There’s something magical about seedlings. After a cold winter – one that is reluctant to give up it’s hold, pushing snow and biting winds into April – even the smallest signs of spring are warmly welcomed.


Pete’s been sowing seeds in our heated propagator but has moved two trays of seedlings onto the bathroom windowsill to start the hardening off process. Our bathroom is downstairs, at the back of the house and gets fairly cold at night, when the heating isn’t on.


There are Sungold, Black Krim, Black Russian and Tigarella tomatoes, Orange Bell sweet peppers, Black Beauty aubergines, Cape Gooseberries and chillis from an ancient Wahaca seed pack.

There are many more seeds to sow. Some will need the helping heat of the propagator, some will be sown in the greenhouse and others directly into the soil outside.

I look forward to watching them grow and of course, to harvesting the results.

Grow Your Own With Seed Parade (Competition Closed)

For many years, Pete and I have been enjoying fruit and vegetables we’ve grown ourselves, gradually increasing the variety of things we’ve grown and the space given over to them, until eventually, a few years back, we gave over our entire back garden to a kitchen garden, or what we often call the home allotment.

Now we have an actual allotment too, so our seed buying has increased even more!

For me, choosing what to grow and which varieties to try is one of the most enjoyable times of the year – so full of promise and expectation.

Over the weekend, Pete and I discussed what we wanted to grow in 2012, and went through the seeds we had left from last year.


I’ve been following Seed Parade on twitter for many months. As we wanted to buy more seeds, I tweeted them to ask about any current discounts, as they regularly have one or more of their seeds on special offer. In response, business founder Lajos Szabo got in touch, asking if I might like to run a competition for my readers.

Well, of course!

There are many online seed retailers to choose from. One of the reasons I am interested in Seed Parade is their commitment to keeping packaging to a minimum, using only what is necessary to ensure that your seeds arrive safely, and in good condition.

Also, they are DEFRA registered, which means that the business is regularly inspected to ensure adherence to sound environmental practices.

Handily, they stock a couple of varieties we had already decided on, and also have a nice selection of other seeds to choose from, both newer varieties and some traditional and heirloom ones.

And their prices are good. Some of the retailers I’ve looked at are charging double or more for the same seed varieties, and putting far less seeds into each packet to boot!

I have chosen a lovely basket of seeds including Sungold, Black Russian, San Marzano and Tigarella tomatoes, leeks, onions, cape gooseberries, a selection of herbs, three different beans including Cosse Violette, Borlotto and Purple Queen, Swiss Rainbow chard and Chocolate Habanero chillis.

Now it’s your turn!

black cherry tomato borlottclimb clim cosso tom supersweet choco habanero c p haze cuc mohican g s mix hot cayenne on brauns cauli p.c. sungold tomato seeds leek lyon tom san marzano tomato tigerella


Seed Parade are offering not one but two winners their own choice of up to £25 of seeds, delivered free to any UK mainland address. That’s a lot of seeds, meaning a lot of fantastic fruit and vegetables over the coming year!


You can enter the competition in 2 ways.

Entry 1 – Answer the question
Leave a comment below, answering the following question:
Why would you like to win and what would you like to grow?

Entry 2 – Tweet
Tweet the (exact) sentence below:
I’d love to win £25 of @seedparade seeds from Kavey Eats! #KaveySeedParade


  • The deadline for entries is midnight GMT Friday 23 March 2012.
  • One blog entry per person only. One twitter entry per person only. You do not have to enter both ways for your entries to be valid.
  • The two winners will be selected from all valid entries using a random number generator.
  • The prize is the winner’s choice of seeds up to a value of £25, chosen from in-stock items on the Seed Parade website. Delivery to UK mainland addresses is included.
  • The prize cannot be redeemed for cash.
  • The prize is offered directly by Seed Parade.
  • Valid entries must contain either an email address or twitter account, for contacting the winner. For those leaving a comment using their blogger/ Google ID, please make sure an email address is visible in your profile.
  • The winners will be notified by email or twitter. If no response is received by the end of Monday 26 March, their prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.

*If you don’t have a secondary email address already and are nervous about sharing your main email address on the internet, why not set up a new free email account on hotmail, gmail or yahoo, that you can use to enter competitions like this?


Kavey Eats received a complimentary basket of seeds from Seed Parade.


This competition is closed. Congratulations to winners Pigling Bland and Hilda Hazel Wright.