~ Our New 2014 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.
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!
URGENT CALL TO ACTION: NEW EU SEED LAWS
Some new EU Seed Laws are being drafted right now - hugely restricting the seed supply.
We need to make sure that they take account of gardeners' needs, not just big farmers!
Please read our page about it - write to your MEP and ask them to get involved.
We know that MEPs are getting some letters about it - but from their replies, many of them do not understand the issue & think the problems with the law have been fixed.
This really isn't the case at all, and you need to write to them and let them know that more changes are needed.
Deadline for amendments to the law is December 10th!
Recent News and Additions to the Catalogue:
POSTING DATES FOR CHRISTMAS:
All orders for Christmas need to be received by Tuesday 17th December
We have some GIFT SEED COLLECTIONS and BOOKS that might be useful:
Have a look at what's new for the 2014 season here!
We also have a monthly sowing calendar to help you plan your plot for the year, and
find the latest news from the field and about new varieties on our Facebook page
PHOTO COMPETITIONS - send us your harvest photos to enter our autumn competition.
There's also a separate competition for children's gardens.
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!