~ 2015 Vegetable Seed List (2016 list coming in November) ~
Rated 'Ethical Best Buy'
by Ethical Consumer Magazine
Welcome to our catalogue of heirloom and heritage vegetable seeds -
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!
Latest News and Additions to the Catalogue:
October 2015: There are still lots of things you can sow now to keep your plot productive right through until next spring especially if you have a greenhouse or polytunnel. Have a look at our Autumn/Winter Sowing Guide for suggestions.
If you're looking for seeds to sow next spring, then we'd recommend that you wait until November 2015 when all the new season seed will be harvested and packed up.
If you're new to gardening, check out the sowing calendars on each page - dark green squares show the main sowing times for each crop.
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.
We write our own on-line catalogue - the website is designed and maintained by us personally - so it has been written by gardeners, for gardeners.
It may not be particularly 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 Catherine, Tam , Ian & Anja)
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!