Snowdrop – the flower of hope

One of the first flowers to appear each year the snowdrop brings hope that spring is just around the corner. Native to large parts of Europe and the Middle East the snowdrop’s botanical name is Galanthus, in Greek meaning “gala” for milk (white) and “anthos” for flower.

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The Art of Grafting

It would be easy to think that the art of grafting one plant onto the rootstock of another is relatively new but in fact evidence exists of it having been used in horticulture as far back as 300BC.

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Seed potatoes – To Chit or not to Chit?

Once you have bought your seed potatoes the question is whether or not you need to chit them and this is a question that has been long debated. We at Suttons believe it to be vital with first early and second early varieties and still a good idea, although not essential, with main crop varieties.

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Letter to our Customers January 1st 1915

One hundred years ago huge efforts were being made to produce much needed home-grown food  and to use all available land as “wisely” as possible. Suttons were very much at the forefront of this effort, not only supplying the necessary seeds but also offering help and guidance to those who had never before needed to produce their own food. The following letter was posted at the very front of the 2015 Suttons Seed catalogue.
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Allotment in the snow

January Allotment Tips

My allotment is currently frozen solid and almost resembles an arctic tundra as I write.

The end of the Christmas period heralded the coldest snap of the winter so far. And to spend time on the wintery allotment is magical indeed. It is deathly quiet and unspoilt for one thing. Everything is on hold-shut down almost , in a state of temporary suspended animation. This state won’t last for long!

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