Acquired via our Sowing New Seeds project, this lablab is named after its donor and is said to take 30 days from seed to flower. Grown and saved on the Redhill Allotments, Leicester, but originally commercial seed from India. This variety performs best in fertile soils and a temperate climate.
A Chinese lablab with lovely scented mauve flowers and pretty pods – lime green, often with a reddish-purple edge. Flowering should start by July from an April sowing. This is the type called liva in Gujerati which produces broad flat pods and mild-flavoured beans.
Named after our donor's neighbour, Sim Seger, who grew this variety for many years because they did particularly well in his locality of Malton, North Yorkshire. A hardy leek, which appears to be disease resistant too. Guardian Jenny Rogers says, “Large plants with good firm, white stems. Lovely flavour, excellent!”
Originating in China and cultivated for its stem rather than its leaves. First described by Vilmorin-Andrieux (1885) when introduced to Europe, probably by missionary botanists working in China. Harvest the stems 3-4 months after sowing, at around 30cm high and at least 3cm thick. Remove the outer layer to reveal the light green flesh and cut into thin slices. The stem is excellent raw, like celery, or lightly cooked in stir fries.
Listed in James Carter's Catalogue of a Choice Collection of Floricultural, Vegetable and Agricultural Seeds of 1842, this variety was described by a contributor to The Gardener (1867); “This sort ought to be in every garden. No other variety can surpass it.” Thought to be synonymous with ‘Brighton Cos’, the large, dark green leaves have a rust-coloured tinge and are flavourful, crisp and juicy.
A beautiful, productive California heirloom, popular in the USA but almost unknown here. A large, non-hearting lettuce; the attractive, arrowhead-shaped leaves have a distinctive bronze tinge and mild flavour. Drought and cold hardy, so ideal for autumn sowing and overwintering; it survived frost and snowfall at Ryton. Also less popular with slugs.
This is one of the oldest of the cos lettuces and considered one of the hardiest of its type, suitable for summer or autumn sowing. It is exceedingly crisp and well flavoured. The leaves are large, broad and scooped around the margins. When exposed to sunlight these become a brownish-bronze, hence the name.