My favourite heritage and heirloom tomato varieties are all open-pollinated and so I am able to save seed from all of them.  I hold 67 varieties in my library, a mix of sizes, colours and culinary uses.  They all have their own stories to tell and are important in food cultures around the world.  Deciding which ones make the top ten are first and foremost because of their flavour.


This indeterminate American heirloom, Cherokee Purple is the best salad tomato I grow.  Large fruit are abundant on sturdy plants that do best in a greenhouse.  Deeply flavoured with a wonderful balance of sweetness and acidity.  Perfect with mozzarella and basil, a dribble of olive oil and sprinkle of salt.  Utter bliss.  The full story of this wonderful tomato can be found here https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08/18/432771713/cherokee-purple-the-story-behind-one-of-our-favorite-tomatoes?t=1633364185935




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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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