collection

A selection of vegetables that are ideal for the first-time vegetable grower. Contains Flashy Butter Oak lettuce, Giant Red carrot, Golden beetroot, Verde di Italia courgette, Stupice tomato, Cupidon bean, Havel pea, Liesde Hangdown broad bean and Fordhook giant chard, £21.50, www.realseeds.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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