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Courgette Bambino

New for 2014!
Baby Courgette  n£
10 seeds £2.95   JS3548

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Bush type non running courgette that produces masses of dark green ‘baby’ fruits over a long period. The use of courgette flowers is popular in many restaurants, and this variety can be harvested with the flower on, or the flower can be detached and used separately.

Courgette Collection

New for 2014!
5 varieties of Courgette or Zuchini  n£
10 seeds £4.95   JS3547

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A mixed collection of courgettes for something different. Pack Contains 5 seeds each of :-

Courgette F1 Midnight
Courgette F1 Siesta
Courgette F1 Zephyr
Courgette Piccolo
Courgette Eight Ball

Courgette Eight Ball
Ball shaped Courgette or Zuchini  n£
10 seeds £2.66   JS2750

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A hybrid courgette variety producing dark green, uniform, round fruits. More even cropping with higher yields than open pollinated round varieties. Its bush habit makes it suitable for smaller areas or container growing.

Courgette F1 Cavili
Hybrid Zuchini  n£
6 seeds £2.95   JS2742

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An early parthenocarpic (virgin fruit) variety that can even be used for open field production. The glossy 6” pale green skinned fruits have a fabulous flavour with high yields possible even under bad weather conditions and ideal for outdoor cultivation. Cavili needs no pollination by insects and matures early in just 50 – 60 days!

Courgette F1 Midnight
Spineless Zucchini  n£
10 seeds £2.95   JS3441

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A high yielding modern hybrid with dark green, glossy fruits produced on a very compact plant. Completely spineless making it easy to pick and excellent for growing in large pots.

Courgette F1 Siesta
Yellow Spineless Zucchini  n£
10 seeds £2.95   JS3442

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Another spineless variety with a bushy habit producing vibrant yellow fruits with distinctive white stripes. The leaves also feature some golden yellow markings.

Courgette F1 Zephyr
Hybrid Courgette  n£
10 seeds £1.95   JS3482

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An unusual variety with pale yellow fruits that have a striking green tip. Best picked before getting too large which also helps continued cropping.

Courgette Kojac
Zuchini  n£
10 seeds £2.74   JS2208

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A very high yielding and prolific courgette with dark green fruits. Use as a hot vegetable or try frying in butter for a delicious taste. Pick young for courgettes or leave to large marrows, which are excellent for stuffing with a mincemeat filling and baking in the oven. For a continuous crop pick regularly.

Courgette One Ball Yellow
Hybrid Zuchini  n£
10 seeds £2.49   JS2773

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A bright yellow, round courgette. Attractive appearance with good all round cooking quality. The tennis ball sized fruit are quick to mature with a scrumptious creamy flesh that can be sliced and fried, or baked whole and stuffed.

Courgette Piccolo
Striped Zuchini
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10 seeds £2.49   JS3379

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A British bred dual purpose variety that can be used as a courgette or left to mature rapidly into small round marrows which are perfect stuffed. The fruits are nearly round, uniform and very tasty and the spineless bushy plant will produce them in abundance. Easy to grow and excellent for growing in containers or where space is at a premium

Courgette Taxi
Yellow
Zuchini  n£
10 seeds £1.63   JS2300

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We have been growing these bright yellow courgettes for many years, they are prolific croppers and add a real dash of colour to both the vegetable garden and the table. Pick young as courgettes or leave to large marrows, which are excellent for stuffing with a mincemeat filling and baking in the oven. For a continuous crop pick regularly.

Courgette Tromboncino
Climbing Courgette
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10 seeds £1.95   JS3437

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A very unusual heirloom courgette that has long pale green fruits with a bulbous end. Best picked small for eating but if left can grow to over a metre in length! With its somewhat rude shape it will really make a talking point in your vegetable garden or allotment. To display the unusual fruits at their best try growing it up a frame like a gourd plant.

Cucumber Bianco Lungo
White Cucumber  n£
10 seeds £2.49  JS2982

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This heirloom plant from Italy produces heavy yields of unusual 40cm long slightly rounded shiny white skinned cucumbers. An excellent slicing cucumber which can also be used to make dill pickles. The skin has lots of small protuberances giving it a rustic look and best peeled before eating but with firm flesh and few seeds it makes good eating. Can be grown outside running over the ground or trained up a frame.

Cucumber Burpless Tasty Green
Outdoor Ridge Cucumber  n£
10 seeds £1.25  JS3031

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One of the easiest and most reliable cucumbers you can grow. Its straightforward, easygoing nature means you can grow it outside and still expect generous harvests of fat, firm ridge cucumbers from early in the season until the first frosts. The flavour is delicate and sweet, without any bitterness and with a mouth wateringly crisp, fresh texture.

