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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 $3.00Packet contents 30
Bean - Scarlet Runner - Four Peaks PaddocksDetails It's fast growing perennial climbing up to 3 metres in a season. Plants will produce a profusion of pretty red and white flowers, amidst a heavy cover of leaves, in colder climates it pays to cover root crown with mulch so as to stop frost penetrating the soil killing the crown . TO BE GROWN 2017-18 SEASONBotanical name Phaseolus coccineusPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 30
Bean Feast, dwarf bean.- Nevile SinclairDetails Flavourful, flat podded, white-seeded bean, the best flavoured dwarf bean we have ever grown. I have been saving this variety from oblivion since about 1974.Botanical name Phaseolus VulgarisPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 30
Bean Pean (white) - Neville SinclairDetails Peans are a great all rounder with many uses. The plants climb just like a runner bean or climbing french bean and produce flat pods similar to a large mangetout pea. The pods can be picked young and used whole as a french bean or left on the plants to mature and shelled like peas, or they can be left to mature fully and dry and then used as any other dried beans.Botanical name Pisum sativumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30 seeds
Beet - Mangelbeet - Medbury GardensDetails .
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 100
Broad Bean - El Beano - Nevile SinclairDetails 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. CURRENTLY BEEN GROWN AND SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FEB 2018Botanical name Vicia FabaPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 30
Caigua - Medbury GardensDetails From the cucumber family Caigua suits most areas of New Zealand as its handles cooler weather, the small thumb sized fruit can be used as a gherkin replacement as well as cut up into salads, can grow to 3m so best to grow up and over some sort of frame work.Botanical name Cyclanthera pedataPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 15
Capsicum 'Botinecka Zuta' - Medbury GardensDetails This heirloom sweet variety originates from the Balkan region, a Hungarian cheese-type. Medium-late heavy producer of yellow fruit, upward-pointing. This is a yellow chilli is used for paprika and stuffing, can be fully ripened to a deeper orange/red colour. The pods grow to a size of 50mm long by 60mm wide, the plant grows to a height of 60cm.Botanical name Capsicum annuumPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 40
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 40
Carrot (Benhorn)- Medbury GardensDetails This original line of carrot dates back to the late 80's when an old gardener gave me this seed that he had grown for most of his life,the name of this carrot had been long forgotten so it was renamed 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 will to be used in the 20016-17 season in cross pollinating,these been St.Valery and Kuroda an Asian carrot.Botanical name Daucus carota subsp. sativusPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents approx 200
Celery "Red Giant" Medbury GardensDetails Large strain of perennial celery producing red stalks and pinkish yellow blanched hearts, looks good in raw salads. Stronger tasting than green celery, good for soups and stews. Handles winter frosts better than standard celery varieties, though in heavy frost areas the stems are not eatable during these periods .
Botanical name Apium graveolens var. dulcePrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 200 seeds
Celery Karaka - Medbury GardensDetails This line of Celery started of as Nutty but was crossed with Utah Giant back in 2012, now a stable line thats less stringy than that of Nutty. Grow year round in warm areas and from Sep till Feb in cooler areasBotanical name Apium graveolensPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 50 seeds
Chard - Compactum - Medbury GardensDetails A dark green leaf and stem chardBotanical name Beta vulgarisPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 50 seeds
Chives - Standard - Rick GindersDetails Perennial growing to 50cm. Grows in slowly spreading clumps. Plant has green, hollow, tubular leaves that have a mild onion flavour; used as a garnish, in sauces, dips, stews, casseroles, salads and soups. Can be grown in containers.Botanical name Allium schoenoprasumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 50 seeds
Corn - Kascade Korn- Nevile SinclairDetails The original kascade korn plants commenced life here in Scargill, in the early 80s.They grow well in our climate and under our organic regime. They are open pollinated, offering the advantage of you being able to reproduce your own seed for subsequent seasons. They are not as sweet as the super sweet types that people have got used to, but are delicious and very sustaining.Botanical name Zea MaysPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 50 seeds
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 bulbils
Epazote - Medbury GardensDetails Epazote, once cultivated on a large scale as a medicinal herb, is now grown in few herb gardens. A roadside weed in much of North America and central and southern Europe, its herbal uses are barely recognized today outside its native Mexico and South America.
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 lots
Evening Primrose - Nev& Sue SincleirDetails Native to North America, the herb is now commonly found in many temperate zones around the world, thriving in open dry areas, the roots can be eaten and oil can be extracted from the seeds which are rich in Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid. Omega-6 oils are one of the two "good" fats essential for health.
