~ Our 2021 vegetable seed CATALOGUE ~
Update: Mon 25th January 2021
We just took well over a week's worth of orders
in just a few minutes and had to shut as people were placing orders at a rate of 60+ per minute
There is no good solution to this situation. We are a very small company!
Normally pre-Covid we send out a maximum of 900
orders in a (very) busy week, right now with distancing we can manage 700.
We are doing our best to stay open in the face of this overwhelming demand, but we
can't risk taking more orders at a time in case some of us are sick or have to isolate.
We will next be open sometime the first week of February
We'll always post the latest updates here, so please don't email or phone ,
we don't have an exact date yet & it just takes time away from packing seeds & orders.
Realistically if you do have another source of seeds right now, you might want to do that.
NB: Due to Brexit we are no longer able to ship to Northern Ireland, see this explanation.
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), if you wish 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
To reduce plastic waste, we supply much of our seed in paper envelopes.
To do this have we purchased one of the last existing Ballard Brown-bag seed packing machines.
Weighing 1000lb in cast iron and brass, and built a hundred and twenty 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 designed beautiful new seed packets to go with it, inspired by the Art Nouveau posters of Mucha,
& have had the correct 1880s-pattern envelopes manufactured for us by a company in Wales.