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Allium  fistulosum NCG 007 Allium fistulosum
Welsh Onion, Bunching Onion

A non-bulbing 'bunching onion' that is useful when just a hint of onion is required. An attractive plant that can be grown in an ornamental bed. Bees and other beneficial insects love it!

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Allium vineale NCG 401 Allium vineale
Crow garlic

Although crow garlic is often considered a weed (the bulbils produced at the tip of the stems fall to the ground and can cause it to spread rather too eagerly!), if you don't have space to grow proper garlic but would like to add a hint of fresh garlic to…

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Apium graveolens secalinum NCG 236 Apium graveolens secalinum
Leaf celery, Wild celery, 'Par-Cel', Smallage

Looking almost identical to flat leaved parsley, all parts of this plant have a strong celery scent and flavour. Add a sprig or finely chopped leaves to stocks and sauces. The insignificant flowers are white, followed by masses of seed, which can be used to make celery salt (hover over…

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Asparagus officinalis NCG 400 Asparagus officinalis
Garden asparagus

Growing this delicious and exceedingly healthy vegetable from seed might seem a strange idea, since there is a long wait before even crowns can be harvested. Seed-grown asparagus means another year's wait, but the plants will tend to be stronger and healthier than those from bare-rooted crowns that may have…

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Barbarea verna NCG 091 Barbarea verna
American land cress, Winter Cress, Wild Rocket

Perhaps the best thing about wild rocket is that (as its other common name makes clear!) it produces lush foliage at times when other salad plants are not available. Its strong, pungent flavour is not dissimilar to water cress. Finely chopped, it makes an interesting addition to sandwiches. Treat as…

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Borago officinalis, Blue NCG 593 Borago officinalis, Blue
Borage, Blue

Borage is edible - the flowers, which have a flavour reminiscent of cucumber, can be added to summer drinks or as a garnish on salads and other cold dishes. The leaves can also be added, wilted, to Mediterranean recipes such as pasta sauces and to ravioli stuffing. Borage is very…

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Calendula officinalis NCG 049 Calendula officinalis
Pot Marigold

One of the most recognisable and popular cottage garden plants, this Calendula mixture will light up the garden for many months with an abundance of yellow and orange blooms, some double. Makes a nice addition to small flower arrangements, so cut often to encourage repeat flowering and to keep the…

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Capsicum annum, Ramiro NCG 626 Capsicum annum, Ramiro
Sweet Horn Pepper, Ramiro

Long fruits with a rich, sweet flavour. Fully ripe, red, fruits are sweeter than those that are still green. If it is necessary to harvest green peppers at the end of the season, they can be placed on a warm, sunny window sill to ripen.

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Capsicum annuum NCG 100 Capsicum annuum
Sweet Pepper, Bell Pepper

A blocky-shaped fruit with a mild, sweet flavour. Fully ripe, red, fruits are sweeter than those that are still green. If it is necessary to harvest green peppers at the end of the season, they can be placed on a warm, sunny window sill to ripen.

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Capsicum frutescens - Bird Eye NCG 101 Capsicum frutescens - Bird Eye
Bird Eye Chilli

A small, medium-hot chilli with a thin skin which dries easily, but for fresh chillies all year round, keep a a pot indoors by a warm, sunny window during the winter. Prune the plant in spring to encourage new, bushy growth. It is possible to keep chilli plants for a…

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Chaenomeles  speciosa 'Geisha Girl' AGM NCG 086 Chaenomeles speciosa 'Geisha Girl' AGM
Ornamental Quince

A very attractive and useful hardy, semi-evergreen shrub with masses of soft peach flowers in Spring. Easy to grow and well worth trying. Flowers are nectar-rich so attractive to bees. Also makes a good hedging plant.

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Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis 'Hearts of Gold' NCG 490 Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis 'Hearts of Gold'
Cantaloupe or Musk Melon 'Hearts of Gold'

An heirloom variety, dating back to 1895, which has stood the test of time and is very suitable for growing in the UK. The fruits are ribbed, dark-green with heavy white netting and the deep-orange flesh is very sweet and fragrant.

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Cucurbita pepo 'Yellow Golden' NCG 102 Cucurbita pepo 'Yellow Golden'
Courgette, Zuccini 'Yellow Golden'

The golden-yellow fruits of this variety are particularly sweet! Pick when young, but allow some to develop to full-sized 'marrows' at the end of the season... they will keep in a cool, airy place all winter and are delicious stuffed with a Mediterranean-style filling, the base ingredients being onions, sweet…

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Cynara cardunculus NCG 625 Cynara cardunculus
Cardoon

The cardoon, also called the artichoke thistle, is a member of the sunflower family. It is native to the western and central Mediterranean region. A robust plant, growing up to 2.4m/8 feet tall, it produces large, purplish-pink, thistle-like flower heads above divided, grey-green foliage. The immature flowers, called globe artichokes,…

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Cyperus esculentus NCG 807 Cyperus esculentus
Tiger nut, Chufa

Although commonly referred to as nuts, the edible parts of this variety of grass are actually tubers. They are therefore suitable for individuals with nut allergies (though please research if in doubt). Highly nutritious - in fact classified as a 'super food' and a natural source of pro-biotics - with…

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Foeniculum vulgare NCG 058 Foeniculum vulgare
Common fennel (herb)

An attractive culinary herb, fennel is a large plant with feathery leaves (these seeds will probably produce a mixture of green and bronze-leaved varieties) that looks well in ornamental beds. The flat umbels of small flowers are followed by aromatic seeds with a liquorice/aniseed flavour, Both leaves and seeds are…

