The international language of seeds (or so I’d hoped)

Being a foreigner myself (albeit a bit of a fake one), I sympathise with anybody that comes to the UK and struggles to make themselves understood. Take, for example, my lovely yellow climbing French beans. Or haricots, if you will. They came with a pleasingly incomprehensible instruction illustration.You will laugh, oh experienced gardener readers, when I tell you that I honestly spent about ten minutes wondering what on earth the different coloured dots meant. Eventually I worked out that they must represent different geographical regions and thus be used to indicate sowing / harvesting times in accordance with local weather, but it took me a while to get there. A pleasing diversion from an otherwise low key sowing session. All seeds should come with puzzles!

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We farm a three acre smallholding in Hampshire, England, having fled London in pursuit of the good life for our little family. We mess about with an assorted menagerie and try to be as self-sufficient as possible in meat and fruit and vegetables whilst enjoying our plot and an outdoors lifestyle with our son. I am the luckiest person that I know.

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