Organic gardener and author Jekka McVicar is well known for her cultivation and use of herbs. Working with Johnsons seeds she created a range of herbs with her name on. The range includes familiar names as well some less well known varieties as Ian Cross explained to Ken Crowther.

Johnsons will be a familiar name to buyers of flower and vegetable seeds, having been sold in a number of different outlets across the country for nearly 100 years. Retail Marketing Manager Ian Cross told Ken Crowther how they have gone back to basics with the range.

In the polytunnel at Fothergill’s seeds more than 150 different varieties of tomatoes are being grown. Whilst the older varieties still prove popular, the newer ones are more disease resistant as Technical manager Tracy Collacott from Mr Fothergill’s seeds explained to Ken Crowther.

Next year, 2016 is the year of the cosmos. Rachel Cole seed buyer for Mr Fothergill’s has been trialling different varieties ahead of the event. In particular they have incorporated some of the dwarf and tall varieties to show the different range of colour you get as she told Ken Crowther.