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.

All seeds are offered on an Open Source Seed basis. You are free to grow and breed from and 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.

Seed list – Alan Carter 03/10/2020

‘AB’ refers to any line of deliberately varied origins which I have been saving for a number of years.
In general I have (sometimes very) small amounts of each seed. A ‘+’ means that I have a lot of a seed.
Most seeds are from my own garden. Where they are surplus from a supplier, the supplier’s name is given in brackets.

Harvested 2020

Allium altissimum 20m – Persian garlic
Allium senescens
20m – broadleaf chives –
Allium victorialis
20m – victory onion
Aster scaber – see Doellingeria
Angelica archangelica
20ll – angelica +
Barbarea verna 20m – American wintercress, land cress
Brassica juncaea 20m – mustard leaf
Brassica oleracea ‘Purple Kale Tree’ 20m – perennial kale
Brassica oleracea ‘Son of PKT’ 20m – perennial kale
Brassica oleracea ‘Lobed Purple’ 20m – perennial kale
Brassica oleracea
‘Flowering Daubenton’s’ 20m – perennial kale
Brassica oleracea
‘Deep purple’ 20m – perennial kale
Brassica oleracea
‘Tall Savoy’ 20m – perennial kale
Brassica oleracea
‘Big Leaf Jack’ 20m – perennial kale
Brassica oleracea
‘Oak Leaf Bush’ 20m – perennial kale
Brassica oleracea
‘Big Green Lazy’ 20m – perennial kale
Brassica oleracea ‘Nero di Toscana x ‘Purple Kale Tree’ 20m – perennial kale
Brassica oleracea ‘Pentland Brig’ 20m – kale
Brassica oleracea ‘White sprouting broccoli’ 20m – sprouting broccoli
Bunias orientalis 20l – Turkish rocket
Campanula latifolia
20m – giant bellflower
Campanula persicifolia 20m – peach-leaved bellflower
Carum carvi
  20m – caraway
Chaerophyllum tuberosum 20m – turnip-rooted chervil
Claytonia perfoliata 20m – miner’s lettuce
Codonopsis pilosula 20m – deodok
Cryptotaenia canadensis 20m – honewort
Cryptotaenia japonica ‘Atropurpurea’ 20m – purple mitsuba
Dioscorea polystachya 20m – cinnamon vine / yam (tubercules)
Doellingeria scabra 20l – aster scaber, gomchwi
Fragaria vesca 20m – alpine strawberry
Fragaria vesca ‘Blanc Amelioré’ 20m – white, runnering alpine strawberry
Hablitzia tamnoides 20m – spinach vine
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus 20m – yellow daylily
Ligusticum scoticum 20m – Scots lovage
Lilium martagon 20m – Turk’s cap lily
Levisticum officinale 20ll – lovage +
Malva sylvestris
20m – common or wood mallow
Malva verticillata 20m – Chinese mallow
Myrrhis odorata
20l – sweet cicely (hairless form)
Papaver somniferum 20m – poppy
Pastinace sativa 20 ll – parsnip +
Prunus avium ‘Streetwise Aberdeen’ – cherry from Aberdeen street trees with good fruit
Raphanus sativus ‘Root’ 20m – radish, selected for root size
Raphanus sativus ‘ Pod’ 20m – radish, selected for pod size
Rheum palmatum 20m – Turkish rhubarb –
Rubus idaeus ‘Sunset’ 20m – yellow raspberry
Rubus leucodermis 20m – blackcap / black raspberry
Rubus occidentalis 20m – western black raspberry
Rumex patientia 20l – herb patience +
Scorzonera hispanica 20m – scorzonera
Silene vulgaris 20m – bladder campion
Siybum marianum 20m – milk thistle
Sonchus oleraceus 20m – sow thistle
Stachys palustris 20m – marsh woundwort
Tragopogon porrifolius
 20l – salsify AB

