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Medium size roots with cream coloured flesh and a really good flavour make White Gem one of the best older varieties. A popular variety which shows some resistance to canker.
Seed Tapes and Mats are really ingenious idea, and although a fairly recent innovation they are proving to be very popular amongst gardeners of all ages. Using a unique production process, the highest quality seed is spaced between two layers of specialised paper which is then crimped at the edges to form a tape.
How does it work?
The seed is equally spaced along the tape which reduces the need for thinning, saving you time, effort and a potentially sore back! They are much easier to handle than tiny, fiddly seeds and can be cut to a size to suit your plot. Simply prepare your soil as you would for any seed bed, make a shallow drill, lay down your tape watering it as you go along (this stops the tape blowing around and helps breakdown the paper), cover with a thin layer of dark compost and water in well.
Sow outdoors February to May. Make a drill where they are to crop Depth 1.5cm/ Half-inch. Secure one end of the tape with a stone and gently roll out, cover lightly with fine soil. Sow the tapes at 3-4 week intervals for succession of crops Spacing 40cm/16in between rows Thin out If necessary to 20cm/8in apart. Keep well watered during dry spells. Harvest October to February, leave the roots in the ground until required as they improve with autumn frosts. Harvest alternate roots, leaving the others to develop
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