A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

Get sowing!

We’re gearing up for the seed sowing season – and if you’re doing the same you might be interested in ordering some growing essentials! If you’re local to Hawkwood Nursery or the Hornbeam cafe you can come and join our bulk order for a range of vegetable and herb seeds, seed potatoes, compost for sowing seeds and a green manure to help improve your soil and attract bees. Every order supports community enterprise, organic producers and growing within your community.

You can place your order between 29th January and 5th February with payment in cash or cheque at the Hornbeam stall or cafe, or at Hawkwood Nursery’s farm stall. Your order will be available to collect from Hornbeam from 12th February, and from Hawkwood from 16th February. Thank you and enjoy this growing season!

We regret that we can’t deal with postal or email orders or deliveries on this occasion. Don’t forget we will again be producing seedlings at Hawkwood nursery for sale to community growing groups, allotment holders and individual growers in May and June – check back here for details nearer the time.

Item Description Price
Basil (600 seeds)
Sweet basil – culinary basil with fine flavour
Bean – Climbing French(60 seeds)
Neckarqueen – tasty stringless pods, on vigorous plants which can tolerate variable weather conditions
Bean – Broad (35 seeds)
Hangdown Green – long pods with good performance and taste. Sow from early spring
Beetroot (300 seeds)
Detroit Globe – good size roots with fine texture and flavour
Chard (200 seeds)
Rainbow – lovely mixture of coloured stems and leaves for salads or cooking
Chilli pepper (30 seeds)
Ring of Fire – the hot one! Matures from green to red, lots of fruits
Coriander (500 seeds)
Coriander filtro – slow bolting variety with great tasting leaves
Courgette (15 seeds)
Nero di Milano – dark green quality fruits
Cucumber (20 seeds)
Marketmore – dark green and prolific, can be grown outdoors and resistant to virus and diseases.
Radish (200 seeds)
Black Spanish Round – black skinned with crisp white flesh and peppery flavour
Green manure 75g
Phacelia – dense foliage to dig in just before flowering or leave some to flower for the bees
Squash (10 seeds)
Red Kuri – easy to grow, bright orange skin, and lovely nutty flavour
Butternut – large fruits , dense flesh, stores well
Salad greens (400 seeds)
Oriental mix – range of oriental varieties and rocket, ‘cut and come again’ for salads or stir-frying
Seed/cuttings compost
Growing medium for your seed sowing or cuttings, fine texture with good drainage and aeration. 20 litre bag
Seed/cuttings compost
As above bigger quantity – 35 litre sack
Seed potatoes
Bell de Fontenay (first early)  – 1.5kg
Pentland Javelin (first early) – 3kg
Milva (second early) – 3kg
Ambo (maincrop)  – 1.5kg
Pink fir apple (late maincrop) – 1.5kg
Sarpo Mira (red late maincrop) – 2.5kg
Tomato (25 seeds)
Gardener’s Delight – most popular small tomato, masses of fine fruits
Berner Rose – as grown at Hawkwood, easy to grow large tomatoes with delicious flavoured pink flesh


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