Seed List

Vasu's 30 Day Dwarf Papri

Lablab Bean Vasu's 30 Day Dwarf Papri copyright Katie Butler

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.

10 seeds
Lablab bean

Yings Lablab

Lablab Bean Yings Lablab

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.

10 seeds
Lablab bean

Coloma

Leek Coloma

A selection from Swiss Giant, this is an early, reliable and heavy cropping leek. Produces sturdy, strong and upright plants with smooth, dark green leaves and long white stems.

40 seeds
Leek
Organic
Limited Stock

Sim Seger

Leek Sim Seger

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!”

60 seeds
Leek
Organic
Limited Stock

Asparagus

Lettuce Asparagus (stem)

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. 

50 seeds
Lettuce

Bath Cos

Lettuce Bath Cos

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.

50 seeds
Lettuce

Black Seeded Samara

Lettuce Black Seeded Samara

A light green, loose-leafed, summer butterhead lettuce that stands up well to drought. The soft leaves have a mild flavour and fine texture. So named because it produces black seeds. Seed Guardian Mike Wicken says, “An excellent variety with good flavour when young.”

50 seeds
Lettuce

Bronze Arrow

Lettuce Bronze Arrow copyright Isabel Isherwood

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.

50 seeds
Lettuce

Brown Bath Cos

Lettuce Brown Bath Cos

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.

50 seeds
Lettuce

Bunyard's Matchless

Lettuce Bunyards Matchless

Donated to HSL during the 1980s, this unusual, open-hearted cos type lettuce can be grown all year round; robust enough for autumn or spring sowing. The thick, juicy, dark green leaves have a distinctive, nutty flavour, a real lettuce-lover’s lettuce.

50 seeds
Lettuce