Much like an heirloom possession - being something of value that has been passed down from generation to generation - heirloom seeds have a value a represent our heritage of diverse plants whether in relation to their yield, flavour, resistance to disease or something else entirely. They have been saved year by year, generation by generation for a reason.
An heirloom seed is an old variety (by definition pre-dating 1960’s) that is open pollinated, by either wind, insect or animal (humans included). Seeds collected will then produce a (nearly) exact copy of their parent plant, so by saving seeds from last season’s best tomato plant, we can enjoy a whole garden of them this year. In this way, we can slowly select for qualities that we like and evolve our gardens over time.
Our range of heirloom seeds includes vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers.
Tomato "Pineapple" - A bi-colour beefsteak tomato that is named as much for its colour and size, as its subtle pineapple like taste, the Pineapple Tomato is a colossol fruit. Yielding large sized fruit that has a sweat and meaty flesh that isn’t overburdened with seeds. Great for salads.
Tomato "Black Russian"- This old heirloom variety that produces a dark skinned, almost purple coloured, sweet fleshed tomato of the absolute highest quality.
Strawberry "White Soul" - A white skinned, alpine variety of strawberry that is pest resistant. While every snail, slug, rat and child will attack red strawberries, the White Soul is disguised by its skin colour, meaning more for you.
Onion "Gladalan White" - produces medium to large sized white bulbs. Sweet and mild, they are great cooked or roasted, or even better raw in salads and sandwiches.
Nasturtium "Double Jewel" - blooming through the spring and summer months, it has a mix of brightly coloured, semi-double flowers. Not only a great companion plant, attracting bees and trapping snails, this is the ultimate root to bloom with every part of the plant being edible. Consistently self seeds.
Marigold "Petite Series Mixed" - Very dwarf mixture of the crested French Marigolds, plants only grow to 30cms tall and produce bright coloured flowers in a mixture of orange and red hues. Easy to grow, suited to small pots.
Kale "Dwarf Blue" - This is a Russian variety of kale that produces frilled leaves and is obviously cold hardy. Very productive, each plant can produce for well over a year, in between attacks from the white cabbage moth and its caterpillars.
Cauliflower "Snowball" - An old variety and home grower’s favourite with white/ivory heads that grow to a good size.
Carrot "Cosmic Purple" - Easy to grow, great to look at home variety. Carrots have bright purple skin, with a flesh that comes in a deep orange. They produce long, slender and sweet tasting roots that will be a real eye opener for anyone that thinks a carrot has to be orange.