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  1. Cucumber F1 Partner is a superb variety, producing a high yield of medium to dark green fruits around 10 to 15cm long.

    Cucumber, Pickling 'Partner F1'

    Gerkin or Pickling Cucumber
    $2.73

    Cucumber F1 Partner is a superb variety. A mid to early parthenocarpic variety, the plants are short jointed with mainly female flowers. With good disease resistance, they produce a high yield of medium to dark green fruits around 10 to 15cm long.

  2. Kale 'Red Ruble' is a red, Russian-type kale that has been specially bred for the salad leaf market.

    Kale 'Red Ruble'

    Russian or Siberian Kale, Ragged Jack
    $1.75

    Kale 'Red Ruble' is a red, Russian-type kale that has been specially bred for the salad leaf market. Its beautiful wine-red serrated foliage makes a quick growing colourful tasty salad leaf. Grown year-round on a windowsill and picked young and small, they can be added to lettuces to make your own mesclun mix.

  3. Red Russian is one of the most tender kales with a sweeter taste than most traditional varieties

    Kale 'Red Russian'

    Russian or Siberian Kale, Ragged Jack
    Heritage variety (Pre 1885, reintroduced 1977)
    $1.75

    With deeply cut, slate green oak-like leaves ‘Red Russian’ is one of the tenderest and sweetest kales available. Sow under cover in autumn for baby leaves after four to six weeks, or directly outdoors for over-wintering. This hardy crop can provide nutritious leaves even in the depths of winter.

  4. 'Dwarf Green Curled' kale produces an abundance of tender, densely curled green leaves which can be harvested throughout the winter months.

    Kale, 'Dwarf Blue Curled'

    Curly Kale, Dwarf Curlies, Scotch Kale, Borecole
    Heritage variety (1865)
    $1.61

    'Dwarf Green Curled' is a compact, hardy and easy to grow kale. It produces an abundance of tender and delicate, densely curled green leaves which can be harvested throughout the winter months. Kale is one of the least problematic crops, it will tolerate conditions that would make most brassicas keel over!

  5. Kale, Cavolo Nero 'Black Magic'

    Kale, Cavolo Nero 'Black Magic'

    Black Cabbage, Tuscan Kale, Borecole
    Heritage (Italian pre 1879)
    $3.15

    Kale 'Black Magic' is an improved Italian Black Kale, bred to be more tender with better flavour. The winter hardy plants more cold tolerant, vigorous and slower-to-bolt than other Italian kales. They form an easy-to-harvest rosette of very dark, savoyed leaves with a flavour that is rich and mild.

  6. Until recently Cavolo Nero, or 'Tuscan Kale', was one of Italy's best kept secrets.

    Kale, Cavolo Nero 'Nero de Toscana'

    Black Cabbage, Tuscan Kale, Borecole
    Heritage (Italian pre 1879)

    Until recently Cavolo Nero, or 'Tuscan Kale', was one of Italy's best kept secrets. Simply adored, especially in the north of Italy, it has been an essential fare of traditional dishes for centuries. Cavolo Nero can now be found in garden markets, specialist greengrocers and trendy restaurants throughout Europe.

  7. This old variety has been used for both ornamental and culinary use since Victorian times.

    Leaf Beet 'Bulls Blood'

    Spinach Beet, Seakale Beet
    Heritage (1840)
    $1.75

    Beet ‘Bulls Blood’ is a magnificent old dual purpose variety Today it is used by commercial growers for both baby leaf and mixed salad leaves. Harvest at any stage of growth, use the leaves for baby leaf, in mixed salads or use steamed like spinach, or the roots can be left to grow like any other beetroot.

