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The real seed company

Our 2021 vegetable seed CATALOGUE

We are opening for a couple of days each week as demand for seeds is exceptionally high.
Once we take a weeks worth of orders we close again while we send them out.

We really apologise for the frustration, but we are a small company of of 7 people – we
can’t risk taking more than a weeks orders at a time in case some of us are sick or have to isolate.

NB: Due to Brexit we are no longer able to ship to Northern Ireland, see this explanation.

Wondering what to sow now? Check out our sowing calendar, and also our germination tips

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by Ethical Consumer Magazine

Welcome! Our heirloom and heritage vegetable seeds are specially chosen for home gardeners.
Over the past 21 years we’ve collected the very best varieties for you to grow.

You’ll find no F1 hybrids or genetically modified seed here – just varieties that do really well and taste great when grown on a garden scale – a catalogue of real seeds for real gardeners wanting to grow proper vegetables.

Because all are open-pollinated (non-hybrid), if you wish you can even save your own vegetable seed
for future years, using the instructions we supply. There’s no need to buy new seed every year.

New to gardening? See the calendars on each page – dark green squares show the main sowing times for each crop. Lighter green are extensions/options.

For more detailed sowing plans throughout the year, we have a month-by-month guide.
See the latest news from the field on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

How We Are Different

We don’t just sell seed; we’re gardeners and also grow these veg for our own use at home,
so we really know how they grow & how they taste.

We only offer what we think is really good,
rather than listing lots of different varieties just for the sake of it.
Every vegetable here has been chosen – from hundreds of trials – for a particular reason, which we try to explain in the description.

We do our own website – so it has been written by gardeners, for gardeners.
It should be easy to see what each vegetable does, how it grows, and when to sow it.

We really do hope you enjoy these vegetables as much as we have enjoyed tracking them down and trying them out.
Each and every one has been chosen for its merit in the kitchen as well as the garden.

Our aim is to offer you the very best seed of the best vegetable varieties we can find!

– best wishes for a great season from Ben, Kate, Catherine, Tam & Ian

To reduce plastic waste, we supply most of our seed in paper envelopes, and small runs are packed by hand using beautiful brass scoops we made ourselves:

But to pack larger numbers of paper envelopes we have purchased two of the last existing Ballard-Brown seed packing machines.
Weighing 1000lb in cast iron and brass, and built a hundred and twenty years ago, these amazing devices have been in constant use ever since.

Designed by Henry Cummings in 1884 , it picks up and opens the paper packet, put in an accurately measured scoop of seed,
glues the flap, folds it over and stacks them neatly in a wooden tray.
Originally steam powered, ours are now run by an electric motor, & here’s a video of one in action!

We designed beautiful new seed packets to go with it, inspired by the Art Nouveau posters of Mucha,
& have had the correct 1880s-pattern envelopes manufactured for us by a company in Wales.

Company No 5924934

VAT No 841181938

DEFRA registered Seed Merchant No 7289

Our Unique Structure: Because we have no shareholders. the main aim of the company is not to make huge profits, but instead to supply great seeds to home gardeners at reasonable prices, and to educate people about home seed-saving. As part of our ethical policy, all staff are paid the same hourly wage, including the directors.

Our Unique Guarantee: We have spent years trying to find the best varieties for you to grow. We think these are the best seeds you can sow, and we really hope that you enjoy growing your vegetables from them. We will immediately refund or replace if you are in any way less than delighted with them, even including the flavour of the resulting crop!

Gardeners Should Save their Own Seed: Because none of these seeds are hybrids,you can save your own seed for future use: there’s no need to buy new each year. Saving your own is easy. You will get great seed, and great vegetables adapted to your local conditions. Do have a go – read the seedsaving instructions we provide with every order, and also on this site.

We have sent out over 104,000 sets of free home seed-saving instructions!

Our Seed Club: Due to really daft seed laws, many of our fantastic vegetable seeds can only be supplied to members of our Seed Club, because they are not on the EU-approved list of permitted vegetable varieties! But membership costs just one penny per annum .
When we process your order, you will be charged a penny for a year’s Seed Club Membership. For more details see our terms and conditions.

A fine crop of Sutherland Kale in flower.

A catalogue of the very best vegetable seed for home gardeners, with interesting heirloom and heritage varieties. Guaranteed better flavour or your money back.

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