Southend Apple Day 2016

It was lovely to be joined by our friends from Essex Bees, Southend in Transition and Southend Dormouse Group at St Laurence Orchard on Saturday 8 October.  Our apples came from both local outlets and Crapes Frut Farm, near Colchester, a specialist farm offering many varieties of applies.

Photos by kind permission of Matt King, CEO, Trust Links –

SE Essex Seed Potato Day: Saturday 25 February 2017

SE Essex Seed Potato Day is organised and run entirely by volunteers from both SE Essex Organic Gardeners and local charity, Trust Links. Please do put the date in your diary!  Plus onion sets, garlic and organic fertiliser! Potatoes are usually classified by length of growing season. We set them out in order of length; First Earlies have the shortest season, Late Maincrops the longest. You can actually plant them when you want, but you do best to grow them as soon as the climate permits. Our list of seed potatoes ordered (as at 7/10/2016) is… First Early Accent Colleen (organic) Epicure Foremost Home Guard Lady Christl Orla (organic) Red Duke of York Rocket Ulster Prince Ulster Sceptre Winston Second Early Anya Bonnie British Queen (organic) Charlotte (organic) Kestrel Marfona Maris Peer (organic) Nicola Salad Blue (organic) Wilja Early Maincrop Ambo (organic) Amour Apache Bambino (organic) Blue Belle Desiree (organic) Highland Burgundy Red (organic) International Kidney Maris Piper Milva Mozart Pentland Dell Picass Rooster Late Maincrop Arran Victory (organic) Cara (organic) Golden Wonder (organic) Kerr’s Pink Linda (organic) Pink Fir Apple (organic) Sarpo Axona Sarpo Mira (organic) Valor (organic) Notes The potato is known botanically as Solanum tuberosum. Apache has genes introduced from T. phureja as well. Some say they have shorter cooking times. We are pleased to include Sarpo varieties which are remarkably resistant to blight. Sarpo Mira and Sarpo Axona continue growing after repeated attacks of foliar blight. 7 October 2016 … [Read more…]