  8. Beet ‘Bulls Blood’ is a magnificent dual purpose variety known for its deep red coloured leaves.

    Leaf Beet 'Bulls Blood' Organic

    Spinach Beet, Seakale Beet
    Heritage (1840)
    $2.03
    Bull's Blood is the variety used by the commercial growers for both baby leaf and mixed salad leaves. The leaves are broader than other beetroot varieties, more flavourful than other red accent crops, they can be harvested for baby leaf salads in as little as 35 days. Organic Seed.
  9. Perpetual Spinach Leaf Beet is one of the easiest and most productive vegetables for a small space

    Leaf Beet, Perpetual Spinach

    Spinach Beet, Seakale Beet, Wild Spinach
    Heritage variety (In use in 1790)
    $1.54
    Perpetual Spinach is not spinach, nor is it perpetual, but it does grow reliably for quite a long time in the garden. This old heirloom is, in fact a relative of chard. You rarely see it in the shops because it ideally needs to be picked soon before eating. The steamed stalks taste something like mild asparagus.
  10. Leek 'Musselburgh'

    Leek 'Musselburgh'

    Midseason Leek. Heritage (1834)

    Leek Musselburgh is named for a coastal market town on the Firth of Forth. Introduced in 1834, it has remained popular ever since. It is extremely hardy and can be picked over winter from December to April when there is little else in the garden. A very hardy leek and a very dependable performer.

  11. Lettuce 'All Year Round'

    Lettuce 'All Year Round'

    Butterhead Lettuce.
    Heritage variety (pre 1870)
    $2.03

    As its name suggests, this classic butterhead lettuce can be the basis of fresh daily salads throughout the year. This is no 'supermarket' variety, but rather a proper lettuce with an exquisite flavour unavailable from anywhere but from your own vegetable patch.

  12. Nothing can beat Lettuce 'Great Lakes' as a consistent producer of good-sized, crisp, round heads.

    Lettuce 'Great Lakes'

    Iceberg, Crisphead Lettuce
    Heritage (USA 1941)

    Nothing can beat this variety as a consistent producer of good-sized, crisp, round heads. Lettuce 'Great Lakes' is heat and cold tolerant and has a strong resistance to bolting and tip burn. It produces large, glistening, well-rounded heads, well-folded and fine-flavoured leaves with a crisp texture.

  13. “Green Salad Bowl” is a large fast growing rosette lettuce with long, light green, deep cut leaves.

    Lettuce 'Green Salad Bowl'

    Loose Leaf Lettuce
    Heritage variety (Introduced in 1952)
    Salad Bowl lettuce are amply named, one plant fills a salad bowl with no need to add other lettuces. “Green Salad Bowl” is an award winning variety that produces large, slow bolting, non-heading plants with sweet, succulent green leaves. N.I.A.B and RHS AGM.
  14. Lettuce 'Green Salad Bowl' is a large fast growing rosette lettuce with long, light green, deep cut leaves.

    Lettuce 'Green Salad Bowl' Organic

    Loose Leaf Lettuce
    Heritage variety (Introduced in 1952)
    $2.24
    Salad Bowl lettuce are amply named, one plant fills a salad bowl with no need to add other lettuces. “Green Salad Bowl” is an award winning variety that produces large, slow bolting, non-heading plants with sweet, succulent green leaves.
  15. This legendary lettuce was first introduced by Peter Henderson & Co. of New York around 1879

    Lettuce 'Henderson's Black Seeded Simpson'

    Loose Leaf Lettuce
    Heritage variety (pre 1879)
    Bright green and crumpled, with very crunchy leaves and an excellent sweet taste, ‘Henderson's Black Seeded Simpson’ is regarded by many as one of the best tasting loose-leaf lettuce varieties available. Fast growing and slow to bolt, it withstands heat, drought, and frost. Harvest for babyleaf or grow to maturity in just 45 days.
  16. There is little comparison between a shop bought Iceberg, and a home grown one. The flavour of  home grown makes it exceptional.

    Lettuce 'Iceberg'

    Iceberg, Crisphead Lettuce
    Heritage (1894)
    $1.82

    Icebergs are one of the most popular lettuces in the world. There is little comparison however, between a shop bought Iceberg, and a home grown one. Both retain that beautiful thick crispness of leaf, but it is the flavour of the home grown makes it exceptional. Fresh, crisp and ever so slightly sweet.

