Forest garden seeds

This is the current list of seeds that I have. They are made available on a gift economy or dana economy basis: there are no prices but if you request some I ask you to either swap, donate or pay it forward. Please send requests to Please quote any code that goes with the name (e.g. 18m) as it makes it easier for me to find them!

I can guarantee that all seed is from my own garden (unless otherwise noted) and was picked in the year indicated. The rest is up to you. Many forest garden seeds need stratification or other special treatments. Sometimes this is noted in the appropriate article on this website. Alternatively the Plants for a Future database has propagation notes for almost everything on the list. Sometimes I have quite small amounts of a seed: the amount you receive will depend on how much there is to go round.

All seeds are offered on an Open Source Seed basis. You are free to grow and breed from the seeds and to market any new varieties that you produce, but you may not patent or otherwise restrict others from growing or breeding from any varieties that you produce. All seeds are open pollinated (OP) and are not stabilised varieties, so offspring may show considerable variation.

Roots, bulbils, etc can only be sent within the UK. Seeds can be sent anywhere in the world where there are no local restrictions on import (please check first).

Seed list – Alan Carter 10/2/2021

The number (e.g. 19, 20) in the code refers to the year of harvest. I’ll send either the most recent seed or a mix of years (to increase diversity).
‘AB’ refers to any line of deliberately varied origins which I have been saving for a number of years.
Most seeds are from my own garden. Where they are surplus from a supplier, the supplier’s name is given in brackets.

