Seed List

Avon Early

Beetroot Avon Early

One of a series of innovative breeding lines from the former National Vegetable Research Station at Wellesbourne (now Warwick HRI, part of Warwick University), it remained a stalwart variety amongst gardeners for many years. An early, prolific and fast-growing round-rooted type; Lawrence Hills states in The Vegetable Finder that it matures in about 10 weeks. Excellent sweet flavour; both juicy and crunchy when young.

40 seeds
Beetroot
Limited Stock

Drima

Broad Bean Drima

This prolific and easy to grow variety has a compact habit, making it ideal for small gardens. Guardian Adam Alexander says, “very tasty too. I will include this in my favourites list for culinary use!” Let us know what you think.

10 seeds
Broad Bean
Limited Stock

Silsden Bomb White

Cabbage Silsden Bomb White

Named after the locality in which it is thought to have originated, Silsden, nr Keighley, Yorkshire. Said to have been bred by Jonnie Watson, an old gardener from the town; our donor acquired it in 1980 from “a chap” who had grown it for 12 years. Only one of his seeds germinated, but since then seeds of the variety have been saved and shared around the whole district! Apparently all of the horticultural show growers wanted it; our donor has won first prize with his specimens. Sow this summer cabbage in March and the small heads with distinctive white-veined, blue-green leaves will begin to develop in July.

50 seeds
Cabbage
Organic
Limited Stock

Tower Hamlets

Callaloo Tower Hamlets

Donated by the WEN, Tower Hamlets, London, although the seeds originally came from Bangladesh. The plants have purple stems and taste like chard when eaten raw. The leaves may be eaten at any stage and can be cooked like a chard or spinach. A welcome addition to the greens selection.

100 seeds
Callaloo
Organic
Limited Stock

Arancia

Chard Arancia

The vivid yellow-orange stems of this chard make it a very attractive addition to both the bed and the salad bowl. The very young leaves are ideal for use as a baby leaf in a salad mixture.

50 seeds
Chard
Organic
Limited Stock

Percy Parker

Climbing French bean Percy Parker

Our donor was given these seeds by a friend who had, in turn, been given the beans by Percy Parker himself. Percy had grown this variety since World War Two in Barcombe, East Sussex. Unfortunately, Percy passed away, but his name lives on in this lovely bean. The strong and productive plants have white flowers followed by long, straight, flat, stringless green pods containing small, white beans.

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Green varieties
Limited Stock

Uncle Bert's Purple

Kale Uncle Bert's Purple

(Brassica oleracea) Our donor's family has grown this variety for several generations and found it to be “the nicest tasting of all kales.” Grown extensively before WWII, but seems to have disappeared soon after. Large and prolific; it is both hardy and resilient to pests and diseases. Delicious too, with a slightly nutty flavour.

50 seeds
Kale
Limited Stock

Stoke

Lettuce Stoke copyright Petra Suckling

Originally from Stoke, near Rochester in Kent, where the Cheesman family had grown it for 170 years, but this variety probably dates back to before 1840. A compact and trouble-free lettuce, perfect for growing in limited space or in containers. The dark green leaves are crunchy, flavoursome and slightly sweet. Sow to harvest 70 days (approx.)

50 seeds
Lettuce
Limited Stock

Carters Battleship

Pea Carter's Battleship flower

Bred by British seedsmen Carters, of Raynes Park, London. The 1.5m plants produce masses of white flowers followed by pods borne in pairs. Don't let their relatively small size put you off, they are packed with peas! Let us know what you think of the flavour.

10 seeds
Pea
Organic
Limited Stock

Uncle Fred's Pea

Pea Uncle Fred's Pea

Our donor has been enjoying this pea since the 1970s after being given them by her Uncle Fred, who had grown the variety since the 1940s. She said that they have a wonderful sweet flavour for a large pea. Growing to around 2m in height, this variety is prolific and high-yielding so will require sturdy supports. Pick the pods when full; best eaten fresh but excellent for freezing.

10 seeds
Pea
Organic
Limited Stock