  17. Little Gem is a popular choice, and no wonder! It is dwarf and compact, producing sweet crisp, small-sized hearts with few outside leaves.

    Lettuce 'Little Gem'

    Romaine, Cos, Semi-Cos
    Heritage (1880's)
    Little Gem is a popular choice, and no wonder! It produces sweet crisp, small-sized hearts with few outside leaves. Quick to mature, dwarf and compact. It will tolerate hot weather and resists bolting and root aphid. It has also received an Accreditation from the NIAB.
  18. Marvel of Four Seasons is as tasty as it is beautiful, and it is a truly beautiful lettuce.

    Lettuce 'Marvel of Four Seasons'

    'Merveille des Quatre Saisons' Butterhead Lettuce.
    Heritage variety (French 1885)

    Starting at: $2.03

    This French butter-head lettuce is famous for its signature butter-head shape boasting the appearance of a bibb-type rosette with an array of beautiful colours ranging in bronze, gold, red and green. The “Four Seasons” will thrive in a range of climates and its texture always remains crisp and its taste unforgettable.

  19. With its ability to be harvested in extended seasons the “four seasons” will thrive in a range of climates.

    Lettuce 'Marvel of Four Seasons' Organic

    'Merveille des Quatre Saisons' Butterhead Lettuce.
    Heritage variety (French 1885)
    $2.31
    Also known as Merveille des Quatre Saisons this is a butter-head lettuce that is a true delight. With ruby toned leaves that encompass tightly folded green hearts it is as tasty as it is beautiful, and it is a truly beautiful lettuce. Organic Seed.
  20. Packed with tender, deep green leaves ‘Parris Island’ is more nutritious than other lettuce and a gourmet favorite.

    Lettuce 'Parris Island'

    Romaine or Cos
    Heritage (USA 1950)
    Parris Island produces an upright head of strong leaves with a distinctive crisp white midrib. Heat tolerant with fair bolt resistance, you can grow successive crops in spring and autumn and in mild coastal areas it can be grown year-round.
  21. Packed with tender, deep green leaves ‘Parris Island’ is more nutritious than other lettuce and a gourmet favorite.

    Lettuce 'Parris Island' Organic

    Romaine or Cos
    Heritage (USA 1950)
    $2.17

    Out of stock

    Not all lettuce is created equal. Known as a favorite of both market growers and home gardeners, Parris Island is heat tolerant with fair bolt resistance. Packed with tender, deep green leaves they are more nutritious than other lettuce and a gourmet favorite. Organic Seed.
  22.  Red Salad Bowl is a large fast growing rosette lettuce with very pretty burgundy-green crimped leaves.

    Lettuce 'Red Salad Bowl'

    Loose Leaf Lettuce
    Heritage variety (Introduced in 1955)
    “Red Salad Bowl” is a large fast growing rosette lettuce with very pretty burgundy-red crimped leaves.This award winning variety produces large, slow bolting, non-heading plants with sweet, succulent leaves. Sow successionally from March to August for harvesting April to October.
  23. Red Salad Bowl is a large fast growing rosette lettuce with very pretty burgundy-green crimped leaves.

    Lettuce 'Red Salad Bowl' Organic

    Loose Leaf Lettuce
    Heritage variety (Introduced in 1955)
    $1.89
    “Red Salad Bowl” is a large fast growing rosette lettuce with very pretty leaves.This award winning variety produces large, slow bolting, non-heading plants with sweet, succulent red leaves. Sow successionally from March to August for harvesting April to October.
  24. With perfect rosette shaped heads, the loosely formed leaves are deep green kissed with ruby red accents at the leaf tips.

    Lettuce 'Rougette de Montpellier'

    Mini Butterhead, aka Rougette Du Midi
    Heritage (France)
    $1.96

    Rougette de Montpellier, a mini butterhead with perfect rosette shaped heads, has the soft, tender, butter-textured leaves with sweet, succulent flavour typical of Butterhead lettuces. Very hardy and resistant to frost, the loosely formed leaves are deep green kissed with ruby red accents at the leaf tips.

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