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Vegetables always taste better when they are home grown. For the novice gardener, potatoes, tomatoes, peas, beans and salad leaves are all pretty easy and rewarding crops to get you started.

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rhubarb 'Victoria'

Buy rhubarb 'Victoria': Sweet, greenish coloured stems of rhubarb

tomato 'Costoluto Fiorentino'

Buy tomato 'Costoluto Fiorentino': Medium-large, old-fashioned, mishapen, heavy, ribbed beef tomato from Florence.

tomato 'Principe Borghese'

Buy tomato 'Principe Borghese': Italian vine tomato. Small egg shaped fruits with few seeds.

lettuce mixed pack

Buy lettuce mixed pack: Tasty early spring salads can be made from this lettuce selection.

lettuce (Romaine) 'Romaine Bionda'

Buy lettuce (Romaine) 'Romaine Bionda': Great for making Caesar salads!

corn salad 'D'Olanda

Buy corn salad 'D'Olanda: Delicious dark green tender leaves which grow in small clusters.

radish 'Gaudry 2'

Buy radish 'Gaudry 2': This variety is a small round salad radish with red neck and white base.

red onion 'Rossa Savonese'

Buy red onion 'Rossa Savonese': Regional flat red onion variety from Savona in the North of Italy.

pumpkin 'Marina di Chioggia'

Buy pumpkin 'Marina di Chioggia': Rustic pumpkin from near Venice. Thick, knobbly skin with sweet and golden flesh

courgette 'Rugosa Friulana'

Buy courgette 'Rugosa Friulana': This very ugly courgette has one of the best flavours - a must grow variety!

courgette 'Romanesco'

Buy courgette 'Romanesco': From Rome, of good quality and a nutty flavour.

aubergine 'Violetta'

Buy aubergine 'Violetta': The classic Italian aubergine.

carrot 'Nantese di Chioggia 2'

Buy carrot 'Nantese di Chioggia 2': Mid-early nantese carrot from Chioggia, near Venice.

beetroot 'Beetroot of Chioggia'

Buy beetroot 'Beetroot of Chioggia': Early, large round root with alternate white and red stripes on the inside.

leek 'Gigante d'Inverno'

Buy leek 'Gigante d'Inverno': Known as 'Giant of Winter'.

Savoy cabbage 'Invernale Mantovano'

Buy Savoy cabbage 'Invernale Mantovano': Classic savoy - late variety, resistant to low temperatures.

snow pea 'Gigante Svizzero'

Buy snow pea 'Gigante Svizzero': Sugar snap pea ideal for stir fries!

yellow bean 'Cornetti Meraviglia di Venezia'

Buy yellow bean 'Cornetti Meraviglia di Venezia': Wide, flat, meaty yellow Dwarf French Bean that is stringless.

bean (dwarf French) 'Boby Bianco'

Buy bean (dwarf French) 'Boby Bianco': Early, white seeded variety a dwarf green bean has stringless pods

bean (climbing French) 'Trionfo Violetto'

Buy bean (climbing French) 'Trionfo Violetto': Stringless purple climbing French bean around 15cm long turns green when cooked.