Since I discovered my first heirloom pepper in Donetsk in the late eighties I have been on a quest to seek out unusual, rare, endangered and above all, delicious vegetables that I could grow at home.  Saving seeds of these varieties is at the heart of what I do: first and foremost  for the Heritage Seed Library, to share with other growers, to return to the cultures that have lost or are losing them and to encourage the cultivation of local varieties in the UK that can be widely enjoyed by everyone who wants to reconnect with their own food culture and eat local. I am fortunate to have travelled widely for work and discovery.  The first place I want to go when I am in a new country or city is the local morning market.  There I hope to find growers selling produce grown from seeds that have been in their family, often for generations.  Many of my most exciting discoveries have been in Myanmar, Laos, Rajasthan and Syria

I spend a lot of time meeting with farmers and fellow seed collectors from Australia to Catalonia and all places in between.  They are always more than happy to share some of their seeds and when I am able to visit them again I like to return seeds too.

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Three of my favourite peas looking blooming lovely. The promise of a brilliant mange tout to come with the purple flower of Jaune de Madras, the blousy flower of Dwarf Defiance and pretty double flowers of Carters Dwarf Sugar pea which are perfect for pots and small gardens


More planting out of crops for ⁦@HeritageSeedsUK⁩ using a pinch of excellent ⁦@CarbonGold⁩ in the planting hole. Morden Yellow is an ex-commercial Canadian cultivar no longer in production. Looking forward to see just how delicious they are and to save loads of seed.


The first pods of ⁦@HeritageSeedsUK⁩ dwarf pea Tom Thumb. Gorgeous in a pot and even better consumed

A trugfull of treats for a spring supper. Durham Early cabbage, Syrian Small broad beans and Douce Provence peas all grown from my home-saved seed. I cannot claim the asparagus which I bought as crowns. Too delicious to do anything more than steam and eat with a little butter 😋

Perfect weather for planting out @HeritageSeedsUK runner bean SIMM’s Corsair which I am growing out for seed for the library. Now time needed to encourage those leaders to twine 😋😋


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