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Buy organic, open pollinated plant seeds
Grow your own trees, shrubs, vegetables, flowers and more.
We collect and keep our own seeds for planting next year. Not only does this reduce the cost of growing a garden but it allows for an even greater connection with the food we eat and the ongoing cycle of growth, reproduction and renewal.
Also, by careful selection it is possible to guide the evolution of the plant species, developing new strains or varieties that are better suited to the local climate, soil conditions and other site specific variables.
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Latin name Zea maysDetails Brightly coloured cobs bred for hardiness, earliness and high nutrition flour. A dry corn rather than a sweetcorn. Height around 1.5m. Early maturing 90 days from sowing.Edible Frost sensitive Seeds / nuts / tubers Tags cornseedvegetableannualPrice $3.9030 seedsPropigation method Sow direct
Common name pot marigold, ruddles, common marigold or Scotch marigoldLatin name Calendula officinalisDetails Yellow or orange flowers, the petals of which can be added to salad. Makes a great companion plant in the garden.Edible Price $3.90tea spoon of seed
Common name glandular senna, downy senna, buttercup bushLatin name Senna multiglandulosaDetails A fast growing evergreen shrub which become treelike. The leaves are each made up of several pairs of thick, hairy, oval-shaped leaflets each measuring up to about 4 centimeters long. The leaves are studded with visible resin glands between the leaflets.Evergreen Frost sensitive Nitrogen fixer Perennial Tags perennialtreelegumeflowersPrice $3.9030 seedsForest layer shrub
Latin name Chamaecytisus palmensisDetails Fast growing, drought resistant nitrogen fixer (legume). This small tree has white flowers which are loved by bees, bumblebees and native pigeon. Grown as a nurse or support tree during the establishment of more long term tree plantings. Useful as a quick canopy / umbrella over citrus, avocados etc. or used as physical scaffold for climbers such as grape, kiwifruit etc. Good firewood from mature trees.
Pour hot water over the seeds and soak for 24 hours before planting into course sand.Nitrogen fixer Perennial Tags perennialtreelegumebirdsbeesPrice $3.9050 seeds
Common name Annual honestyLatin name Lunaria annuaDetails Easy to grow from seed and tends to naturalize. An annual or biennial growing to 90 cm with large, coarse, pointed oval leaves. In spring and summer it bears terminal racemes of violet flowers, followed by showy, light brown, translucent, disc-shaped seedpods the skin of which falls off to release the seeds, revealing a central membrane which is white with a silvery sheen, 3–8 cm in diameter.Tags flowersbeespioneerPrice $2.9030 seeds
Details Large edible hips, which resembles cherry tomatoes, 2–3 cm diameter, in late summer and early autumn. Plants often bear fruit and flowers at the same time. The leaves typically turn bright yellow before falling in autumn.Tags perennialshrubberrieshealthflowersthornsPrice $3.9030 seedsFlowers White
Latin name Lupinus arboreusDetails A fast growing woody lupine with yellow flowers. Grows well in poor quality soil and makes a good source of biomass and quick low growing shelter and habitat.Evergreen Nitrogen fixer Perennial Tags Price $3.9030 seeds
Latin name Dipsacus fullonumDetails Fast growing tall flowering plant that needs no care or attention. Values include: wind break, shade plant, water holding plant, soil improvement / stabilisation, biomass production, insect habitat, food source for birds, ornamentalDrought tolerance Perennial Tags annualbirdsbiomassPrice $3.90100 seedsForest layer herbaceousPropigation method Sow direct
Latin name Lupinus polyphyllusDetails This leafy plant can grow to a meter and a half with its tall colourful spires of flowers. Being a legume, lupins fix nitrogen in the surrounding soil for use by other plants making them a useful as well as attractive addition to the garden or orchard. They are also a nectar source for bumblebees and other insects.Nitrogen fixer Perennial Tags nitrogenlegumeseedPrice $3.9030 seedsColour mixed
