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Brexit Preppers Food Growing Survival Kit

Brexit Preppers Food Growing Survival Kit. Picture; Franchi Seeds of Italy
Brexit Preppers Food Growing Survival Kit. Picture; Franchi

Franchi Seeds’ response to internet ‘prepper’ sites – feed the family for a year

Don’t panic! Worried about vegetable availability after Brexit? Well, you can grow enough to feed your family for a year.

In response to the Brexit ‘prepper’ websites (survivalists who prepare for REALLY bad things), Franchi Seeds has launched a Brexit Preppers Food Growing Survival Kit of 12 easy varieties that will feed a family for a year.

Launched with just one tweet, it was picked up and multiplied on various social media platforms.

Franchi’s Paolo Arrigo said: “Based on fears of the negative consequences of a no-deal Brexit, prepper pages have boomed.

Feeding the family

“They are telling us that they are buying our seeds to help feed their families and interestingly, the mix is across the voting spectrum.

“We have been planning this for months but the time to launch it now is clearly well-timed given the response from press and sales.

“We have put together a range of seeds that anyone can grow with minimal equipment or experience in containers which can be eaten fresh, raw, cooked or preserved, with something to sow or harvest throughout the year for continuous food supplies.”

The pack contains everything you need to help feed your family for a calendar year with varieties that:

  • Are straightforward or easy to grow
  • Can be grown in containers or in the ground
  • Can be sown and harvested all year
  • Grow quickly or have good storing properties
  • Have good nutritional value that can be eaten raw or cooked
  • Can be sown in succession for continuous crops
  • Can be grown without special equipment 

Franchi BiodiversityVegetable seed varieties

  • Carrot Parisier Market: Easy to grow even in heavy soil. Stagger sowing. Sow March-July, harvest until September.
  • Lamb’s lettuce (corn salad): Easy to grow, resists the cold. Nutritional. Sow February-May and again July-September, harvest May-August and September-December.
  • Spinach: Four harvests possible per year. Full of iron. Sow February-May and August-October, harvest May-July and September-December.
  • Broad beans: Two harvests per year. Dry or eat fresh. Sow February-May and September-November, harvest in summer and spring.
  • Cut-and-come-again lettuce: Sow every three weeks for continuous harvest until the first frosts. Sow March-September, harvest May-November.
  • Friarielli broccoli: Fast-growing brocoletti, healthy and easy to grow. Sow May-August, harvest late summer and autumn.
  • Kale Cavolo Nero: Completely winter hardy. Steam, boil, use in stews or soups. Sow May-July, harvest through the winter.
  • Pea dwarf: Two harvests, nutritional, can be dried or frozen. Sow February-April and September-November, harvest late summer and spring.
  • Borlotto bean dwarf: Shell and dry or freeze. Use in stews, soups, casseroles. Sow March-June, harvest late summer.
  • French bean Ferrari: Easy to grow. Beans mature at same time at same length so ideal for freezing. Sow March-June, harvest late summer.
  • Tomato Principe Borghese: Source of vitamins. Can be dried or frozen or made into sauces. Sow spring, harvest summer.
  • Pumpkin Delica: Can be stored through winter. The edible flowers are delicious in omelettes once the crown has been removed. Sow March-June, harvest summer and autumn
Celebrating biodiversity in the Seeds of Italy cataloue 2019. Picture; Franchi
Celebrating biodiversity in the Seeds of Italy cataloue 2019. Picture; Franchi

Basic seed sowing instructions – Paolo’s advice

It is very easy to over-complicate growing veg. Plant them at the proper time and depth one fist apart (tomato 40cm) in soil and water them when dry.

You can grow them in garden soil or buy grow bags from your garden centre, which are not expensive

Try and plant them in at least 60 per cent sun, the tomato 75 per cent. Feed the pumpkin and tomato with plant food in the summer.

Harvest all year. In a protected space like a greenhouse or balcony, you might be able to extend seasons. Performance is subject to conditions.

Seed sowing guide

Spring: Carrot, lamb’s lettuce, lettuce, French bean, tomato, spinach, pumpkin, pea, broad bean, Borlotto bean.
Summer: Carrot, lettuce, kale, French bean, broccoli, Borlotto bean.
Autumn/winter: Lamb’s lettuce, spinach, pea, broad bean.

The seeds will be available at garden centres and stockists but you can order from the website now, price £19.99, saving £9.75, visit www.seedsofitaly.com.

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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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