Seed List

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

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

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

Salford Black

Runner bean Salford Black flower

Grown by our donor's family since the mid-1950s, this variety is known to come from Salford, a village in the Cotswolds. She told us “They have scarlet flowers, pods that start dull green and turn purple, long and straight, a good cropper.” Please let us know what you think of this variety.

10 seeds
Runner bean
New this year
Organic
Limited Stock

Summer Sun

Squash Summer Sun copyright Katie Butler

(C. pepo) Deserving of its name, this sprawling, bush type produces a proliferation of small, sunny yellow patty pans. The succulent, scalloped fruit, often seen in expensive imported supermarket packs, are excellent sliced and steamed and when mature make great individual stuffed dishes. Cheers up the veg patch no end! This variety returned to the National List in 2020 and will be commercially available again. However, we do still have a small amount of seeds in our store, so want to share it with you one more time!

3 seeds
Squash
Organic
Limited Stock

Cape Teaser

Tomato Cape Teaser

Determinate. Bush. Originally known as 'Orange', but we decided that it was so good it needed a more befitting moniker, so we launched a competition to find it! Produces large, sprawling plants that bear pale orange cherry tomatoes in profusion. Their intense flavour is delicious when eaten raw, but also makes them perfect for a tasty tomato puree.

20 seeds
Tomato
Determinate. Bush
Other varieties
Organic
Limited Stock

Darby Striped Red/Yellow

Tomato Darby Striped Red Yellow (single fruit)

Indeterminate. Cordon. Our donor saved seed from striped tomato fruit given to him in the mid-1960s by Dr Lewis Darby of the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute, Littlehampton. This variety produces heavy trusses of red fruits with golden orange streaks. Following tomato trials in 2020 it was described by thechattygardener.com as their “out-and-out-winner...very juicy with a classic tomato taste and was simply beautiful to look at.” Does best under glass.

20 seeds
Tomato
Indeterminate. Cordon
Other varieties
Organic
Limited Stock

Mr Hong's

Vietnamese Mustard Mr Hong's

Vietnamese mustard can be stir-fried or mixed with other salad leaves. Worth growing for its flavour. It is sweet with a peppery kick, but not quite as ferocious as winter mustards. Before the flowers open the buds form tiny, broccoli-like, lime green florets, which are great for adding flavour and texture to salads.

50 seeds
Vietnamese Mustard
Organic
Limited Stock