Seed List

Dewing's Early Blood Turnip

Beetroot Dewings Early Blood Turnip

This early, round beet was supplied by Beck’s High Grade Seed Company, Indiana, USA between 1822 and 1920, but mentioned earlier in Sauer’s Herbal (1774), who suggested cooking the beets in red wine and honey. Blood turnip was a term used commonly for varieties bred specifically for garden use. Described as such in 1881 by DM Ferry & Co, seed merchants, Detroit, USA; “the roots are uniform good size, smooth, and handsome, and plentifully produced. The flesh is quite rich in colour, and very tender and sweet.”

40 seeds
Beetroot
Organic

Bradford Bomb

Cabbage Bradford Bomb

Our donor acquired these seeds from a guest speaker at his local gardening club. The speaker, Mr Lockwood, was in his 80s and has given up his allotment after years of saving his own seed. Sow in March under glass for an August/September harvest. Bradford Bomb is a compact white cabbage and great for showing. As Mr Lockwood was a judge at local horticultural shows we should probably take his word for it!

50 seeds
Cabbage
Organic

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

Webbs Kinver Globe

Cabbage Webbs Kinver Globe

Donated to HSL by Horticultural Research Institute, Wellesbourne, now Warwick HRI. Webbs' 1952 catalogue described it as follows, “Heads of this excellent variety are globular, very solid, of good size and finest quality. It is exceedingly early, compact in habit of growth and perfectly distinct.”  We hope that you agree! We would suggest sowing this one in spring for an autumn harvest.

50 seeds
Cabbage
Organic

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

John's Purple

Carrot John's Purple

Named after our donor who, in the 1970s, developed a pure line of purple carrots from four he found amongst a bag given to him for his rabbits by an allotment neighbour. He passed on some of his seeds to Horticulture Research International, now part of Warwick University, for their long-term preservation. With John's consent, some were released to us. John describes them as “crisp and flavoursome”.

50 seeds
Carrot
Organic

Tellus

Celeriac Tellus

Also known as ‘turnip-rooted celery’, which describes the shape and flavour of this vegetable perfectly. Suttons say, “A quick growing, smooth, round-rooted type with a beautiful white flesh which does not discolour after boiling”. Seed Guardian Sandra Slack adds, “Sweet and nutty, makes a lovely soup.” Also invaluable diced or grated raw as a tasty addition in winter salads.

150 seeds
Celeriac
Organic

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

Grandpa's Cress

cress Grandpa's Cress

Our donor passed this cress to us as it had been grown in his family for at least three generations. He says, “It germinates easily and produces a crop in only a few weeks.” A broad, serrated-leaved garden cress with a peppery flavour and tender texture. The flavour of the leaves gets stronger the higher up the plant you go. Can be grown in a pot all year round.

100 seeds
Cress
Organic

Box

Climbing French Bean Box

This white-flowered pea bean will crop reliably and prolifically in the British climate. Seed Guardian Jane Few says, “The beans are tasty at whatever stage they are picked”. The stringless pods provide fresh, tender and delicious haricots when picked young; also perfect for shelling.  As a dried bean they resemble pretty little bicoloured bird's eggs, ideal for winter storage and for use in soups and stews.

10 seeds
French bean
Climbing
Green varieties
Organic