As Spring is fast approaching, it’s time to start planning both the allotment plot and greenhouse for the growing season ahead. Also, now that the 2017 seed catalogs and lists have started to appear in abundance, there isn’t anything more exciting than finding new and unusual vegetables and varieties to try and grow next year!
Over the past few years, I’ve attempted to compile an ever evolving list of some of the best places to buy exciting and unusual vegetable seeds. However, there are bound to be plenty of amazing sites I’ve missed out. So, if you have a particular favourite then let me know in the comments or on Twitter and I can add it to the list.
Places to buy interesting and unusual varieties of vegetables and fruit;
The Real Seed Catalogue – Possibly the best UK collection of often rare and unusual open pollinated seeds. Tends to be my first stop for most seeds!
Pennards Plants – Huge collection of unusual and rare vegetable seeds. As as added bonus they also have absolutely lovely seed packets.
Thomas Etty Esq. Seeds – Specialising in heritage vegetable varieties.
Victoriana Nursery – Large range of vegetable seeds, plug plants and fruit plus a fantastic selection of chilli seeds.
Otter Farm Shop – Plenty of interesting vegetables, herbs, nuts, spices and fruit from Mark Diacono.
Baker Creek Seeds – An absolutely huge range of often unusual and heritage vegetable seeds, based in the US but will ship to the UK. I could literally spend hours just browsing their website!
Sea Spring Seeds – Large range of vegetable seeds with an absolutely fantastic range of chilli seeds.
Beans and Herbs – Wide variety of rare and unusual bean seeds.
Backyard Larder– Wide range of perennial vegetables for sale.
Bobby Seeds – Specialists in Squashes and Pumpkins with at least 300 different varieties.
Agroforestry Research Trust – Wide selection of unusual fruit trees/bushes and perennial edibles.
KORE Wild Fruit Nursery – Collection of unusual fruits and edible perennials
Edulis – Large selection of unusual edibles with plenty of interesting perennials.
Jekka’s Herb Farm – Huge collection of herbs, I mean absolutely huge….!
Poyntzfield Herb Nursery – Same as above really, over 400 varieties of herbs for sale.
Seeds of Italy – Lovely selection of seeds including a particularly fine selection of courgettes and tomatoes.
Organic Garden Catalogue – Huge range of organic vegetable seeds.
Brown Envelope Seeds – A great selection of open pollinated vegetable, grain and herb seeds.
Incredible Vegetables – Some wonderful unusual vegetables including Ulluco, Skirret and Perennial Kale.