Cucumber Crystal Lemon
Round Yellow
Cucumber  n£
10 seeds £1.95  JS2989

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A versatile round yellow sweet cucumber with a good flavour, and it doesn't have much of the chemical that makes other cucumbers bitter and hard to digest. Though it's often served raw, it's also a good pickling cucumber. Plants are very easy to grow and do well in areas that have short summers, as fruits mature faster and need less heat to ripen than most cucumbers, pick at about 2" diameter. 10 seeds

Cucumber F1 Carmen
Indoor Cucumber  n£
5 seeds £5.49  JS2209

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A unique all female variety with resistance to all known strains of powdery mildew, scab and leaf-spot. Fruits are bitter free and produced in abundance with 50 or more per plant. Easy to train and day length sensitive. For maximum yield plant March to April.

Cucumber F1 Mira
Cucumber Melon Cross  n£
5 seeds £2.45  JS3032

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An interesting cross between a cucumber and a melon producing a striped melon like cucumber fruit up to 12" in length but slightly fatter. However best harvested at 6" to 9" long when they are at their best. This is more cucumber than melon with a distinct melon flavour and the plants are very prolific. Definitely worth a try but best under glass.

Cucumber La Diva
Mini Cucumber n£
10 seeds  £2.95  JS2754

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Produces mini cucumbers about 6'' long which are bitter free and seedless. The flesh is tender crisp and sweet and the plants, suitable for both outdoor and indoor use, have a good disease resistance.

Cucumber F1 Styx
All Female Hybrid Cucumber n£
5 seeds  £4.36  JS2872

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A top quality all female cucumber with a high tolerance of Powdery Mildew. The plant has an open habit for easy management and the fruits are uniform and quite straight.

Cucumber Iznik
Cocktail Cucumberr n£
6 seeds  £3.95  JS2907

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Cucumber Iznik is an all female mini cucumber variety that produces a high yield of 'snack sized' fruits, typically measuring 10-12cm in length on compact plants. The fruits have a smooth skin and an excellent flavour. It is the ideal variety for container or patio growing and resistant to Cucumber Scab and Powdery Mildew.

Cucumber Mini White
Mini White Cucumber n£
10 seeds  £2.49  JS2983

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Miniature white produces high yields of small white cucumbers. One of the best white cucumbers on the market as it has no bitterness and excellent for salads, pickles, or gourmet dishes. Impress your neighbours by growing some white cucumbers!

Cucumber Tanja  n£

ORGANIC SEED
10 seeds £1.66  JS2210

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Organic seed producing robust plants with slim, dark green 1ft long fruits, which are free from any bitterness. Suitable for polytunnel or outdoor cultivation.

Cucumis melo Golden Sweet
Oriental Melon n£
10 seeds £3.95  JS2042

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An unusual small Oriental melon, with oblong-shaped melons 3-4 inches long, these fruits have a smooth, golden skin and a very crisp, sweet white flesh. Plant grows vigorously in warm climates. This melon is very prolific and is very popular in Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Sow seeds in seed pots in spring and transplant to a greenhouse border or warm frame when large enough. The plant begins to set fruits 40 days after transplanting.

Cucumis metuliferus
Horned Melon n£
10 seeds £3.95   JS1931

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Cucumis metuliferus, or ‘horned melon’ or is a fast growing annual vine related to the cucumber family that is best planted in a greenhouse as our summers are not really warm enough for it. Prized by some for its slightly bitter papaya and watermelon flavour. Beware though the fruits have thorns and the leaves have very small spines. Best grown for its novelty value.

Cucumis sativas
Oriental Cucumber Suhyo n£
10 seeds £2.21    JS1916

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Suhyo is a long-time favourite cucumber in Japan, that produces long slender cucumbers, 1” x 18”. The cucumber skin is dark green and has small spines. The flesh is firm, crisp and delicious. A very productive variety.

Cucurbita Buttercup
Squash n£
10 seeds  £2.28   JS1920

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Squash make an excellent vegetable and are easy to grow, use either just diced and cooked, or stuffed with a mincemeat filling. Buttercup a late autumn variety, is said to be the smoothest, best flavoured squash yet produced, up to 3 or 4 lbs. each.

Cucurbita Cream of the Crop
Squash n£
10 seeds  £2.28   JS1921

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Squash make an excellent vegetable and are easy to grow, use either just diced and cooked, or stuffed with a mincemeat filling. ‘Cream of the Crop’ is an All American Winner and a winter acorn squash with a tasty creamy flesh.