Harvested 2019

Allium altissimum 19m – Persian garlic (small amount)
Allium porrum 19l – wild leek ‘Chesil Beach’ (bulbils)
Allium schoenoprasum 19m – chives, from swap
Allium sensecens
19m – broadleaf chive
Allium tuberosum 19m – garlic chives bulbils – from swap
Angelica archangelica 19ll – angelica +
Apium graveolens 19l – celery AB+
Aralia continentalis – 19m – Manchurian spikenard
Arctium lappa
 – 19l – Japanese burdock / gobo – details
Arctium minus 19l – native burdock – details
Asphodeline lutea 19m – king’s spear – details
Barbarea verna 19m – land cress, American wintercress
Beta vulgaris 19ll – sea beet AB+
Brassica juncaea 19m – mustard leaf
Brassica oleracea ‘Purple kale tree’ 19m – perennial kale, Daubenton grex, large purple leaves –details
Brassica oleracea ‘Pentland Brig’ 19m – OP, some will have crossed with perennial kale – details
Chaerophyllum bulbosum
19m – turnip-rooted chervil – details
Claytonia perfoliata 19s – miners’ lettuce – details
Decaisnea fargesii 19m – blue sausage fruit
Erodium cicutarium
 19m – common storksbill
Eruca sativa 19m – rocket
Lathyrus linifolius 19s – cairmeal, bitter vetch – details
Ligusticum scoticum 19l – Scots lovage – details
Meum athamanticum 19s – spignel
Oenothera biennis 19m – evening primrose +
Pastinaca sativa 19ll – parsnip AB +
Raphanus raphanistrum 19m – pod radish
Rubus idaeus ‘Sunset’ 19m – raspberry – small amount
Rubus idaeus 19m – autumn raspberry mix
Rubus occidentalis 19m – black raspberry
Sedum telephium 19m- orpine
Sium sisarum
19m – skirret AB+
Stachys palustris 19m – marsh woundwort
Tragopogon porrifolius 19m – salsify – details
Triticum aestivum ‘EZer perennial wheat’ 19m
Urtica dioica subsp. galeopsifolia 19m – fen nettle

Harvested 2018

Adenophora triphylla 18s – Japanese ladybell
Allium altissimum
‘Giganteum’ – Persian garlic
Allium cernuum
18s- prairie onion (small amount)
Allium fistulosum
– welsh onion
Allium porrum ‘Chesil beach’ 18m (bulbils) wild leek
Allium senescens 18s – German garlic
Allium victorialis – mountain onion, victory onion, alpine leek
Apium graveolens 18l – leaf celery AB
Arctium minus
– lesser burdock
Aruncus dioicus 18l – bride’s feathers
Barbarea verna
– land cress
Beta vulgaris 18l – sea beet
Brassica juncea –
 mustard, giant red
Brassica oleracea ‘Spigariello’ – from a swap
Brassica oleracea
– kale ‘Pentland Brig’ (with possible perennial pollen parent) AB +
Brassica oleracea ramosa ‘Cabbagey’ 18m – Daubenton grex, perennial so far but flowers annually, tender, cabbage-like leaves, sprawling habit
Brassica oleracea ramosa – Daubenton grex, large purple, low perenniality but lots of seed ++
Bunias orientalis 18l – Turkish rocket +
Bunium persicum
18x – black cumin – from a swap
Calendula officinalis
– pot marigold AB
Campanula latifolia
‘Roger Wood’ – giant bellflower
Centranthus ruber 18m – red valerian (small amount)
Chaerophyllum bubosum
 18l – turnip-rooted chervil AB +
Chenopodium quinoa 18m – quinoa
Chrysanthemum coronarium 18m – chopsuey greens (small amount)
Eruca sativa 18m – rocket
Fragaria vesca
18m – alpine strawberry
Ferula communis 18m – fennel
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus 18s – yellow daylily
Lathyrus linifolius 18s – bitter vetch (small amount of seed)
Ligusticum scoticum 18m – Scots lovage
Lilium martagon 18s – Turk’s cap lily
Levisticum officinale
18l – lovage
Malva moschata 18l – musk mallow – white flowered
Myrrhis odorata 18l –  sweet cicely (hairless-leaved form)
Pastinaca sativa – parsnip AB +
Petroselinum crispum radicosum group – Hamburg or root parsley
Phaeseolus coccineus
18x – runner bean AB
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 salicina ‘Methley’ 18x – Japanese plum
Rumex patientia 18l – patience dock +
Scorzonera hispanica 18l – scorzonera
Silene vulgaris 18s – bladder campion, wild-collected from Easdale Island
Sium sisarum 18m – skirret AB
Smyrnium olusatrum 18l – alexanders
Solanum tuberosum ‘Chaposa’ 18m – potato seed
Solanum tuberosum ‘allotment mixed’ 18m – potato seed
Sonchus spp 18m – mix of smooth (oleraceus) and prickly (asper) sow thistles AB
Sonchus arvensis 18s – perennial sow thistle
Stachys affinis – 18s – Chinese artichoke, crosne
Stachys sylvestris – hedge woundwort
Stachys palustris – marsh woundwort
Tragopogon porrifolius 17l – skirret
Vicia faba
– broad bean ‘Aquadulce Claudia’\

