Planting the Seed

Welcome to The Urban Harvest Website!!!

A Big Thanks to everyone who visited our stall at the Natural and Organic Products Expo @ The CTICC.

If you did visit us, we hope you were inspired by our unique range on Services and Products and that you are happy with your complimentary organic seedlings!

If you are holding onto your seedling but wondering what it is and what on earth to do with it, the following is for you:)

Celery stalks are delicious in soups and salads, but i enjoy them most eaten crunchy and raw in the garden – eating your vegetables within a few minutes of harvest will ensure an unbeatable flavor and the highest Nutritional value! Celery also has a medicinal function as a diuretic.

Celery enjoys a cooler environment and should not dry out completely as this will cause it to become quite tough and bitter. Plant in well composted and mulched soil in the shady nooks between tomatoes, dwarf beans and marigolds

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Swiss Chard often referred to as spinach is a relatively hardy leaf crop which can be grown year round and, if planted in the right conditions can continue producing tasty leaves for many seasons. The leaves and stems are perfect for stir frys, soups, stews and salads. Creamed Spinach and feta is delightful in bakes and pies.

Spring Onion, Beetroot and herbs like thyme & oregano are good companions for Chard.

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Crisp Lettuce or Iceberg lettuce is one of the more common lettuce varieties which forms a crisp, relatively tight head. It is used primarily for salads and sandwiches

Like most lettuces it prefers a cooler shadier spot in your vegetable garden – especially in summer.

It can be grow successfully between herbs, garlic, onions, chard, beetroot, cauliflower, cabbage and most other vegetables.

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Green Oak Lettuce is an attractive and tasty leaf crop (ideal for salads and sandwiches) and matures quickly to harvest. Like most lettuces it prefers a cooler shadier spot in your vegetable garden – especially in summer.

It can be grow successfully between herbs, garlic, onions, chard, beetroot, cauliflower and cabbage.

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Red Oak Lettuce is an attractive and tasty leaf crop (ideal for salads and sandwiches) and matures quickly to harvest. Like most lettuces it prefers a cooler shadier spot in your vegetable garden – especially in summer.

It can be grow successfully between herbs, garlic, onions, chard, beetroot, cauliflower and cabbage.

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Bulb Fennel is best known as a culinary herb which forms a delicious sweet, liquorice-flavored bulb ideal for roasting with meat or other vegetables or for soups. It also has medicinal value and aids in digestion.

It can be companion planted with many vegetables but is antagonistic to tomatoes, beans, kholrabi and coriander.

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Thyme is a well loved aromatic culinary herb. It is perennial and hardy which means it will grow through the year and needs much less attention. It will grow in relatively poor soil and will form an attractive and useful ground cover.

Due to its strong smell and insect repelling properties thyme is a wonderful companion plant for most vegetables except strawberries and beans.

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Oregano, much the same as Thyme is a well loved aromatic culinary herb. It is perennial and hardy which means it will grow through the year and needs much less water or attention than most vegetables. It will grow in relatively poor soil.

Due to its strong smell and insect repelling properties Oregano is a wonderful companion plant for most vegetables except strawberries and beans. It works especially well with tomatoes, peppers and basil and can be cooked with them to in pastas, pizzas and salads

Marigold Seeds which you will have received inside our Business card can be planted a few millimeters below the soil surface and between your vegetables. Keep the soil well moist and warm until germination.

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Marigolds are both attractive and very useful in vegetable gardens. Their flowers add Phosphorus to the soil (which is beneficial for plant root development) and attract beneficial predators as well as giving off a strong smell which repels pests.

As such, marigolds are good companions for almost any vegetables and can be dotted around the garden. They also tend to be self seeding – which means in time, you will have your own popping up and wont have to buy seed or seedlings again.

One Response to “Planting the Seed”

  1. Beryl October 20, 2008 at 11:39 am #

    Ben, I think that your company’s concept is brilliant, catering for those who are keen to participate in self-sufficiency but are daunted by their lack of both confidence and know-how. One day when I’m big and have a garden-able space, I’ll be calling your company. I’m telling people about your initiative in the meanwhile and I think your stall at ICC worked well for you. Great stuff!

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