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New Vegetable Seeds

New Vegetable Seeds for 2015

As part of our customer service we are always looking for exciting or unusual new seeds on a regular basis, all of these  are consolidated into our website as they become available but we like to highlight them in this section. Although these new seeds appear within each category, the following is a growing and working list of all new items for the coming season.

 

This section will be regularly updated as new seeds come in.

Basella Malabar Spinach

New for 2015!

Green & Red Malabar Spinach 20 seeds

Malabar Spinach is a perennial native of India but grown as an annual in the UK. If you are looking for a different flavour from traditional spinach and you have a glasshouse or polytunnel its well worth a try. Rubra or Red Malabar Spinach has deep green leaves veined in pink set against burgundy stems and violet blooms. Alba the Green Malabar Spinach has green leaves and green stems The edible leaves can be used throughout summer but do best in heat and humidity. The plant can climb to 10 feet or more but probably shorter in the UK and is grown up a trellis or wigwam of canes like climbing beans.

Cabbage Tropic Giant Hybrid

New for 2015!

Giant Ball Head Cabbage 20 seeds

Cabbage Tropic Giant lives up to its name with the absolute biggest heads of cabbage you will probably ever see, let alone grow! This is the one that wins prizes at shows bringing cries of astonishment from gardening friends. Fully one foot across and weighing around 15 pounds, these whopping heads are flattish and round, with pale green leaves well packed. Be sure to leave extra growing space between these plants, and fertilize well.

Cabbage is a cool-season crop, sown in early spring for early-summer harvest or in mid- to late summer for autumn harvest.  Start indoors or direct-sow, spacing plants 2 to 2 1/2 feet apart. Before planting, prepare the soil well with fertilizer, and add a dose of ammonium nitrate about a month into the growth season. Harvest the heads when they are firm and brightly colored. Plants may form smaller side-heads after the main head is harvested.

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Capsicum Asian Mix

New for 2015!

Hot Chili Peppers from Asia 20 seeds

Hot!

A collection of chilli peppers with a distinctive regional theme. Each mix contains at least eight different pepper varieties that originate from their respective named regions.Please note that these mixes are mixed for us by our supplier, based upon the availability at the time of harvest and so we cannot guarantee that the contents will be the same from one season to the next.
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Courgette Crookneck

New for 2015!

Organic Seed

Crookneck Courgette 10 seeds

One of the tastiest courgettes, this organic creamy crookneck is mild, sweet, and full of flavour, best picked when small ie 5" to 6" long. They have a creamy consistency growing with a bushy habit to 2' high and 3' wide. Most unusual shape for a courgette or summer squash.
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Courgette F1 Atena

New for 2015!

Golden Zuchini  10 seeds

Courgette F1 Atena is a modern prolific hybrid with bright golden fruits, why not add a real dash of colour to both the vegetable garden and the table. Pick young as courgettes or for pickling or leave to large marrows, which are excellent for stuffing with a mincemeat filling and baking in the oven. For a continuous crop pick regularly.

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Crotalaria longirostrata

New for 2015!

Chipilin Aprx 20 seeds.

Chipilin is a popular tropical perennial legume native to Mexico and Central America  grown as a leafy vegetable.   The leaves were used as a food source by the Aztecs of Mexico and Mayas in Central America.  Leaves and tender stems are boiled in water and prepared much like spinach.   It can also be combined with beans, chopped meat or scrambled eggs.
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Cucurbita Pink Jumbo Banana Squash

New for 2015!

Hybrid Pink Squash/Pumpkin 10 seeds

Well known longish banana variety with a pinkish skin weighing 5-12 kg when mature Apart from being an interesting decoration element, these squashes are delicious.  They are fine flavoured with a dry, sweet, orange flesh. This variety grows well on warm and permeable soil.  Start sowing from April in small pots under glass before planting out after all frosts. Trailing variety needing some space.
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Cucurbita Table Gold

New for 2015!

