Between 1838 and 1839 the Cherokee people of the United States were forced to march across the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma. This winter death march is known as the Trail of Tears as over 4,000 people died making the trip.
In 1977 a member of Seed Savers Exchange named Dr. John Wyche from Hugo, Oklahoma donated these seeds to our collection. It is thought that his Cherokee ancestors carried this heirloom bean with them on the Trail of Tears.Beans were domesticated in the Americas thousands of years ago and serve as a protein in the diet of humans and animals.
Growing this bean takes about 55 days to produce a purple podded green bean and 90 days to dry beans. This is a vigorous climber that we enjoy very much as a fresh green bean and have found to be highly productive. Botanical name Phaseolus vulgarisPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30Grower name Richard Watson
Beet - 66RW9 - MangelbeetDetails .
Best eaten when small while still sweet,larger roots used as animal feed. Sow in spring or after the shortest day in the northern half of North IslandBotanical name Beta vulgarisPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents approx 50Grower name Richard Watson
Broad Bean - 41NS8 - El BeanoDetails pure white flowers. The pods enclose beans that are SWEET, and which remain GREEN once cooked. Try raw. These broad beans are my own selection, from possibly a random mutation, over 35 years ago. That original, pure white- flowered specimen caught my eye. I much preferred the flavour and colour of its beans, over others. I think you will, too. Kids love them raw,and as such they are wonderful in salads. In colder parts of the South Island and Inland North Island you dont want to sow broad beans between March and and early May if plants are over 10cm tall, heavy frosts will damage or kill. Plants under this size handle frosts well.
Botanical name Vicia FabaPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30Grower name Nev&Sue Sinclair
A large Hungarian sweet pepper that turns from yellow to red when ripe,ideal for stuffing.Botanical name Capsicum annuumPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 30 seedsGrower name Richard Watson
Botanical name Capsicum AnnuumPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 30 seedsGrower name Nev&Sue Sinclair
Carrot - 60RW17 - BenhornDetails This original line of carrot dates back to the late 80's when an old gardener gave Richard carrot seed that he had grown for most of his life, the name of this carrot had been long forgotten so it was named Benhorn in 2000. It is a large stumpy carrot which has been selected for its sweetness and flavour. This is done by tasting each carrot before being replanted back for flowering and later seed production. To add to Benhorn's genetics two new carrots - St.Valery and Kuroda were used in the 20016-17 season in cross pollinating.Botanical name Daucus carota subsp. sativusPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents approx 200Grower name Richard Watson
Botanical name Apium graveolens var. dulcePrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 100 seedsGrower name Richard Watson
Chard - 21RW20 - CompactumDetails A dark green leaf and stem chardBotanical name Beta vulgarisPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 50 seedsGrower name Richard Watson
Breeding work on the onion is currently being done, the Egyptian Walking tree onion is a F1 clone which is a cross between the Walsh and a standard brown onion, through bulbil removal and hand pollination 13 seeds were produced in 2015, from those 13 only 5 seedlings germinated, one of those later died. During that summer the four remaining plants grew and divided given me 23 new base onions, these were then replanted out separately and its hoped they will produce more seed. The goal is to develop a open pollinate walking onion that is grown from seed and not bulbils
Sold out for the season Botanical name Allium cepaPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 20-30 bulbilsGrower name Richard Watson
Various native peoples in the American and Mexican West today drink epazote tea or eat the plant to facilitate childbirth and ease painful menstruation as well as to expel worms and relieve gastrointestinal disorders (some of which might be brought on by the worms). Epazote leaves also have been poulticed on arthritic joints, athlete’s foot, and insect bites.Botanical name Dysphania ambrosioidesPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents lots and lotsGrower name Richard Watson
Evening-primrose oil is being studied as a supplement for those who don't get enough omega-6 fat from their diet and also is showing some promising results in reducing nerve damage caused by diabetes.Botanical name Oenothera biennisPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 50 seedsGrower name Nev&Sue Sinclair
Seed is from these flowers and will again produce new combinations hence why its named 'surprise mix'. Seed needs stratification so either sow outdoors in autumn or kept damp in the fridge for six weeks before sowingBotanical name GladiolusPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 100Grower name Richard Watson
