Potato pick and Spring seed shuffle 2021

Potato pick and spring seed shuffle

Although we aren’t able to get together again just yet, thankfully Spring isn’t cancelled. We’re still here to help you grow your own food. We would usually have our annual Huddersfield Potato Day and Seed Swap on the first Saturday in March – so we’ve come up with an alternative to help you get growing.

You can order seed potatoes, onions and shallots from us now. We also have some vegetable seeds that are good for growing in small spaces.

You can order and pay online, then collect from Newsome village. If you’re shielding or self-isolating, we’ll do our best to deliver to you at home.

If restrictions are eased over the next few weeks, we may also be able to have a pop up stall that you can come along to for more goodies. But in the meantime, please let us know what you’d like and we’ll do our best to help.

PotatoesPotato pick

You can choose just what you need from our selection of 20 different varieties. We have limited quantities of some varieties this time, but we also have our six most popular varieties in larger quantities than usual.

Potato varieties on sale in 2021

vegetable seedsSeed shuffle

We have a selection of onions and shallots for you to choose from, plus some vegetable seeds that are great for growing in smaller spaces. Or choose our Spring seed pack if you’d like a bit of everything for £5.

Onions, shallots and seeds on sale in 2021

Order, pay and collect

wheelbarrowPlease fill in our online order form. Orders can be collected from Newsome village on a number of days during March. We’ll send you the details when your order is ready. We can accept a contactless card payment on your collection day, or you may be able to pay online. If you’d prefer to pay a different way, please let us know.

Send us your order

Shielding or self-isolating? 

Please fill in our online order form to make a request. We’re hoping to deliver to people in Newsome and the wider Huddersfield area. If we’re able to deliver to you, we’ll confirm your order and send you a link that you can use to pay online. After we receive your payment, one of our volunteers will bring your order to you at home. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Send us your order

Thank you cardSupported by our volunteers

Thank you to all the members of the Growing Newsome network who are continuing to offer help with our deliveries and preparations. Your support really means a lot to us. We’re following all the latest guidance to keep everyone safe. Thank you for looking out for each other.

Growing guides


Onions, shallots and vegetable seeds on sale in 2021

Spring seed planting pack £5

1 x packet Beetroot Cylindra

1 x packet Broad Bean Karmazyn

1 x packet Dwarf French Bean Amethyst

1 x packet Peas (mixed varieties)

1 x packet Sunflower Tall Single (Helianthus)

12 x Seed potatoes (6 x earlies, 6 x main crop)

18 x Onion sets (mixed)

Onions, shallots and seeds

Onion sets – 60p per dozen (mix and match)

Sturon – A great size onion, well known for its flavour. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. 

Rumba – British bred variety with improved vigour, shape and storage qualities.
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Snowball A superb white onion with a full mild flavour. Stores well. Sorry, sold out

Red Baron – An eye-catching red onion with a stronger flavour than most varieties. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Sorry, sold out

Plant: March to April

Harvest: July to September.

Onion sets – £1 per dozen (larger size) 

Centurion – Straw-yellow, semi-round onions with good crisp flesh. Good cropper and an excellent winter storer. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner.

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Shallot sets, Yellow Moon – £1 for 6

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Golden skinned shallots. Sweeter and milder than onions, shallots have twice the amount of vitamin C and are also rich in vitamins A, B and E. They are great for sauces, dressings, and salads. Each set will grow into a bunch of shallots, which store well after harvest.

Plant: March to April

Harvest: July to September

onions and shallots

Seed packets – 50p each

We’ve chosen a few things that are easy to grow, especially in a smaller space. These seeds come in a simple paper envelope with printed label, all freshly packed in spring.

beetrootBeetroot Cylindra 

A unique cylindrical shaped beetroot which is great for salads and pickling, because you get more slices per root. Tender and sweet in flavour with deep red flesh. Maintains its sweetness and tenderness over a long growing season. Produces smooth roots about 10cm (4”) long and is slow to bolt. Minimum 120 seeds per pack.

Sow: March to July

Harvest: June to October

Broad beansBroad Bean Karmazyn

An improved heritage broad bean broad bean with lovely rose pink seeds. These compact plants produce small, upright, easy-to-pick growing pods. Enjoy a bountiful and tasty crop. Harvest when the seed shapes are just visible through the pod. Minimum 15 seeds per pack.

