~ The 2013 Vegetable Seed List ~
Rated 'Ethical Best Buy'
by Ethical Consumer Magazine
Welcome to our catalogue of heirloom and heritage vegetable seeds -
all specially chosen for the home gardener.
Over the past 15 years we have collected together what we think are the very best vegetable varieties in existence for the kitchen garden.
'Best Seed Company 2011'
by The Horticultural Channel
You'll find no F1 hybrids or genetically modified seed here - just varieties that do really well and taste great
when grown by hand on a garden scale. The name of the catalogue reflects what we are working to provide:
real seeds for real gardeners wanting to grow proper vegetables.
Many are rare heirlooms, and because all are open-pollinated (non-hybrid) , you can save your own seed
for future years, using the instructions we supply. There's no need to buy new seed every year!
Recent News and Additions to the Catalogue:
Have a look at our monthly sowing calendar to help you plan your plot for the season, and
find the latest news from the field and about new varieties on our Facebook page
NEW SEED LAWS: Our page on the new EU Seed Law explains what the law means and why we oppose it. The page is updated whenever we have new information about it.
NEW APRIL 2013 - HEIRLOOM PEA 'Lord Leicester'
This is a wonderful old pea, thought to have been extinct, but we found a few seeds in a private seedbank and after a 5 year project now have reintroduced it for you to enjoy at home. A proper tall climbing pea, with avery long cropping season. You can order it on our Peas page
Last few packs of YACON are listed now.
We have some fantastic new cherry tomatoes available, including emerald, white and chocolate varieties.
Lots of people ask for advice on what new gardeners might like to grow. As well as our Tips for Beginners page, we've also put together a new seed collection for beginner gardeners.
You can order it together with a great 'how to garden' book, or on its own.
We also have a new 'Feed the Family' collection for those wanting a larger selection.
This is a set of seeds we have chosen to provide a really large amount of food over a long period, without being too expensive.
We also have a monthly sowing guide to help you plan your gardening over the year.
How We Are Different
We are a bit different from other places you might get seed from.
We also grow these veg for our own use at home, so we really know how they grow & how they taste.
And we only offer what we know is really good, rather than listing lots of different varieties just for the sake of it.
But most importantly, everything here has been chosen - from hundreds of trials -
for a particular reason , which we try to explain in the description.
The two of us write our own catalogue and our own website, so they've been written by gardeners, for gardeners.
It may not be flashy but we hope you will find it easy to know what each variety does, how it grows, and when to sow it.
We really do hope you enjoy these vegetables as much as we have enjoyed tracking them down and trying them out.
Each and every one has been chosen for its merit in the kitchen as well as the garden.
Our aim is to offer you the very best seed of the best varieties we can find!
- best wishes for a great season from Ben & Kate (with lots of help from Felicia, Catherine, Heather, Anja & Kate S)
Do save your own seed:
None of these seeds are hybrids, so you can save your own seed for future years.
There are instructions on the left, under the seed-index,
and we are also offering a great home seed-saving book at a subsidised price to encourage seed-saving.
Thanks to all of you who keep writing and emailing to let us know how your plants do.
We really enjoy reading your letters and it helps us choose better varieties for the future!