Aubergine 'Bellezza nera' is a traditional Italian eggplant which produces large oval to round, darkly coloured fruits. It has excellent texture and flavour, making it an essential ingredient for many Italian and Greek dishes.
Artichoke Green Globe Improved is an artichoke with sharp spines greatly reduced and larger, heavier bearing, consistent quality globe-shaped heads. Height: 120-180cm (4-6ft).
A very strong growing and productive strain, Asparagus Martha Washington produces long, thick spears in May and early June. Suitable for freezing.
Beetroot Monorubra produces long, cylindrical roots which are perfect for slicing. They have a firm, crimson flesh that is slow to go woody. It is a monogerm variety which produces only one or two seedlings per cluster making thinning out far easier.
Butternut squash Sprinter ia a fast maturing variety, ideal for the cooler northern climate. Each plant will typically produce 2-4 lbs of fruit in a growing season. The fruit has a sweet firm flesh together with a small seed cavity so there is little waste.
One of the earliest, Broccoli Early Sprouting Rudolph produces tasty large spears. If you live in a colder climate then you can still expect early harvests from mid February.
Broccoli Romanesco natalino produces individual florets with lovely spirals giving a magical appearance from late summer to early frosts, from successional plantings. The florets are an unususal bright lime-green in colour with a distinctive and almost nutty flavour. Protect heads against frost with fleece to extend season.
Cabbage Offenham 2 is suitable for both spring and autumn cropping, either as just greens or as a fully hearted crop. They are easy to grow and are an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamin C.
Easy to grow. Large, white roots with wonderful piquant flavour, similar to celery. Stores well after harvesting for winter use. A versatile vegetable for mash, soups, stews or grated raw in salads.
Fast maturing plants that form crisp hearts of tender leaves with succulant crunchy mid-ribs. Resistant to club root and slow to bolt, helping them to stad well in the garden.