Sow: February to May

Harvest: June to August

french beansDwarf French Bean Amethyst

These compact french bean plants grow striking purple pods and have pretty mauve flowers. The tasty, stringless beans are quick maturing and grow over a long picking season. Pods are about 15cm (6”) long and slender, turning an attractive shade of green when cooked. Height: 60cm (24″). Spread: 30cm (12″). Minimum 36 seeds per pack.

Sow: April to June

Harvest: July to September

peasPea Tom Thumb (Half Pint)sorry, sold out

This dwarf pea is perfect for growing in pots or containers where space is limited, as it only grows 15-20cm (6-8”) tall. It’s frost hardy and can be grown with very little support. Gives a good crop of sweet full-sized pods with bright green and tasty peas. White flowers. Fast growing. Minimum 24 seeds per pack.

Sow: March to June

Harvest: May to September

We’ve also included something that’s not so small, because we all need something to make us smile…


Sunflower Tall Single (Helianthus)

A very tall sunflower with enormous golden-yellow flowers. Great fun for children and perfect for pollinators. Easy to grow. Hardy annual. Height: 210-240cm (7-8′). Minimum 24 seeds per pack.

Sow: March (under glass) or April to May (outdoors)

Flowers July to October

garlic plantsSprouted garlic – £1 for 3

We have just a few sprouted garlic plants available, ready for planting straight out in February or March. Your plants will be either Thermidrome or Solent Wight Extra Early.

 2 packs remaining


Find out more and order online

Potato pick and seed shuffle 2021

Potato varieties on sale

Send us your order

Garlic, onions and shallots for sale

garlic, onions and shallots

Missed our Autumn event? We still have some varieties of our Autumn planting vegetable seeds and plants for sale. They are all easy to grow crops.

Garlic – £2 per bulb

garlic bulbWe have French garlic bulbs, certified to be 99% virus free and fungus free.

Garlic needs a month or more in the ground at a temperature of 10C or less, so Autumn planting gives you the best chance for this.

We also have some varieties that are suitable for planting later, right up until March.


Arno (sold out)

  • Winner of RHS Award of Gardening Merit 2004.
  • A good keeper – will store until the Spring following harvesting.
  • Produces the largest bulbs of any long dormancy type.
  • Plant between November and March for harvest late July or August.
  • A white head with pink cloves.
  • High multiplication ratio.

Cristo (sold out)

  • A white garlic head with pale red cloves.
  • Consistent cropper, good size for a long dormancy type.
  • Plant before or after Christmas for harvest in July or August.
  • Winner of RHS Award of Gardening Merit 2004.

Dario (sold out)

  • A newly developed variety, popular with French growers.
  • Plant in October or November for harvest in July.
  • A non-flowering variety which can be strung or plaited.

Sultop (sold out)

  • White head garlic with attractive red clove skins.
  • Plant before or after Christmas for a July or August harvest.
  • A really good keeper – will store until the Spring following harvesting.
  • Has hard stems which flower naturally and can be made into posies.

Thermidrome (sold out)

  • A traditional variety producing large heads and cloves.
  • White head with white clove skins.
  • Plant in October or November for harvest in July.
  • A non-flowering variety which can be strung or plaited.
  • Should keep until the December following harvesting.

Onion sets – 50p for a dozen

Mixed onionsChoose any combination of:

  • Snowball (white onions)
  • Red Cross (red onions) (sold out)
  • Shakespeare (brown onions) (sold out)
  • Mixed onions (sold out)

All these are suitable for Autumn planting outdoors, or for starting off in modules under cover.

Shallot sets – £1 for a dozen

Golden Gourmet shallots – plant outdoors from February or start off in modules in Autumn.

Plants and seeds

We also still have a few:

  • Chard plants
  • Chicory plants
  • Mustard plants
  • Broad bean seed starter packs (12 seeds per packet)

Available in exchange for a small donation.

How to order

Please email us at growingnewsome@gmail.com to let us know what you’d like. Our seeds and plants are available for collection from Newsome village or from Huddersfield town centre – or we may be able to deliver if you live locally.


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