New Seed catalogues - be wary!
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Sutt0ns "New for 2020" seeds are being advertised online. This is a company with a penchant for giving grand new names to quite ordinary seeds sold far more cheaply elsewhere. 

As an example, they're selling "Garlic Kale" - 200 seeds for £2.99. In small print, it says these are Texsel Greens. 
Joy Larkcom mentions these often in her books so I've known about them for many years .

DTBrown's Catalogue has just arrived - they sell "Amara" Ethiopian Kale "quick and easy to grow Texsel greens"  500 seeds £2.49.

Even cheaper - Seedaholic 370 seeds  £1.10. https://www.seedaholic.com/texsel-greens.html

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Sutton's at their best want you to forage for wild plants in a pot. 
https://www.suttons.co.uk/Gardening/Vege...167976.htm
Only £3.99 to grow a pot of weeds. Smile
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Thanks veggie. It boggles the mind how they can get away with renaming & upping the price without trading standards getting a bit funny about it.  One of the reasons I use small seed companies.
Have you grown the texsel greens? They look interesting, but I’m guessing they just taste like all other kale  Rolleyes  Big Grin .

I have no comment about the weeds ................. well not a polite one  Wink .
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RE Texsel greens - I have grown them but don't remember much about them in the same way as that I don't remember growing other quick growing greens like those 40day broccolis.
Joy L says "As for mild flavored ‘bulk’ – pak choi and leafy Chinese greens, Texsel greens , summer and winter purslane, baby spinach leaves are among my personal favorites."
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Another one that I’m aware of. Is Christmas basil. Don’t bother with it if you’re already growing cinnamon basil. It’s the same thing. Sorry I don’t remember which company was selling it as “Christmas”.
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I won’t deny I’m shocked, it’s the kind of practises I’d expect of a supermarket not a kindly seed supplier. Before you know it they will be palming of radishes as dwarf turnips.

I do however like just how annoyed it made veggie. Big Grin Tongue
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Those radishes would be called something like Snacishes or Miniturns - as served by the finest restaurants in the cuisine minceur style.

As for being annoyed , you haven't heard me ranting on about Kalettes or Incaberries - or practically anything promoted by James Wrong. Tongue
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Yes that is totally Wong, it shouldn’t be allowed.
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(06-09-2020, 05:39 PM)Veggie Wrote: Those radishes would be called something like Snacishes or Miniturns - as served by the finest restaurants in the cuisine minceur style.

As for being annoyed , you haven't heard me ranting on about Kalettes or Incaberries - or practically anything promoted by James Wrong. Tongue

It's very annoying when things get arbitrarily renamed for marketing/fashion reasons. I'd just got used to Cape gooseberries being called goldenberries in health food shops (which is fine - we call dried grapes "raisins" or "currants"), and then everyone starts calling them Incaberries and I can't find them when I shop online!

(I actually really like them on cereal, with sliced banana to balance the tartness - and maybe a little maple syrup if I'm feeling self-indulgent. Which I usually am!)
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(06-09-2020, 05:39 PM)Veggie Wrote: As for being annoyed , you haven't heard me ranting on about Kalettes or Incaberries - or practically anything promoted by James Wrong. Tongue

I have  Big Grin . It’s awesome! You grab yourself a cuppa, sit back and watch the show  Cool .
I find the kalettes rant particularly memorable .  Big Grin
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There was a more recent one too - think that was Suttons too when they were selling some weirdly named "kale" for a small fortune, and it turned out to be a bog standard one. I even grew it side by side to prove it!!.
I'll see if I can find it
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