New Year – new growing season – new varieties – new seeds!

The Wales Seed Hub’s on-line shop is now open Seeds – Wales Seed Hub | Hwb Hadau Cymru, with dozens of varieties of vegetables on offer plus some easy-to-grow annual flowers – all produced in Wales by our cooperative of small-scale growers.

As always, the varieties have been chosen because they grow well in the Welsh climate. Some are Welsh varieties, some are garden favourites which have shown particular promise to us, but many are not readily available elsewhere. Read on for a taste of what we have to offer….

Varieties from Wales
The long straight green beans of our new Welsh-bred runner ‘Stenner’ has famously won prizes at local and national shows since the 1970s, and it is fantastic to cook with too. Selected in south Wales by the late Brython Stenner, it joins our other Welsh varieties such as the ‘Llanover’ pea and ‘Gardener’s Ecstasy’ tomato.

Special salads
Looking for an early start for spring salads? Our new lettuce ‘Emerald Oak’ is perfect for quick cut-and-come-again harvests. Add this to the peppery leaves of ‘Grandpa’s Cress’ and ‘Mr Hong’s’ Vietnamese Mustard’ for a deliciously vibrant mix. Later in the year team them with one of our new tasty tomatoes such as ‘Black Cherry’ or ‘Graham’s Tom Thumb’.

Winter veg can be exciting too
This year we have some super-sweet new squashes such as ‘North Georgia Candy Roaster’ joining our popular favourite ‘Blue Hubbard’. You can store them for eating alongside winter staples such as leeks and parsnips (and yes – we now have seeds of these too!).

Beans for all seasons
We have French beans such as ‘Lazy Housewife’ which give tender green pods in summer, and varieties such as the red-seeded ‘Uplands’ and bi-coloured ‘Pea Bean’ that can be dried for winter soups and casseroles. If you like these hot, spice them up with one of our chillies – there are several to choose from.

Join us at an event near you….
The Wales Seed Hub team have not only been growing, harvesting, cleaning and packing seed. We have been out and about – talking about seed saving, demonstrating how we harvest and clean our seeds and – most important – meeting you, our customers! You could have seen our stalls at community events, major shows and big conferences all across Wales – Carmarthen’s Seedy Saturdays, the Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells and the Wales Real Food and Farming Conference at Ruithin, for example. We will be attending similar events this year – watch out for them on our Facebook page. Meanwhile enjoy looking at our catalogue and have a good growing season!

New Year, New Seeds!

We are proud to announce that the Wales Seed Hub shop is OPEN. You can order our open pollinated, ecological grown seeds, all produced by members of our cooperative in Wales.

Wales Seed Hub Shop

Looking for a unique variety suited to Welsh conditions? Look no further!

Back by popular demand… District Nurse Borlotti Bean

This variety of the Italian borlotti bean is suited to the cool, wet climate of Wales. Tall and bushy with pretty lilac flowers and pods splashed with dark purple. Can be eaten young and tender, or dried and used in winter soups and casseroles.

The story goes that this bean was passed around by a South Wales District Nurse to encourage people to eat more legumes!

District Nurse

A classic Welsh staple… Welsh Onion. 

A useful addition to the veg plot, this perennial ‘bunching’ onion can be split to make new plants. It stays green through the winter, so can be eaten all year round, and bees really love the creamy white flower heads that are produced in mid-summer.

For a summer star… Crookneck Squash

An unusual variety of summer squash, with yellow skin and a fantastic flavor.  Best eaten young, but plants will bear prolifically over the season, when regularly picked.  A great alternative to courgettes.

Why buy our seeds? Sue Stickland, author of Back Garden Seed Saving, explains why our seed selling coop is special…

“This is no ordinary seed company. For a start, the seed is all grown on members’ farms (in contrast to most seed you buy in the UK which is grown abroad – often as far afield as China). In addition, the growers choose varieties which thrive in the often challenging climate in Wales – and some of these varieties have been grown there for many years. 

Most of the growers are market gardeners. They don’t use chemicals but use environmentally friendly methods to grow their crops, and most produce seed of just two or three vegetable varieties.  They join together to monitor seed quality, and to license, packet and market it, so the Hub has a range of varieties to sell”

Wales Seed Hub is supported by the Gaia Foundation’s Seed Sovereignty Programme. Join their Seed Gathering on 11th and 12th Feb 2023, to connect with other seed growers, hear from international speakers and take part in deep discussions around seed production: Gaia Foundation’s Seed Gathering 2023

Shop opening soon – sign up to receive the new season’s catalogue!

After a busy season of selecting, growing, processing and packing we’re nearly ready to reopen the Wales Seed Hub shop. As last year, we will be selling through the Open Food Network.

If you want to keep in touch please sign up to our email list and we’ll let you know when the new season’s catalogue is available.


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Shop closing soon – sign up to receive next season’s catalogue!

A big thank you to all our seed customers from the Wales Seed Hub! We hope you enjoy growing our seeds as much as we have. At the end of May we will be closing our on-line shop on the Open Food Network so this week is your last chance to buy seeds this season. We’re currently all very busy growing next season’s seeds and the shop will reopen towards the end of the year with a significantly expanded catalogue.

If you want to keep in touch please sign up to our email list and we’ll let you know when the shop is open again:


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Wales Seed Hub Pea Bean

Coming soon!

Wales Seed Hub will be reopening next month. The packets are back from the printers. We use a very special printer, a workers’ co-op who use a Risograph machine.

What’s a Risograph? I’m glad you asked. It’s like a duplicator, where ink is pressed through a master. Without any heating it uses only around one sixth the energy of conventional digital printing. The inks are non-toxic, made from vegetable oil and the paper masters are fully recyclable.

Thank you Oxford GreenPrint!