You’d be forgiven for buying these great seed collections for the retro packaging alone! Or maybe the delicious sounding beetroot, cabbage, swiss chard and tomatoes just remind you of the veggies that Grandma used to grow.
Whatever the motivation, a packet of heirloom seeds is one of those purchases that just keep on giving. Sow and grow, then pick and eat – the whole process will last for months. Clever gardeners will even save the seeds from the harvest to start a new crop next season.
Even the packets, that might otherwise have been destined recycling, are so nicely designed they could be reinvented as clever craft or turned into greeting cards.
And in case you didn’t know, the Little Veggie Patch Co. explains that an heirloom vegetable is one commonly grown pre 1950’s but no longer used in modern large-scale agriculture.
You might think that all gardeners of days gone by were blessed with green thumbs, but it turns out that many of their successes owed as much to the seeds as any other factor. Heirlooms have developed over time to whatever climate and soil they have grown in and are often resistant to local pests, diseases and extremes of weather and can produce delicious and abundant crops even in challenging conditions .
The Vintage Heirloom Seed Collection Range is available directly from the Little Veggie Patch Co. and selected stockists in Vic and NSW. $4.50 each.