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I am looking to grow more perennial vegetables, and heritage varieties, that I can save seed from year to year. Any suggestions for good performance/ taste? I already have asparagus and globe artichoke and seedlings of seakale.

Tilia Cordata/ small leaved lime, apparently the leaves are as good a base for salad as lettuce, anyone growing this?

Or perennial Babbington leek?

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Hey there, at Chelsea this year a Courtyard Garden named 'The Old Gate' promoted heritage vegetables.
These are the selection they chose: Dwarf fench bean var. 'Hutterite Soup', Runner Beans var. 'Coal', Beetroot var. 'Cooks Delight', Cabbage var. 'Delaway', Carrots var. 'White Belgium', Peas 'Lancashire Lad', Radishes var. 'Rats tail', Lettuce var. 'Bath Cos', Rhubarb var. 'Victoria'...

I hope that is some help?

30 Jun, 2007


Hi Joey, Chelsea, how lovely, wish I could have been there, but because i care for my elderly Mum I don't get out much. Thank you, that was helpful, you don't happen to know the seed company do you?

30 Jun, 2007


Hi there, I dont know the seed company but I am off to Hampton Court tomorrow and I know that there is a garden comparing new and old with more heritage varieties so I will keep an eye out for supplier information for you!

3 Jul, 2007


Ooo, and I am an avid collector of all the information they give out at these shows, a habit I caught from my Mum who has years worth of planting plans from Chelsea.

3 Jul, 2007


Have fun on your visit Joey, thank you. Don't forget thhe camera!

3 Jul, 2007


Hi there, have had a great day and now am feeling exhausted - luckily the trusty pac-a-mac was only used twice in the whole day! I had a chat with the lady who designed the garden and she sent me to
which has lots of old varieties and fab adverts for them all too. I got there via that actually is looking for 'seed guardians' to look after particularly rare veg. seed. I thought this might be of interest to you? Take a look anyway and keep an eye out for my pics!

4 Jul, 2007


Hi Joey, that was very kind of you, thank you. I looked up the seed company, they look like the seed quantities are generous, and there were some really innteresting ones. I did notice they also do wild flower and cottage garden seeds and a scented collection which might interest you.

5 Jul, 2007


Thanks Tussiemussie you are absolutely right, I will have a bit more of an explore. Let me know how you get on with the veg.

7 Jul, 2007

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