Seed harvested Feb 2017
Botanical name Brassica napusPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 60Grower name Richard Watson
Botanical name Brassica napusPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 60Grower name Richard Tew
Best sown in spring forming clumps by late summer/autumn, if left in the ground through the following winter the clumps will form a mass of corns meaning the perennial leek will become permanent and difficult to eradicate.Some gardeners may prefer its perpetual feature while others prefer it as a annual vegetable by insuring its harvested before winter. Due to poor seed set there is only a small seed available, but bulbs can be ordered instead. LAST SUMMER SAW POOR SEED SET, HOPING FOR BETTER THIS SEASONBotanical name Allium ampeloprasumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 50Grower name Richard Watson
Lettuce - 25RW43 - MescherDetails An heirloom that dates back to the 1700s in Austria A fast-hearting spring type, green with red-tinged leaves, and small very dense heads with perfect butter flavour
Currently a seed crop has been planted for seed and should be available March 2017Botanical name Lactuca sativaPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 40Grower name Richard Watson
lettuce - 26RW44 - mixed varietiesDetails A collection of lettuce of some unknown varieties that grow wild around my garden and other listed types.Botanical name Beta vulgarisPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents approx 50Grower name Richard Watson
Botanical name Allium cepaPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 50 seedsGrower name Richard Watson
Selection work involves sowing seed early spring so as to give the onion the longest possible growing season, this way the idea is to expose any onions that have a undesirable tendency to bolt to seed in its first year, its the second year that the onion is used seed production. After the first years growth, only onion that have excellent size and shape are stored for winter, springtime the first 50% that start to grow green shoots while still in storage are discarded and the remain 50% slow bolters planted back out from seed production. The slower the bolters the better the keeping ability.Botanical name Allium cepaPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 50Grower name Richard Watson
Parsley - 64RW53 - Hamburg root parsleyDetails Hamburg is grown for its very tasty roots that are good raw and cooked, divine oven roasted also great with mashed potatoes,leaves can also be eaten.
Sow in spring in deep free draining soil as it takes a full growing season to reach full sizeBotanical name Petroselinum crispumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents approx 50Grower name Richard Watson
They grow best in a light, rich soil. A generous amount of compost or humus in some other form.Botanical name Pastinaca sativaPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents approx 60Grower name Rick Ginders
Pea - 55RT60 - OnwardDetails Marrowfat pea (if dried also used for mushy or wasabi peas) that produces thick blunt pods filled with 6-8 peas. Matures in around 75 days. Needs to be staked to support the plants.Botanical name Pisum sativumPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 40Grower name Richard Tew
Pea - 56RW61 - Kalverdon MonarchDetails
An excellent early variety producing heavy crops of well-filled pods.
Ideal for succession sowing to provide crops through mid-summer and autumn too, producing heavy crops over a very long season. Seed available Feb 2017Botanical name Pisum sativumPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 40Grower name Richard Watson
Pea - 57RG62 - Giant AldermanDetails A tall climber that can get as high as 3m, has large pods and peas, The Alderman pea variety is known to date back to 1893 and was a common site in Victorian kitchen gardens. Its long-cropping time made it ideal for using fresh and any excess crops were dried, stored and used later in the year for soups, stews and other dishes. The Americans have their own version of the Alderman variety which they call the Tall Telephone in honour of Alexander Graham Bell who invented the telephone.Botanical name Pisum sativumPrice per packet $3.00Grower name Rick Ginders
Pea -53RW63 - Snow- Giant MammethDetails Grows to over 1m tall.
Edible podded peas with tender, meaty, sweet and tasty crunchy young pods. Should be picked as a vegetable when young as pod production commences early. Excellent raw or in stir fries. Likes cool climate and hardy. 70 days.
NOTE: Pea seeds are sensitive to over watering during germination, just keep the soil moist and not waterlogged.
Botanical name Pisum sativumPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 40 seedsGrower name Richard Watson
Salsify - 65RW67Details The roots when cooked have a mild oyster-like flavour. The leaves can also be used in salads and have a nutty lettuce like flavour.
