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Lazy Housewife - French bean

A German heritage variety popular there since the early 1800s. Thought to have earned its name as at the end of the season the leaves wither and expose the pods, making them easy to pick. Hardy and resilient, it copes well with hot and dry conditions.

Seed Guardian Andrew Burnett reports: It is a real belter! No strings when eaten green and very easy to cultivate, harvest and store. Our Spanish stews wouldn't be the same without them.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

My Girl

Sara Furse of Clwyd donated this variety to HSL, and describes it as follows “A tomato with very little seed compared to flesh. Originally from George Roberts Seedsmen of Daventry, some time in the 1950s”. It is a prolific producer of medium to large, plum-shaped fruit that are pinkish in colour. A very thin-skinned, sweet tomato, excellent for cooking because of the lack of bitter seeds, and also great for slicing. Larger fruit can keep for several weeks.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Champion of England

Donated by P Cross from March in Cambridge, this English marrowfat pea was bred in 1843 as ‘Fairbeards Champion of England’ and was judged the ‘Best Pea’ by the Journal of Horticulture in 1876. This is a tall variety (over 1.8m) requiring strong supports. Reliable and vigorous, it produces white flowers and a heavy crop of pods, generously filled with sweet, wrinkled seeds. Seed Guardians Mary Eastwood and Jane Hibbard both found them “far too tasty to cook”; they are ideal for salads and eating straight from the pod.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Champion of England

Perfection

A long-fruited, ridge variety once grown extensively for the seaside salad trade. Vigorous, hardy and productive, the straight, almost spineless fruits grow to around 20-30cm and have an excellent flavour.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Mr Jones

These seeds were passed to our donor, Nick Thursfield, by a neighbour whose father was sent them during WWII as part of the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign. He has grown the variety ever since. Mr Jones grows quickly and may need support. Best suited to spring sowing, it produces white flowers with black streaks and a lovely scent, followed by small pods containing 4-5 beans.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.


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