Adenophora triphylla 18s – Japanese ladybell
Allium altissimum
‘Giganteum’ 20m, 19m, 17s, 16t – Persian garlic (last few seeds) – details
Allium cepa ‘Zebrina’ – banana shallot (bulbs, Sep-Mar only)
Allium fistulosum – welsh onion
Allium porrum 20l – wild leek ‘Babington’ (bulbils)
Allium porrum 20l, 19l – wild leek ‘Chesil Beach’ (bulbils)
Allium schoenoprasum 19m (swap), 16t (own) – chives
Allium sensecens
20m, 19m, 18s – broadleaf chive
Allium sikkimensis 17s – Sikkim onion
Allium tuberosum 19m – garlic chives
Allium ursinum – wild garlic (bulbs, July-November only)
Allium victorialis 20m – victory onion (small amount left)
Angelica archangelica 20ll, 19ll – garden angelica, lots
Apium graveolens 20l, 19l, 18l, 17m – celery AB, lots – details
Aralia continentalis
19m – Manchurian spikenard – details
Arctium lappa
19l, 17s – Japanese burdock / gobo – details
Arctium minus 19l, 17l – native burdock – details
Aruncus dioicus 18l – bride’s feathers
Asphodeline lutea 19m – king’s spear – details
Aster scaber – see Doellingeria
Atriplex halimus 21a – saltbush (cutting) 
Barbarea verna 20m, 19m – land cress, American wintercress
Beta vulgaris 20ll, 19ll, 18l, 17l – sea beet AB, lots – details
Brassica juncaea 20m, 19m, 17m – mustard leaf
Brassica oleracea
‘Big Green Lazy’ 20m – perennial kale – details
Brassica oleracea
‘Big Leaf Jack’ 20m – perennial kale – details
Brassica oleracea ‘Cabbagey’ 18m – Daubenton grex, perennial so far but flowers annually, tender, cabbage-like leaves, sprawling habit
Brassica oleracea
‘Deep purple’ 20m – perennial kale – details
Brassica oleracea
‘Flowering Daubenton’s’ 20m – perennial kale – details
Brassica oleracea
‘Kalettes’ 20m – kalettes
Brassica oleracea
‘Lobed Purple’ 20m – perennial kale
Brassica oleracea
‘Nero di Toscana x ‘Purple Kale Tree’ 20m – perennial kale – details
Brassica oleracea
‘Pentland Brig’ 20m, 19m, 17i, 16t – OP, some will have crossed with perennial kale – details
Brassica oleracea
‘Purple Kale Tree’ 20m, 19m – perennial kale, Daubenton grex, large purple leaves –details
Brassica oleracea ‘Ragged Jack’ 17l – kale
Brassica oleracea
‘Son of PKT’ 20m – perennial kale – details
Brassica oleracea
‘Tall Savoy’ 20m – perennial kale – details
Brassica oleracea
‘Oak Leaf Bush’ 20m – perennial kale – details
Brassica oleracea
‘White sprouting broccoli’ 20m, 16t – sprouting broccoli
Bunias orientalis 20l, 18l – Turkish rocket – details
Bunium persicum 18x – black cumin – from a swap
Calendula officinalis 17l – pot marigold – details
Campanula latifolia 20m – giant bellflower
Campanula persicifolia
20m – peach-leaved bellflower – details
Capparis spinosa
20x – caper (from Seednative)
Carum carvi
20m – caraway
Chaerophyllum bulbosum 20m, 19m, 18l – turnip-rooted chervil – details
Chenopodium quinoa 18m – quinoa
Chicorium intybus
‘Radicchio’ 20m – chicory
Chrysanthemum coronarium 18m – chopsuey greens (small amount)
Claytonia perfoliata
20m, 19s – miners’ lettuce – details
Codonopsis pilosula
20m – deodok
Cryptotaenia canadensis
20m – honewort
Cryptotaenia japonica
‘ Atropurpurea’ 20m – purple mitsuba
Decaisnea fargesii 20m – blue sausage fruit
Dioscorea polystachya 20m – cinnamon vine / yam (indoor plant, tubercules)
Dipsacus fullonum 20m – teasel (wild flower, not edible)
Doellingeria scabra 20l – aster scaber, gomchwi
Erodium cicutarium 19m – common storksbill
Eruca vesicaria 20m, 19m, 18m – rocket
Erythronium dens-canis – dog’s tooth violet (bulbs, July-November only)details
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ – fawn lily (bulbs, July-November only)
Ferula communis 18m – fennel
Fragaria vesca 20m, 18m – alpine strawberry – details
Fragaria vesca ‘Blanc Amelioré’ 20m, 16t – white, runnering alpine strawberry – details
Fragaria vesca ‘Blanc Amelioré’ 21a – white, runnering alpine strawberry (bare root plant, Sep-Feb only)
Hablitzia tamnoides 20m – spinach vine – details
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus 20m – yellow daylilydetails
Lathyrus linifolius 19s, 18s – cairmeal, bitter vetch – details
Lathyrus tuberosus 20m – aardaker – details
Lepidium latifolium 21a – dittander (roots) – details
Levisticum officinale 20ll, 18l – lovage, lots – details
Ligusticum scoticum 20l, 19l, 18m – Scots lovage, garden – details
Ligusticum scoticum 20m – Scots lovage, Findhorn Bay
Lilium martagon 20m, 18s – Turk’s cap lily
Malva moschata 18l – musk mallow – white flowered – details
Malva sylvestris 20m – common or wood mallow – details
Malva verticillata 20m – Chinese mallow – details
Meum athamanticum 19s – spignel
Myrica pensylvanica 20x – northern bayberry, from swap
Myrrhis odorata
20l, 18l, 16i – sweet cicely (hairless form) – details
Oenothera biennis 19m – evening primrose
Oxalis tuberosa 20l – oca, pink/orange variety, tubers
Panax quinquefolius 20x – American ginseng, from swap
Papaver somniferum 20m – poppy – details
Pastinaca sativa 20ll, 19ll – parsnip AB, lots – details
Persicaria odorata 21h – Vietnamese coriander (indoor herb, cutting)
Phaeseolus coccineus 18x – runner bean AB
Potentilla anserina 20a – silverweed (roots, Oct-Mar only) – details
Prunus avium
 18l – cherry ‘Aviemore’ (from seed-grown street trees with early, heavy and delicious crops of fruit in the town of Aviemore in the Highlands)
Prunus avium 20x – ‘Streetwise Aberdeen’ – cherry from Aberdeen street trees with good fruit
Prunus salicina ‘Methley’ 18x – Japanese plum
Raphanus sativus ‘Root’ 20m – radish, selected for root size
Raphanus sativus ‘ Pod’ 20m, 19m – radish, selected for pod size
Rheum palmatum 20m – Turkish rhubarb
Rubus idaeus 19m – autumn raspberry mix – details
Rubus idaeus ‘Sunset’ 20m – yellow raspberry – details
Rubus leucodermis 20m – blackcap / black raspberry
Rubus occidentalis 20m, 19m – western black raspberry
Rubus phoenicolasius 16t – Japanese wineberry – details
Rumex patientia 20l – herb patience, lots
Scorzonera hispanica 20m, 18l – scorzonera
Sedum telephium 19m – orpine
Silene vulgaris 20m – bladder campion
Silybum marianum 20m – milk thistle
Sium sisarum 19m, 18m – skirret AB – details
Smilax aspera 20x – sarsaparilla (from Seednative)
Smyrnium olusatrum 20l, 18l, 17l – alexanders
Smyrnium olusatrum 20a – alexanders (root, Oct-Feb only)
Solanum tuberosum mixed sources 20m, 18m –  true potato seeds, mixed
Solanum tuberosum ‘Chaposa’ 18m – true potato seed
Sonchus arvensis 18s – perennial sow thistle
Sonchus oleraceus 20m – sow thistle
Sonchus spp 18m – mix of smooth (oleraceus) and prickly (asper) sow thistles AB
Stachys affinis – 18s – Chinese artichoke, crosne
Stachys palustris
20m, 19mmarsh woundwort
Tragopogon porrifolius 20l, 19m, 17m – salsify AB – details
Triticum aestivum ‘EZer perennial wheat’ 19m
Urtica dioica subsp. galeopsifolia 20m, 19m – fen nettle, almost stingless!
Urtica dioica subsp. galeopsifolia 21a – fen nettle, root cutting (Oct-Mar only)
Viola riviniana purple variety 21a – wood violet (cutting, Oct-Feb only)