Plant sale – bring and buy – Saturday 25 May

Bring-And-Buy Plant Sale Saturday 25th May 9.30 To 12.00 in Brightling Village Hall

This is our annual event to raise funds to support  ever-increasing cost of the hire of the marquee for this year’s Flower Show.  We would love to sell any spare plants  or produce you are able to donate. Does anyone have a glut of rhubarb?

You will be able to buy an “ instant “ vegetable garden as we have a wide variety of vegetable plants including tomatoes*, peppers, cucumbers  broad beans , peas etc. We will also have loads of annuals for your borders including interesting varieties and colours of sweet pea, cosmos, cleome, tagetes, nicotiana .    There will also be an interesting range of perennials, succulents  and shrubs and who knows what interesting things may turn up on the day?

We are also keen to recycle  any plant pots or multi -pack trays you may have by  re-using them for the plant stall at the Flower Show. Please bring them along to the sale.

Note the earlier start than usual as it is Heathfield Show  Day but we hope that you will pop is on your way to the show.

If you would like me to pick up any plants or pots for recycling  from you, please give me a ring on  01424 838402

Vanessa Everett

*We now have donations of some amazing tomato plants  of so many different varieties that I have done a descriptive  list for you to peruse.

Tomato Menu – All £1.20 except Sungold

Apero 

By far the finest-tasting cherry tomato on our trials (and a top-seller in the best supermarkets), with good yields of rich red, slightly elongated fruit. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Sow end January-April, harvest June-September. For greenhouse or outdoors.(Cordon variety – One stem grown by pinching off side-shoots as they appear, needs staking and tying in.)

F1 Shirley

Best for showing. Matures early, and crops heavily on short jointed plants. Nicely shaped fruits of fine quality. Resistant to tomato mosaic virus, leaf mould, greenback and fusarium. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Which? Best Buy. (Cordon variety – one stem grown by pinching off side-shoots as they appear, needs staking and tying in.)

Gardener’s Delight

‘Bite-sized’ fruits packed with rich, sweet flavour. Heavy crops borne on long trusses. Which? Best Buy since 1984. (Cordon variety – one stem grown by pinching off side-shoots as they appear, needs staking and tying in.)

Sungold

A superb orange-coloured, cherry-fruited tomato with a vigorous habit, Sungold has a luscious flavour and exceptional sweetness. Grow indoors or out – harvest into the new year in a cool greenhouse! RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. £1.50

Harzfeuer A field variety highly regarded across Europe, belongs to the earliest heterotic hybrids with increased productivity. Thanks to the resistance to adverse weather conditions, including temperature fluctuations, this presented variety may be grown in the open field (in warmer regions). It yields rich harvest for a long time under unheated covers. This variety produces impressive, round, unrippled fruit with a firm skin that does not break and shelters fleshy, sweet, vividly red fruit flesh. These tomatoes will not be affected by green shoulders, nor have hyperpigmented stains. They taste great both raw, for example in sandwiches, and processed.

Costoluto Fiorentino Tomato ‘Costoluto Fiorentino’ is a medium-sized beefsteak tomato which his deeply ridges. It I sa  delicious, juicy Italian variety of tomato which grows and crops very reliably .It’s more prolific and easier to grow than other larger-fruited kinds. Really best under cover, or against a south facing wall.

Brandy Wine

Tomato ‘Brandywine’ is particularly recognisable for its unusual leaves that resemble potato foliage. Dating back to 1885, Tomato ‘Brandywine’ is regarded as one of the world’s finest flavoured ‘beefsteak’ tomatoes. This exceptional variety produces heavy yields of firm, clear skinned, light rosy pink fruits, often with slightly green shoulders. With a full, sweet flavour these fruits are delicious eaten fresh from the plant in salads, and sandwiches. This cordon variety is suitable for growing in the greenhouse or outdoors. Height: 200cm (79″). Spread: 50cm (20″)

Black Russian ( Noire de Crimee)

These medium sized black tomatoes grow on compact plants bearing plenty of dark mahogany-brown fruits, with a delicious blend of sugar and acid. Tomato ‘Black Russian’ is an old variety with a rich, complex flavour that has to be tasted to be believed. This cordon variety is well suited to the indoor or outdoor cultivation.

Mr Stripey  A  very attractive bi-coloured beef steak variety producing good yields of red tomatoes with yellow orange stripes averaging 1lb in weight. This open pollinated Heirloom variety has a mild, low acid flavour with yellow flesh and a pink centre. Requires warmth and a good summer to thrive outside. Indeterminate. Grow on under cooler conditions and when about 8 inches tall, either plant in their growing position in the greenhouse or gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions and plant out 18 inches apart in a warm and sunny spot in moist, fertile well drained soil and keep watered.

Oh Happy Day With superb blight resistance, Tomato ‘Oh Happy Day’ is a real bonus for gardeners. It is a cross between a very blight-resistant North American line and a French Marmande type. In T&M trials, ‘Oh Happy Day’ F1 resisted blight infection for three weeks longer than ‘Mountain Magic’.The round, slightly flatter, 150g tomatoes grow in clusters of 3-7 fruits which have a superb taste balance of acidity and sweetness. This cordon variety is perfect for containers or planters in the greenhouse or on the patio, but can also be planted in a sunny spot in the garden Height: 200cm (79″). Spread: 50cm (20″).