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 seeds
Florence fennel - Brian AdairDetails Florence fennel is a cool-weather perennial grown as an annual for its swollen leaf bases or ‘bulbs’ and edible leaves. When using in salads, the flavour can be improved by slicing the bulb and putting it in a bowl of water and ice cubes in the fridge for an hour.Botanical name Foeniculum vulgarePrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 50 seeds
Gladiolus (surprise mix) Medbury GardensDetails Four years of growing from seed has produced a range of different colours seen in the following album -
Seed is from these flowers and will again produce new combinations hence why its named 'surprise mix'.Botanical name GladiolusPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 100
Kale "Red Ursa"- Four Peaks PaddocksDetails Combines the broadleaf frills of Siberian kale with the colour of Red Russian. Great raw flavour for salads. Bolting purple stems of over wintered plants are very sweet, perfect for stir frying.
Botanical name Brassica napusPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 60
Kale - Red Russian Rick GindersDetails Red Russian kale leaves are tender, sweet and mild when picked young. The red tinged leaves are a bluish blush making them quite attractive. The leaves are flat with toothed edges. Usually grows to about half a metre tall but can reach up to 1m tall with a long stalk if left in the ground with enough time to grow.Botanical name Brassica oleracea var. sabellicaPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 50 seeds
Leek - Perennial Leek Medbury GardensDetails Forms large clumps of thumb size stems which have a stronger leek flavour than standard leek though they are a bit more finicky when harvesting.
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 $3.00Packet contents 50
Leek - Portage - Medbury GardensDetails A young and still evolving grex/landrace variety been bred by Richard Watson from a collection of 15 other standard leeks varieties, some grow wide large stems while others can be very tall, this is because of the strong genetic diversity.Botanical name Allium porrumPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 50 seeds
Lettuce - Mescher - Medbury GardensDetails 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 40
Liquorice root - Medbury GardensDetails The liquorice plant is a herbaceous perennial legume native to southern Europe, parts of Asia mainly India. In the Netherlands, liquorice confectionery (drop) is one of the most popular forms of sweets. The sweetness is 30 to 50 times as strong as sucrose, without causing damage to teeth. Liquorice, which grows best in well-drained soils.
SEED AVAILABLE MARCH 2018 Botanical name Glycyrrhiza glabraPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 20 seeds
Onion "Medbury Red Longkeeper" - Medbury GardensDetails The history of this onion is unknown, a very large red onion with tends to be more white inside than other reds. selection involves replanting the longest keepers for seed production,often as late as October.
Botanical name Allium cepaPrice per packet $3.00Packet contents 50 seeds
Onion - Pukekohe long keeper - Medbury GardensDetails A long storing brown skin onion that can grow up to 800grams.
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 $3.00Packet contents 50
Parsley- Hamburg root parsley - Medbury GardensDetails 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 $3.00Packet contents approx 100
Pea - Snow- Giant Mammeth- Medbury GardensDetails 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 seeds
Pea- Giant Alderman - Rick GindersDetails 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 $3.00
Pea- Kalverdon Monarch - Medbury GardenDetails
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 40
Pink Raspberry - Medbury GardensDetails A sweet fruit thats less tart than the red, grows into a 1.5m bush in heavy dump soils 1m on light land. Was found growing near the Arthurs Pass village in the 1950's by a gardener who maintained this variety in Rangiora till his death in the early 90's, Ive grown it ever since.Botanical name RubusPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 20
Salsify - Medbury GardensDetails 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 seeds
Spinach - Red - Rick GindersDetails This red spinach is rich in Vitamin C ,vitamin A, iron, calcium,folic acid and antioxidantsBotanical name Spinacia oleraceaPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 40
Tomato 'long keeper' - Medbury GardensDetails 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 40
Tomato - Ailsa Craig *NEW TOMATO*- Ric Ginders - ONLY 4 PACKETS AVAILABLE- more seed will be available Feb 2018Details Description and History coming soonBotanical name Solanum lycopersicumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30
Tomato - Duncan Wilson - Ric Ginders *NEW TOMATO* ONLY SEVEN PACKETS AVAILABLE, more seed available Feb 2018Details Description and History coming soonBotanical name Solanum lycopersicumPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30
Tomato - Japanese Black Trifele. - Neville SinclairDetails 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. MORE SEED SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FEB 2018 Botanical name Lycopersicon Esculentum10Price per packet $4.00Packet contents 30
Tomato - Moonglow - Medbury GardensDetails 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+
Tomato - Sub-Arctic Maxi.- Neville SinclairDetails 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 30
Tomato- Broad Ripple Yellow- Medbury GardensDetails 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 40
Tomato- Pink Brandywine - Medbury GardensDetails 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 30
Toms Yellow Wonder - Medbury GardernsDetails 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 30
Turnip "Scarlet" - Medbury GardensDetails 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 seeds