Latin name PapaverDetails Easy to grow annual flowering plant with bright coloured flowers. This collection of seed includes a range of colours and sizes.Tags colourannualbeesPrice $3.90tea spoon of seed
Latin name Dodonea viscosaDetails A reasonably fast growing NZ native bushy shrub or small tree with purple leaves. Good for creating shelter and controlling erosion. The timber from akeake is one of the hardest native woods. It was traditionally used for paddles, weapons, digging sticks and spade blades.Colour PurpleWind tolerance ExcellentDrought tolerance Evergreen Flowers PinkForest layer low-treePerennial Propigation method Tags nativePrice $3.9030 seeds
Latin name LavandulaDetails Seed collected from a selection of different lavendar plants of varying type, some seed grown and some commercial cultivars.Drought tolerance Perennial Tags beespurpleflowersPrice $3.90100 seeds
Common name Coral vineLatin name HardenbergiaDetails Vigorous evergreen climber native to Australia. Requires a warm, sheltered location. Can grow in dry conditions. Purple or pink and white flowers loved by bees in early spring.Drought tolerance Evergreen Frost sensitive Nitrogen fixer Perennial Tags perennialvinebeeslegumePrice $3.9030 seedsFlowers Pink / purple
Details Seeds collected from assorted red and pink flowering shrubs in the blockhill gardensDrought tolerance Frost sensitive Nitrogen fixer Perennial Tags perennialshrublegumeflowersPrice $4.9030 seeds
Common name Golden chain or golden rain treeDetails Yellow pea-flowers in pendulous leafless racemes 10–40 cm (4–15.5 in) long in spring, which makes them very popular garden trees.
All parts of the plant are poisonous, although mortality is very rare. Symptoms of laburnum poisoning may include intense sleepiness, vomiting, convulsive movements, coma, slight frothing at the mouth and unequally dilated pupils.Family FabaceaeFlowers YellowDiameter 6.00Forest layer low-treeHeight (m) 6Drought tolerance Nitrogen fixer Perennial Shade / Sun Full sun / part shadeSoil type MostWind tolerance GoodTags perennialtreelegumehardyPropigation method Sow pot / trayPrice $3.9030 seeds
Latin name Alcea roseaDetails Easily grown in most soils and climate with plants reaching up to 2 meters tall. Large bright flowers over an extended period, loved by bees. Produces masses of big seeds.Price $3.9050 seedsFlowers Pink
Common name courgetteDetails A vigorous vining plant producing large numbers of dumpy fruit. Harvest regularly while small for a constant supply.Edible Frost sensitive Tags annualvegetablePrice $3.9030 seedsColour Pale green
Latin name PhaceliaDetails Quick and easy to grow, this fantastic bee plant can get up to a meter tall, covered in purple flowers. As it produces a large amount of plant matter it is also useful as green manure or mulch. Produces plenty of seed for next season.Tags annualpurplebeesseedPrice $3.90100 seedsForest layer herbaceous
Latin name Vicia fabaDetails Large seeded bean that grows self supporting to about 1 meter. Plant most of the year for green manure, bee fodder and edible beans both raw or cooked.Edible Nitrogen fixer Seeds / nuts / tubers Tags Price $3.9040 seeds
Latin name Cynara cardunculus var. scolymusDetails The globe artichoke is a variety of a species of large thistle cultivated as a food. The edible matter is buds that form within the flower heads before the flowers come into bloom.Edible Perennial Tags perennialshrubvegetablePrice $3.9020 seedsForest layer herbaceous
Latin name Agastache foeniculumDetails Also known as Anise Hyssop, this strongly licorice scented mint has a distinctive sweet taste and nice purple flower spikes for the insects.Edible Tags mintlicoricebeesflowersPrice $3.9050 seeds
Common name Chinese HawthornLatin name Crataegus pinnatifidaDetails Seed collected from largest fruit that have been under the tree over winter. This is the only type of hawthorn we grow and there are no wild ones in close proximity (that I am aware of) so seed should be pure.Tags perennialtreefruithealthPrice $3.9030 seeds