Grow a rainbow

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There are so many seeds out there that it can be hard to choose what to go for (though picking your seeds at a garden centre is half the fun of gardening). I tend to opt for things that are either easy and plentiful to grow (radishes, peas, lettuce, tomatoes), expensive to buy (sorrel, rocket, asparagus, herbs) or hard to get hold of in the shops (anything weird and wonderful). The latter category contains numerous things I’d never heard of until I got into gardening – and is also a good way of getting kids into growing their own produce because the end result is so different from anything you can buy in the supermarket.  Here are just a few of the options:

OK, it might be a bit gimmicky but I enjoy being able to put a new and unexpected ingredient into salad (of the tasty variety rather than an errant slug) and it’s a good way to get kids to eat vegetables, or at least give them a go.


  1. Carrots are orange for entirely political reasons: in the 17th century, Dutch growers cultivated orange carrots as a tribute to William of Orange – who lead the the struggle for Dutch independence – and the color stuck. A thousand years of yellow, white and purple carrot history, was wiped out in a generation.

  2. I tend to get them on Amazon (all the ones listed here should be linked – let me know if any don’t work, though I checked them asll so they should) That said, you can find some fab stuff at garden centres too – let me know if you fancy a gardening centre trip once you feel better

  3. I love this – where do you find seeds promising nibbles of such technicolour hue?

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