Winter Squash  10 seeds

Golden coloured acorn-shaped fruits that have a rich golden flesh and a gorgeous sweet nutty taste. Extremely reliable in habit and high yielding the fruit can be used like a courgette during the summer. Try them with butter and honey or a touch of cinnamon. Fruits weigh 1 to 2 lbs and if left to mature can be stored and used in the winter for baking or stuffing.
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Cucurbiter Small Wonder

New for 2015!

Spaghetti Squash 10 seeds

A savoury, ultra-healthy alternative to pasta, Small Wonder Hybrid solves the problem of having to eat an entire monster-sized squash! Small Wonder comes in "small serving" size, with just enough tasty strands to satisfy one to two hungry people. An attractive golden-orange oval fruit with a pleasantly chunky shape and creamy yellow flesh. It is well "stranded" -- just slice it in half, steam, and fluff up the "noodles" for a delicious dinner! Just like its pasta counterpart, spaghetti squash is excellent with tomato- and cream-based sauces, as well as on its own with a little salt and butter or a squeeze of lemon juice.

A trailing variety reaching 4' to 6' long, with a vining habit and superior productivity. Small Wonder grows best in full sunshine and rich, well-drained soil. Pick the fruit when it's 5" or 6" long and weighs about 3 pounds.

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Eryngium foetidum

New for 2015!

Culantro, Mexican coriander or Thai parsley. Aprx 300 seeds

Eryngium foetidum known as Culantro or Mexican coriander or Thai parsley is widely used in seasoning and marinating in the Caribbean, in Peru's Amazon regions and extensively in Thailand, India, Vietnam, Laos, and other parts of Asia as a culinary herb. It dries well, retaining good colour and flavour, making it valuable in the dried herb industry. It is sometimes used as a substitute for cilantro (coriander in British English), but it has a much stronger taste.

Grows best in moist, shaded positions with good drainage. It can survive in poor soils, but it is best to feed frequently with high-nitrogen fertiliser to keep the leaves soft. Does not tolerate frost. Cut off the flower stalks frequently to ensure continuing production of new leaves. May be planted under glass in pots for the UK.

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Ipomoea aquatica

New for 2015!

Entsai or Water Convolvulus  aprox 50 seeds

A fast growing herb, with Bamboo like leaves that are long and thin. It thrives in moist soils typically in aquatic areas and a very popular Oriental vegetable cultivated for its leaves in China, Malaysia and India. The tender shoots are cut into segments and cooked, together with the leaves, in fish and meat stews, and in Southeast Asian dishes where the tender shoots along with the leaves are usually stir-fried with chili pepper, garlic and ginger or included in leafy salads. Easily grown as a fast growing tender annual in pots that are stood in a water tray in a warm position outdoors or under glass.
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Leek Northern Lights

New for 2015!

British Bred hardy Leek  Aprx 50 seeds җ җ җ

An attractive variety which develops fantastic deep purple leaves during cold winter conditions. Has good winter hardiness enabling the roots to stay healthy in the ground even in freezing conditions. Excellent for containers and can even be grown in the flower garden as quite a talking point.
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Manihot esculenta

New for 2015!

Yuca, Cassava, tapioca etc, 5 seeds

Cassava the worlds third largest source of carbohydrate is a shrubby perennial that grows to a height of 6-8 feet in the tropics. It has smooth erect stems and esembles the cannabis plant in appearance. The large compound, dark green, reddish veined attractive leaves are palmately divided into about seven leaflets. It is unlikely to produce any sort of sensiblle crop if pot grown in the UK and should be treated as a novelty. Also be aware that all parts of the plant including the edible tubers contain a small amount of alkaloids and correct preparation peeling and cooking is essential to remove the toxicity. Well worth growing both for its novelty value and ornamental appearance. Our seeds come from the "sweet" variety not the bitter form of Cassava.

