~ Our 2019 Vegetable Seed List ~
Rated 'Best Buy'
Welcome! Our heirloom and heritage vegetable seeds are specially chosen for home gardeners.
You'll find no F1 hybrids or genetically modified seed here - just varieties that do really well and taste great
when grown on a garden scale - a catalogue of real seeds for real gardeners wanting to grow proper vegetables.
Because all are open-pollinated (non-hybrid) , you can even save your own vegetable seed
for future years, using the instructions we supply. There's no need to buy new seed every year!
New to gardening? See the calendars on each page - dark green squares show the main sowing times for each crop. Lighter green are extensions/options.
How We Are Different
We don't just sell seed; we're gardeners and also grow these veg for our own use at home,
so we really know how they grow & how they taste.
We only offer what we think is really good,
rather than listing lots of different varieties just for the sake of it.
Every vegetable here has been chosen - from hundreds of trials - for a particular reason , which we try to explain in the description.
We do our own website - so it has been written by gardeners, for gardeners.
It should be easy to see what each vegetable 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 vegetable varieties we can find!
- best wishes for a great season from Ben, Kate, Catherine, Tam & Ian
Already we package almost all of our beans and peas are in paper envelopes.
To reduce plastic waste further, this year we will be switching much of our other seed to paper envelopes too, and you will see the change in the 2020 catalogue.
To do this we have purchased one of the last existing Ballard Brown-bag seed packing machines.
Weighing 1000lb in cast iron and brass, and built a hundred years ago, this amazing device has been in constant use ever since.
It picks up and opens the packet, throws a measured scoop of seed in,
glues the flap, folds it over and passes it to the output tray.
Originally steam powered, ours is now run by an electric motor.
We have designed beautiful new seed packets to go with it, inspired by the Art Nouveau posters of Mucha, & we are currently working with a couple of companies to have the correct 1880s-pattern envelopes manufactured.