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Common or Pleine Blanc Inerme Cardoon Seeds

£2.50

By 1750 "..has spineless leaves, leaf-stalks, solid, but not so thick or tender when cooked as those of the other varieties"

Cultivation: A small quantity to come in early may be sown on a hot-bed about the end of March, but the main crop should not be sown until the middle of April, and where the climate is warm it is advisable to defer sowing till the end of the month. A sowing for a late crop may be made about the end of June. Trenches 1ft deep, 18ins wide, and not less than 4ft apart from centre to centre should be prepared, and from 6-9ins of well decomposed dung should be dug in the bottoms: the seeds may then be sown in the centre of the trench, in patches of three or four, and covered with earth to the depth of about 1in. The distance between the patches may be 18ins. When the plants are 2-3ins high they should be thinned out, only the strongest plant in each patch being allowed to remain.

The Sandringham Seed Collection: Thomas Etty Seeds started in Kent in the 1980s and have been providing Sandringham with various heritage seed mixes for some years. The Head Gardener has collaborated with the company to provide a collection of seeds from plants grown in the gardens. Now you can grow your very own Sandringham Garden!

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