Botanical name Tragopogon porrifoliusPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 50 seedsGrower name Richard Watson
Spinach - 29RG69 - RedDetails This red spinach is rich in Vitamin C ,vitamin A, iron, calcium,folic acid and antioxidantsBotanical name Spinacia oleraceaPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 40Grower name Rick Ginders
Tomato - 13NS73 - Sub-Arctic Maxi.Details Early-cropping bush tomato, these are the earliest-fruiting tomatoes that I've ever had the pleasure of growing.No pruning, no staking; ultra easy care.Botanical name Lycopersicon EsculentumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30Grower name Nev&Sue Sinclair
Tomato - 16RW74 - MoonglowDetails A yellow/orange mid size tomato with good to excellent taste, shown to have highest levels of lycopene for cancer prevention
Botanical name Lycopersicon lycopersicumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30+Grower name Richard Watson
Tomato - 19NS75 - Japanese Black Trifele.Details Pear-shaped fruit that are a strange red/orange/purple colour with very good taste. Strong, vigourous plants, that should be allowed to carry 3 or 4 leaders. So put in several stakes for each plant. Excellent yields.Botanical name Lycopersicon Esculentum10Price per packet $4.00Packet contents 30Grower name Nev&Sue Sinclair
Tomato - 20RW76 - long keeperDetails As the name suggests this tomato has a slow ripening fruit that keeps well into winter, a close relative to Burpee Long keeper,this is tomato that i like to start mid summer and pick green late autumn so they slowly ripen though in the winter.A mid size dark red skin red inside during summer but doesn't get as dark during the cooler months.
Price per packet $4.00Packet contents 40Grower name Richard Watson
Tomato - 30RG77 - Purau large redDetails A very tasty large beefsteak type, good cropper.Botanical name Lycopersicon lycopersicumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30Grower name Rick Ginders
Tomato - 58RG79 - MarmandeDetails A French Heirloom very popular in Northern Italy with great pest and disease resistance. Fast growing producing early season fruit . Harvest 12-14 weeks from sowBotanical name Lycopersicon lycopersicumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30Grower name Rick Ginders
Tomato 12RG82 - Duncan WilsonDetails Description and History coming soonBotanical name Solanum lycopersicumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30Grower name Rick Ginders
Tomato 14RG83 - Ailsa CraigDetails An old variety, very popular in the UK originating from Scotland in 1908. Named after the island Ailsa Craig near the mouth of the Clyde river.
A vigorous grower with good disease resistance, medium size and good flavour.Botanical name Solanum lycopersicumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30Grower name Rick Ginders
Tomato 15RW84 - Broad Ripple YellowDetails A small yellow currant tomato with a pleasant fruity flavor that is not overly sweet, this heirloom came from Indiana, USA and dates back to the 1900s. It was discovered by John Hartman of Indianapolis, who found it growing in cracks in the street, and it was named for the creek that runs through the areaBotanical name Lycopersicon esculentumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 40Grower name Richard Watson
Tomato 17RW85 - Pink BrandywineDetails Pink Brandywine dates back to 1885, the large, beefsteak-shaped fruits grow on unusually upright, potato-leaved plants.Botanical name Lycopersicon lycopersicumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30Grower name Richard Watson
Tomato 18RW86 - Toms Yellow WonderDetails Variety originating in New Jersey, USA. It is assumed to be the result of the accidental crossing of "Wonder Light" with "Persimmon" or "Pineapple". Originally Wonder Light was grown between two rows of "Persimmon" and "Pineapple".
Botanical name Lycopersicon lycopersicumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30Grower name Richard Watson
Turnip - 47RW89 - ScarletDetails Red turnip with hairless red veined leaves. Bred from a three way cross of red and purple turnips selected for vigour and hardiness. Genetically diverse strain that is currently being selected for slow bolting also, this is done by sowing in Sep and pulling the first 50% that produce flower stem, the remaining are left for seed production.
Botanical name Brassica rapa var rapaPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 80 seedsGrower name Richard Watson