Ramsons Garlic, Wild Garlic, Broad Leaved Garlic
Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
Starting at: $2.10
Until a few years ago you would never have seen wild garlic on a menu, but these days is definitely a chefs' favourite. The whole plant is edible. The flavour is softer, more pleasant than cloves from garlic bulbs. The leaves have a vibrant colour that brings food to life.
Holy Ghost, Archangelica officinalis$1.96
Angelica archangelica is a majestic plant that deserves a prominent position at the back of a border or in a wild part of the garden. All parts of the aromatic plant have culinary or medicinal uses, but it is best known for its candied stems, used as a cake decoration.
Out of stockA newly bred variety specifically for organic growers, Artichoke Arad has a short vernalisation period and can be grown as annual in one season. The plants are compact and nearly spineless.
Artichoke (Heritage, pre 1600's)$1.75
Large and tasty heads of green buds have made Green Globe one of the most popular varieties of Artichoke. They are perennial plants and will produce more heads with each successive year. This old heirloom variety is a great delicacy, steam or boil and serve with melted lemon butter or hollandaise sauce.
Artichoke$3.15Artichoke ‘Tavor’ is a vigorous re-selection of Green Globe that provides a much easier growing experience. A thornless green globe variety, this 'new' variety is fast growing, often cropping in the first year, and with improved cold tolerance it is more productive in subsequent years. Organic seed.
Artichoke ‘Violet de Provence’ is one of the most traditional of Italian vegetables. This delicious medium sized artichoke develops rich violet-purple headed globes. Few dishes are as satisfying to eat as the globe artichoke. Dip the leaves into warm balsamic-bacon dressing and fall in love with a little thistle!
Heritage (USA 1870's)$1.89One of the most sought-after vegetables and one of the great luxuries of the vegetable plot, much of the mystique surrounding their cultivation is unwarranted. 'Connover's Colossal' is a traditional cultivar with good yields from selected crowns.
Crimson Pacific produces high yields of even, purple spears that are sweeter and tender with very low fibre content. Thick, tasty, purple spears are produced in May and early June. This is a high yielding variety that is super sweet when cooked, they are so delicious they are good enough to eat raw.
Heritage (France 1885)$1.89 As low as: $1.51
Earlier and hardier than most varieties, Asparagus 'Precoce D'Argentuil’ is an excellent choice for the impatient gardener. Highly esteemed for its thick, rose-purple spears with tender tips and an excellent flavour. In France it is the traditional variety used to create the popular white asparagus.
Heritage (USA 1949)$1.68 As low as: $1.34
Mary Washington is one of the most popular of all heirloom asparagus varieties and is an excellent choice for the garden. The delicious spears are tender, thick, heavy and straight and are of a rich dark green colour with a purple tinge. Produces uniform spears and a heavy yield.
English or Lawn Chamomile
Also spelt Camomile
Starting at: $1.75
Camomile is a most useful plant. It can be used to make beautiful lawns and raised beds, an infusion of the plant is an ideal family remedy, calming and sedative, perfect for restlessness or travel sickness, while for gardeners the tea is effective as a spray to prevent 'damping-off' of seedlings
Perle du Nord.
Heritage (Belgium 18th C.)$1.75 As low as: $1.40
Famous for the forced, blanched heads or ‘chichons’ that are loved by gourmets Chicory 'Brussels Witloof' is the traditional finely-textured variety used for forcing. With a delicious, tangy, unique flavour, it is very easy to grow and produces one of the finest tasting winter vegetables.
Chicory / Radicchio$1.47 As low as: $1.18Italian Chicory, or Radicchio 'Palla Rosso' from Chioggia in Italy is a reliable radicchio that forms a gorgeous, firm, round, dark-red and white head which appears like a jewel when you pull aside the tattered clump of outside green leaves.
Chicory / Radicchio$2.03'Palla Rossa 3' from Chioggia in Italy, is known for its compactness, size and flavour. A very reliable radicchio, it is fairly easy to grow in that it consistently forms nice heads, yet can also be forced. It has probably the greatest colour contrast of the red radicchios.
Chicory / Radicchio, Early variety.
Heritage (Italian 18th C.)$1.61 As low as: $1.29
The classic tall Italian radicchio. Upright with red and white striped leaves with large pure white stems. Highly prized, this flavoursome early variety is grown in the Treviso area in winter and is eaten, root and all, simply pan fried or grilled. It has high resistance to cold.
Chicory / Radicchio, Late variety.
Heritage (Italian 18th C.)$1.75
‘Variegata di Castelfranco’ has a beautiful form with wavy leaves that are flecked with purple. It is one of the hardiest and easiest to grow at any time in the year. Traditionally sown in mid to late summer, the harvest begins in December and lasts well into winter.
‘Fine-leaved’ chives have a delicious, mild onion flavour. They keep their slender shape and do not get course or tough with age. The narrow linear leaves are snipped and used primarily fresh, stirred into uncooked foods, such as soft cheeses or salads.
These easy to grow chives are one of the famous fines herbes of French cuisine. Easily raised from seed, they are perennial bulbs that spread to form neat tufted clumps, ideal for edging beds and paths. They are particularly attractive when in flower and are a favourite of bees and other pollinating insects.
Out of stockThe organic version of the easy to grow chives. These are one of the famous fines herbes of French cuisine. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, and are also said to stimulate the appetite and strengthen the stomach. Organic Seed.
Knitbone, Bruisewort, Healing herb, Miracle herb.$1.89
To the organic gardener, Comfrey is invaluable. It’s easy to grow, easy to use and incredibly beneficial to the garden. Leaves can be used as a top dressing or chopped and mixed with leaf mould to make a base for potting compost. You can make your own organic liquid feed or use as a compost activator.
Knitbone, Bruisewort, Healing herb, Miracle herb.$2.94
To the organic gardener, Comfrey is invaluable. It’s easy to grow, easy to use and incredibly beneficial to the garden. Used to make organic liquid feed, it is especially valuable on crops that benefit from high doses of potassium. Organic Seed.
Herbe Sainte-Marie, Alecost$2.45
Native to the eastern Mediterranean, Costmary leaves have an aroma which has been described as like garden mint with hints of balsam. Costmary is one of the most interesting and complex of all herbs, it can be used for many purposes, culinary, medicinal aromatherapy or ornamental.
Seakale, Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
Crambe maritima is a lovely dual purpose plant. This delicacy from the olden days has a unique delicate flavour, forced Seakale is a real delicacy. In the garden, it can be grown as an eye-catching and fragrant border plant. It has perhaps the most beautiful of all large glaucous leaves
American Cress or Upland Cress$1.54 As low as: $1.23
Once very popular for winter salads, Land Cress has the same pungent nip that Watercress does but can be grown directly in the garden. Leaf production is at it's highest during the summer and autumn, but it will happily carry on growing right through the winter. It deserves to be far more widely grown.