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~ SWEDE Seed ~

We really like swede, as an easy-to-grow winter vegetable.

Swede, like potato, is an easy way to grow a decent amount of food in an small space without much effort.
A simple crop to grow; you sow the seed outdoors in late spring and let them get on with it.
As long as you keep them weeded & maybe water a bit if it gets really dry, you will have nice big roots in autumn. 

Many people like them because they have a mild flavour, sweet flesh, and keep well.
We like them as a boiled vegetable, mashed like potato to make 'bashed neeps' and in winter soups & stews.

'Champion' Red Top
An ancient variety that is famously hardy, productive, and nutritious.

The roots are rounded and red on top. Pick young when it is tender and sweet.

Cream root with red top.

Order SdCR - 1.5g (300 sd) for £1.62

Green Top (a.k.a. 'Collet Vert')
A long keeping variety chosen as being particularly tasty and with good texture. This one has pointy round roots, a nice pale yellow colour, and green on top.

We noticed it was quite a bit more cold-resistant  than the others last autumn. Can make really big roots from an early sowing.

Yellow root with green top.

Order SdCV - (300 sd) £0.99

This swede was bred specially for home gardeners. It is a great swede with yellow-fleshed, sweet round roots that are purple on top. We thought is was notably the best of the bunch in our 2008 trials.

This variety was bred specially for home gardeners, by the Morton family. It has good club-root resistance too.

Order SdJo - 300 sd £1.92

plant picture


Gilfeathers' Turnip-Swede NEW for 2014
Right, now we're quite proud of this one - even for us, this is pretty unusual. It's a natural cross between a turnip and a swede, found by John Gilfeather in his fields in the late 1800's.

Turnips and Swedes are closely related, but actually different species which normally do not cross at all. But very occasionally it can work, giving rise to a completely new type of vegetable - and it was just lucky that Mr Gilfeather spotted the unusual plant and decided to keep seed from it.

We were a bit dubious when we first heard of it, but in our never-ending quest to find you exciting new things to grow, we got some seed and tried it last summer. It was fantastic! This unique vegetable tastes neither of turnip nor swede, being milder than either. It is really great boiled or mashed, and we will now grow it for our own household use in the future.

Really, really nice, and easy!

Order SdGi - 0.8g of seed £1.84

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Gardeners Should Save their Own Seed:
Because none of these seeds are hybrids,
you can save your own seed for future use: there's no need to buy new each year.

Saving your own is easy. You will get great seed, and great vegetables adapted to your local conditions.
Do have a go - read the seedsaving instructions we provide with every order, and also on this site.

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