Cucurbita Crown Prince
Squash n£
10 seeds  £2.28   JS2870

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Crown prince is a winter Squash with a sweet nutty flavour and pale grey skin.

Cucurbita Delicata
Hybrid Squash n£
10 seeds  £2.28   JS2735

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Specially selected strain of the much-loved Delicata, (sweet potato) squash bred for the UK market. Pretty elongated fruit, with white / green stripes and a yellow flesh that has a delicate and sumptuously nutty flavour. It is a compact vine, ideal for small gardens with good disease resistance.

Cucurbita Hunter F1 Butternut
Hybrid Squash n£
10 seeds  £2.28   JS3224

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Bred in the UK this early butternut should be ready in August from a May sowing. It has an open plant habit allowing natural sunlight to ripen the fruits and they will produce 4 to 5, 800g fruits per plant. 95 days to maturity. Stores well with a sweet flavour.

Cucurbita Kabocha
Squash n£
10 seeds  £2.28   JS1918

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Squash make an excellent vegetable and are easy to grow, use either just diced and cooked, or stuffed with a mincemeat filling. Kabocha has a very sweet nutty flavour and is a particular favourite of ours.

Cucurbita Moonbeam
Summer Squash Hybrid n£
10 seeds  £2.28   JS3320

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An excellent hybrid pie-shaped patty pan variety, with scallop edged fruits. Maturing after only 45-50 days with a good flavour and texture. Suited for both baby and standard sized fruit production. Pale green to white skin, with pale green flesh.

Cucurbita Uchiki Kuri
Squash n£
10 seeds  £2.28   JS1919

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Squash make an excellent vegetable and are easy to grow, use either just diced and cooked, or stuffed with a mincemeat filling. For a fabulous red colour display as well as a delicious vegetable with a sweet creamy flesh try Uchiki Kuri.

Cyclanthera pedata
Caigua or Stuffing Cucumber n£
10 seeds  £2.95   JS3431

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Caigua is a slender tropical vine from South America from the cucumber family. It produces a pale green, semi-flattened fruit resembling a cucumber that is 4" to 6" long. However unlike a cucumber, the inside of the ripe fruit is hollow and eaten much like bell peppers - either raw or cooked (after the seeds are removed). They are also prepared as stuffed peppers; stuffed with meat, fish or cheese and then baked - earning it's name "Stuffing Cucumber". Research conducted in Peru has reported that Caigua can lower cholesterol levels in humans by up to 20% and is becoming popular in the USA as a health food.

Marrow Long Green Trailing

New for 2014!
Exhibition Giant Marrow n£
10 seeds  £1.95   JS3536

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A strong growing strain which will develop extra large dark green exhibition quality fruit. High yielding trailing plant. Ideal for winter storage. Needs space!

Melon Banana
Heritage Banana Melon n£
10 seeds  £2.99   JS2993

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Banana Melon is a heritage stumpy "banana" shaped melon, hence the name but it does not taste of bananas. Fruits are about 2ft long with a smooth yellow skin and salmon pink flesh. Not very aromatic until it is cut open or when it naturally opens fully ripe and then it has a very strong sweet exotic pineapple/banana scent. Excellent sweet spicy flavour and 80 days from seed sowing to fruit in warm conditions in a greenhouse or polytunnel. I went to find this item after a customer told me he used to grow it but could not find a seed source anymore. We ripened a couple of these in 2013 in  a poly tunnel and the taste was delicious!

Melon F1 Sweetheart
Canteloupe Melon
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10 seeds £2.99   JS2217

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All melons are best grown under glass or in a warm cold frame. This one is a Charantais F1 hybrid producing early, heavy yields of good sized fruits with a smooth skin. The flesh is sweet with a mild aromatic flavour. Medium globe shaped fruits to 600gms.

Watermelon Yellow Doll
Water Melon
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10 seeds £2.99   JS3015

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The crisp yellow flesh of watermelon Yellow Doll is sweet and delicious with a thin rind and few seeds. It sets heavily on a smaller than normal vines and very early to mature so favoured in USA northern states who have shorter summers. Fruit averages 3 to 5 lbs and matures in 75 days but best tried under glass. We think it is one of the best varieties to try and grow in the UK.

Melothria scabra
Mouse Melons n£
20 seeds £2.85   JS1999

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Egg shaped inch-long green & white striped or mottled fruits resembling tiny watermelons. Fast-growing annual with lobed leaves from Mexico. Fruits have a tasty flavour and crunchy in texture, used in salads or stir fries and pickled in Mexico where they are known as Mexican Sour Gherkins.

