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10 Mar 2016

Feeding My Seed Addiction

Fiona Rhodes
Some people buy clothes. I buy seeds. So here is a list of my favourite places to buy them. #seedaddiction

Higgledy Garden
If you are thinking about growing flowers in your garden, look no further than Higgledy Garden, based in Cornwall, England. Alongside an online shop full of the best quality flower seeds your money can buy, he also offers a huge array of free information to help you get started. Orders come beautifully packaged and shipping to Switzerland is often free (or very reasonably priced).

Franchi Seeds of Italy 1783
Probably my favourite seed company of the lot. The oldest producer of seeds in the world and a family business now run by the 7th generation. We have had a lot of success with these seeds and there are many organic varieties available. Seeds from Italy and based in the UK but they ship to Switzerland at a very reasonable price. Artichokes from Rome, Cardoons from Turin, Celeriac from Venice and many, many more...

C. und R. Zollinger
Just bought seeds from here for the first time so will  tell all once the growing season ends! Based in the French part of Switzerland, they have an array of organic seeds available. Shipping is only CHF 1- and super speedy. They also have some useful growing guides on their website. Also love the packaging and growing advice on the back of the packets.
Piccolo Veg For Pots
An Italian start-up, based in Venice, that offers a selected range of vegetable varieties suitable for the container gardening: 'compact and dwarf varieties that fit like a glove on the small spaces of the terrace'. Love the idea of this company and the unusual seed varieties they offer.

Beat Heuberger Weine & Gewürze
The self proclaimed 'hottest shop in Switzerland', owner Beat Heuberger, is a chilli specialist and connoisseur. Over 100 different varieties of chillies available to buy online - seeds available all year round and seedlings/ plants come early spring. He also has a shop in Kreis 4, Zurich - a treasure trove of all things spicy (and vast amounts of wine). We grew these spicy little numbers a couple of years ago in our tomato house.

Fiona Rhodes / Author & Editor

A blog about running an allotment as a novice gardener in Zurich, Switzerland (with the help of my twin toddlers).


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