Vicia faba – broad bean ‘Crimson flowered’
Vicia faba – broad bean ‘Marbled’
Vicia faba – broad bean ‘Super Aquadulce Green’ (cross with crimson flowered)

Harvested 2017
Doellingeria scabra (syn. Aster scaber) – chwinamul (Asian Seed)
Glycyrrhiza uralensis – Chinese liquorice (Asian Seed)
Adenophora triphylla – Japanese ladybell (Asian Seed)
Platycodon grandiflorus – balloon flower (Asian Seed)
Codonopsis lanceolata – deodeok (Asian Seed)
Allium altissiumum ‘giganteum’ Persian garlic
Allium fistulosum 17s – welsh onion
Allium victorialis – Viking or victory onion
Apium graveolens 17m – leaf celery
Arctium lappa 17s ‘Takinogawa’ 17l – greater burdock, gobo
Arctium minus 17l – lesser burdock, wild-collected
Beta vulgaris 17l- leaf beet – waxy leaved variety
Beta vulgaris 17i – leaf beet – soft leaved variety
Brassica juncea 17m – mustard ‘giant red’
Brassica oleracea ramosa 17l- Daubenton’s kale grex, large red leaf female parent
Brassica oleracea – kale ‘Nero di Toscana’ OP: possible perennial pollen parent
Brassica oleracea 17i- kale ‘Pentland Brig’ OP: possible perennial pollen parent +
Brassica oleracea 17l – kale ‘Raggd Jack’ OP: possible perennial pollen parent
Bunias orientalis – Turkish rocket
Calendula officinalis 17l – pot marigold
Chaerophyllum bulbosum – turnip-rooted chervil AB
Fragaria vesca 17s – alpine strawberry
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus – yellow day lily
Ligusticum scoticum 17m – Scots lovage
Medeola virginiana (Mountain Garden)
Myrrhis odorata 17m – sweet cicely – hairless variety
Pastinaca sativa 17l – parsnip AB
Phaeseolus coccineus – runner bean AB
Rubus idaeus – raspberry ‘Sunset’
Rumex patientia – herb patience
Smyrnium olusatrum 17l – alexanders
Vicia faba – broad bean – marbled
Vicia faba – broad bean ‘Karmazyn’ – purple
Vicia faba – broad bean ‘Crimson flowered’
Vicia faba – broad bean ‘Aquadulce Claudia’
Vicia faba – broad bean ‘Super Aquadulce’

Harvested 2016
Allium altissimum ‘Giganteum’
Allium fistulosum
Allium schoenoprasum – chives, robust variety
Allium senescens
Allium wallichii
Apium graveolens secalinum – leaf celery ‘red stem’
Apium graveolens secalinum – leaf celery ‘Parcel’
Apium graveolens secalinum – leaf celery ‘kintsai’
Arctium lappa – burdock or gobo ‘Takinogawa’
Arctium minus – lesser burdock – wild collected
Brassica oleracea – white sprouting broccoli
Bunias orientalis – Turkish rocket
Eruca sativa – rocket – AB
Hosta ‘Big Daddy’
Myrrhis odorata – sweet cicely HAIRLESS VARIETY
Pastinaca sativa – parsnip AB
Petroselinum crispum – parsley – flat-leaved
Petroselinum crispum – Hamburg parsley
Rubus phoenicolasius – Japanese wineberry
Sium sisarum – skirret
Vicia faba – broad bean – marbled
Vicia faba – broad bean ‘Karmazyn’ – purple
Vicia faba – broad bean ‘Crimson flowered’
Vicia faba – broad bean ‘Aquadulce Claudia’
Vicia faba – broad bean ‘Super Aquadulce’