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Minutina (Erba stella)

New for 2015!

Minutina aprox 500 sds

Minutina produces clumps of slender green leaves (like a jagged grass) with a mild nutty crunchy texture. It is commonly known as Erba stella in Italy resembling a narrow mizuna with a delicate rosette of slender green leaves. A useful winter greens plant that is winter hardy in an unheated glasshouse. Grows to about 25cm.
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Physalis ixocarpa Pineapple

New for 2015!

Pineapple Tomatillo  10 seeds

Physalis ixocarpa or Tomatillo, a native of Mexico, is a relative of the tomato, eggplant and pepper. As a traditional part of Mexican cooking, tomatillos are found in stews, moles and salsas. They are seldom used whole, and are often pureed. Its texture is firmer than a tomato and this one has an unusual pineapple taste. On the outside, the 2” sized vegetable is bright green. On the inside, it’s considerably lighter. Its seeds are fine and edible. Growing tomatillos is like growing tomatoes, only easier. The tomatillos grow inside a papery husk. The husk helps to protect the fruit should a light frost occur. When the fruit has grown to nearly fill its husk, it’s ready to harvest. Make sure they’re picked before the fruit turns yellow, otherwise the fruit’s tangy flavour will be lost.
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Salsify Mammouth White Island

New for 2015!

White Salsify or Oyster Plant Aprx 200 Seeds җ җ

Salsify, often called the oyster plant for it's mild oyster-like flavour, is a cool weather crop, requiring quite a long growing season, between 120 and 150 days. A tall plant, they can reach nearly 3 feet with delicate pale purple colour flowers. It is grown for the sake of its fleshy, tapering roots that  taste like fried oysters when sliced and French fried.
It is a very easy and trouble free crop to grow normally as an annual much like parsnips or a closely related variety Scorzonera but initially a bit slow to get started.
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Salvia hispanica

New for 2015!

"Chia" aprox 1000 seeds

A native of South America this attractive annual (perennial in frost free areas) has flowers of purple to white growing 3ft to 5ft tall. Its grown commercially for the seeds which are used as a health food eaten cooked, raw or as a drink  and classed as one of the new wonder foods favoured by the Aztecs. The seeds are packed with omega 3 , calcium, fibre, iron, vitamin C and an excellent source of dietary fibre.

One of the most important Chia seeds health benefits is that they help in improving the function of the brain - we could all do with some of that!

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Sicana odorifera Chocolate

New for 2015!

Chocolate Cassabanana  10 seeds 

A rare form of Sicana odorifera with chocolate coloured fruits that are yellow inside and eaten raw or used in preserves. The fruit also has a sweet scent like a ripe melon. Grow as a fast growing novelty annual. In tropical regions it will cover and often smother 50ft tall trees and is often grown as an ornamental as well as for fruit. Flowers are aromatic yellow to 2".

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Tomato Ailsa Craig

New for 2015!

Vining Greenhouse or Outdoor Tomato Aprx 100 seeds

Ailsa Craig has been known for its flavour for many years. it produces medium sized fruit of a good colour which ripen early in the season and well known by gardeners (My father has been growing it for decades and swears by it for a reliable crop).  Can be grown in the greenhouse or outdoors. Height: 6ft + and spread 18".
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Tomato Black Opal

New for 2015!

Vining Greenhouse Dark Chocolate Cherry Tomato  10 seeds

Tomato Black Opal is a new dark chocolate cherry tomato with an astonishingly good flavour and a Brix value of 9. It has good disease  resistance to late Blight and can be grown under glass or outside in a warm sheltered location. A heavy cropper producing 150+  fruits per plant with an average weight of 30gms.
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Germination -- Easy Moderate and Challenging

Backlog for Fresh Seed Flavour

Hardiness - To -5°C җ To -10°C җҗ Fully Hardy җҗҗ

Needs Shady Position Sunny Position Water Loving