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Gardeners to be offered Super Veg

DIY experts B&Q are offering a new range of vegetables to gardeners which have been specially developed to be resistant to disease and provide larger, more abundant crops. According to experts, combining a plant which is good at fending off pests and diseases with a plant which provides a bigger harvest produces a superior quality plant capable of delivering twice as much fruit when it is time to harvest.

The range of fruit and veg consists of a sweet potato, an aubergine, a pepper, a chilli and a cucumber as well as eight different types of tomato including Elegance, Belriccio and Conchita. The turbo veg is due to hit the shelves in April and will be more expensive than normal varieties at £3.98 each.

Over the last few years, B&Q has recorded a rise in the sale of seeds as increasing food prices tempt more people to have a go at growing their own. There is little sign of the trend abating as figures for 2009/2010 show an 8 per cent increase in the sale of seeds.

According to B&Q’s Steve Guy, the new super veg will be particularly appealing to those with a small amount of space in which to grow food such as urban gardens. They are also the perfect plants for beginners as a guaranteed bumper crop which grows quickly will inspire confidence.
As well as a rise in the amount of seed being sold, a return to DIY food has meant an increase in the sale of pigsties and chicken coops.

Source : Natasha Redman -

08 February 2011
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