Momordica charantia
Bangkok Hybrid large fruited Bitter Melon n£
5 seeds £2.13   JS1904

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This tropical, annual vine has a bitter taste and is used in, soup, curry, and salads. (If you don’t like the bitter taste, parboil with salt and rinse 2-3 times before cooking.) The Thais believe that it is very good for the kidneys and blood. Grow under glass or in a polytunnel like a cucumber vine. This new large fruited hybrid has early to medium fruit maturity on vigorous plants. The fruits (8” to 15” long) are set mostly on the lateral vines similar to Gourd plants.

Momordica cochinchinensis
Gac Fruit n£
5 large seeds £4.95   JS3000

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Gac is one of these so called wonder fruits from Southeast Asian that has been traditionally used as both food and medicine in the regions in which it grows. It is a relative of the bitter gourd but Gac has been shown to be especially high in lycopene content. Relative to mass, it contains up to 70 times the amount of lycopene found in tomatoes. It has also been found to contain up to 10 times the amount of beta-carotene of carrots or sweet potatoes. There has also been recent research that suggests that Gac contains a protein that may inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells. You will need both male and female vines to cross pollinate for fruit which may prove a bit of a challenge in the UK even under glass.
 

Momordica grosvenori
"Luo Han Guo" or "Arhat Fruit" n£
10 seeds £4.95   JS3426

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Luo Han Guo or Arhat Fruit is a perennial vine of the gourd family, cultivated in northern Guangxi of China where they have used it for centuries for both its sweet flavour and its medicinal properties. After being processed, it can be used as a remedy for colds and congestion of the lung. The natural non caloric sweetening agents contained in the fruits are also antioxidative, anticarcinogenic, and helpful in preventing diabetic complications.

Grow in the same way as other gourds up a trellis outside in a warm location or under glass after starting off the seed early in the spring.

Pumpkin Dill's Atlantic Giant
The Worlds Largest Pumpkin!  n£
5 Seeds  £1.89   JS1540

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Have a go and see how big you can grow a pumpkin. This variety regularly produces 400 lb. pumpkins with a record weight of over 1000 lbs.! I have even heard that in hot weather the vine can grow 3ft over night! You will need a big warm plot for one of these and some rich manure dug in. Note this variety is much larger than "Hundredweight" that has had a lot of publicity lately.

Pumpkin F1 Jack of all Trades
Halloween Pumpkin  n£
10 Seeds  £1.89   JS2005

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Perfect for Halloween with the right size, skin colour and quality, but also good for eating. You can expect pumpkins to weigh about 5kg to 7kg. Why not let the kids have a go at growing them for Halloween?

Pumpkin Freaky Tom
Halloween Pumpkin  n£
5 Seeds  £2.62   JS2676

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This is an unusual heavily warted pumpkin bred especially for Halloween. The fruit is about 12" high and 10" across weighing 5 to 6 kilos. Perfect for carving and it also stores well. The kids will just love this one!

Pumpkin Snowman
White Pumpkin n£
10 Seeds  £1.89   JS2006

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A unique white coloured pumpkin capable of 3kg to 4kg weight and perfect for decoration with its smooth uniform skin. Medium to late maturity and popular with interior design enthusiasts.

Sicana odorifera
Cassabanana  n£
10 Seeds  £3.16   JS1738

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A perennial tropical vine from the cucumber family, producing 1-2 ft long brownish fruits, which are yellow inside and eaten raw or used in preserves. The fruit also has a sweet scent like a ripe melon. Grow as a fast growing novelty annual. In tropical regions it will cover and often smother 50ft tall trees and is often grown as an ornamental as well as for fruit. Flowers are aromatic yellow to 2".

Snake Gourd
Trichosanthes Cucumerina or Snake Gourd  n£
5 Seeds  £3.16   JS2719

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The Snake Gourd is by nature one of the tastier gourds as compared to bottle gourd and bitter gourds. It is an annual climber like other gourds with lobed, rich green leaves. It has lacy white flowers that bloom in summer evenings followed by white striped slender fruit that turns orange when ripe. This species is commonly grown for its use as a vegetable in stir fries, curries or use as a medicine.

Wax Gourd
Oblong Tong or Winter Melon  n£
10 Seeds  £1.95   JS2720

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Wax Gourd, also called White Gourd and Tong Qwa, is a fast-growing, long-season, warm-climate vegetable. The plant grows like the pumpkin over the ground and can grow up to 50 pounds. Fruits can be stored in a cool place for months and used later in the winter season, Tong Qwa means "Winter Melon" in Chinese. In the UK best grown under glass or planted out in a very warm sunny position after starting off earlier in pots in heat.

 

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