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Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' NCG 592 Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Bronze-leaved fennel

The bronze-leaved variety of this attractive culinary herb. Fennel is a large plant with feathery leaves that looks well in ornamental beds. The flat umbels of small flowers are followed by aromatic seeds with a liquorice/aniseed flavour, Both leaves and seeds are traditionally used in fish recipes. The seeds also…

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Fragaria vesca NCG 553 Fragaria vesca
Wild strawberry (single form)

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Fragaria vesca 'Flore Pleno' NCG 554 Fragaria vesca 'Flore Pleno'
Wild strawberry 'Flore Pleno' (Double form)

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Ocimum basilicum 'Dark Opal' (Organic) NCG 479 Ocimum basilicum 'Dark Opal' (Organic)
Basil 'Dark Opal'

A dark-purple variety of basil, with smaller, more toothed leaves than the more commonly-grown Sweet Genovese. Great for adding contrasting colour to salads and tomato dishes. For companion planting enthusiasts, basil is said to encourage the growth of tomatoes, peppers and chillies!

NOTE: These are externally sourced, organic seeds.

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Ocimum basilicum 'Sweet Genovese' (Organic) NCG 209 Ocimum basilicum 'Sweet Genovese' (Organic)
Basil 'Sweet Genovese'

Almost everyone must be familiar with this very aromatic basil variety, with its large, green cushion-leaved foliage. For companion planting enthusiasts, basil is said to encourage the growth of tomatoes, peppers and chillies (and of course it is also a perfect companion in the kitchen for these and many other…

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Petroselinum crispum var. crispum NCG 153 Petroselinum crispum var. crispum
Curly Leaved Parsley

This variety of parsley forms bright green clumps of tightly crinkled leaves. No doubt everyone will be familiar with its use as a garnish in diverse situations (including, traditionally, the butcher's shop window - although often as plastic replicas!) and as a vital ingredient in stocks, soups and stews. Parsley…

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Petroselinum crispum var. neapolitanum AGM NCG 041 Petroselinum crispum var. neapolitanum AGM
Flat-leaved parsley

Sow wherever you have spare ground that retains moisture and provides some shade and you will have an almost continual supply of this verstile, vitamin C-packed herb throughout most of the year. A ridiculously simple, refreshing and healthy salad idea: finely chop a large handful of parsley and mix with…

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Phaseolus vulgaris 'Lingua di Fuoco Nano' (dwarf) NCG 493 Phaseolus vulgaris 'Lingua di Fuoco Nano' (dwarf)
Borlotto (Borlotti) Bean 'Lingua di Fuoco Nano'

Both strikingly attractive and delicious, Borlotto beans, with their soft-red and creamy-white markings, sweet flavour and creamy texture, can be used both in casseroles or as an addition to salads. (There is no need to soak fresh beans before cooking, but if you intend to dry and store your crop,…

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Physalis alkekengi NCG 097 Physalis alkekengi
Chinese Lanterns

Familiar to many as an ingredient in dried flower arrangements, with its rich orange lanterns, many do not know that the small red fruit contained in within the husks is edible and has a higher concentration of vitamin C than lemons! However, the rest of the plant is poisonous, so…

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Punica granatum NCG 566 Punica granatum
Pomegranate

Although usually associated with warmer climes, the pomegranate can withstand temperatures as low as -15C. Best sited in a sheltered, sunny position. In particularly cold areas of the UK, it might be advisable to grow in a container, to be overwintered in an unheated greenhouse.

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Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum NCG 583 Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum
Watercress

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Rumex acetosa NCG 436 Rumex acetosa
Common sorrel

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Rumex sanguineus var. sanguineus NCG 542 Rumex sanguineus var. sanguineus
Bloody dock, Red-veined dock, Red-veined sorrel

This most unusual and attractive foliage plant produces dense clumps of deep-green leaves with striking, beetroot-red veins. The colouring is usually more pronounced at cooler times of the year. The flower spikes have insignificant blooms and are best removed to encourage more foliage and to prevent self-seeding.

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Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Cherry' NCG 487 Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Cherry'
Tomato 'Black Cherry'

This tomato variety produces masses of small, deep, purplish-red to mahoganiy-brown, sweet and juicy fruits. Perfect for the simplest of tomato salads - just slice or quarter and sprinkle on balsamic vinegar, a pinch of salt, plenty of freshly ground pepper and perhaps a little finely sliced red onion scattered…

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Solanum lycopersicum 'Brandywine Black' (Organic) NCG 486 Solanum lycopersicum 'Brandywine Black' (Organic)
Tomato 'Brandywine Black' (Heirloom)

Like other beefsteak tomatoes, this heirloom variety produces large, frequently irregular-shaped fruits, but is unusual in that it has potato-leaved foliage. The tomatoes can vary somewhat in colour, usually a rosy hue, sometimes green-shouldered, but they are renowned for their exceptional flavour.

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Solanum lycopersicum 'Marmande' NCG 103 Solanum lycopersicum 'Marmande'
Tomato 'Marmande'

Medium-sized beefsteak-type tomatoes growing on sturdy vines. A wonderful, full flavour... an essential ingredient for authentic Mediterranean-style recipes and salads!

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Solanum lycopersicum 'Sun Gold' NCG 106 Solanum lycopersicum 'Sun Gold'
Tomato 'Sun Gold'

The small, golden yellow fruits are sweet and juicy. It's just as well that they fruit prolifically, because it is difficult to pass by the greeenhouse in summer without snacking!

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