~ SEED COLLECTIONS - great as gifts ~
Here are some nice selections of seed that go well together, and as ever, they all come with growing instructions, seedsaving information, and usually recipes too.
We fold the collections up separately from the rest of your order, as a small packet containing the seeds. This unfolds when opened with growing instructions, notes and seedsaving information printed inside.
They make excellent gifts - we can even send them direct to the recipient if you wish - just let us know and we'll leave the receipt out, and mark the packet 'Gift from xxxx - do not open before dd/mm/yy'. (Or any other message you want.)
We try to avoid substitutions but occasionally we may have to swap a packet for something equally interesting - especially towards the end of the season.
We pack and send out orders twice a week. For gifts being sent direct, please send in your order at least 2 weeks beforehand, just to be absolutely sure it will arrive in time.
The "Beginner Gardener" Seed Collection
A careful selection of selection of vegetables that are ideal for the first-time vegetable grower. We've chosen these as our most reliable and least fussy to grow, so you should get good results even if you are a newcomer to vegetable growing.
What you get:
Perfect choice of easy varieties for a new gardener, also makes a great gift - Order MC047 - £17.90
The Beginner Gardener collection includes detailed instructions on the printout that comes with your order.
But, a good gardening book is really an essential if you are a complete newcomer to growing, and there is really only one that we recommend - Grow Your Own Vegetables by Joy Larkcom. This is a brilliant book that will give you the confidence and basic information you need as you start out, but has enough detail that you will keep referring to it for years to come.
SPECIAL OFFER WITH BOOK - We are offering the book together with the Beginner Gardener seed collection for a special price, saving £1 off the total if bought separately:
The "Modern Kitchen Garden" Seed Collection **NEW SELECTION FOR 2013**
We have put together a really interesting and tasty selection of vegetables for our new Kitchen Garden collection, aimed at the more experienced gardener who would like to try something new. There are some excellent and slightly more unusual varieties of well known vegetables - including our Golden Sweet mange tout pea, tasty purple climbing beans Cosse Violette - and a few things that you may not have grown before but that we're sure you will enjoy. All are chosen to be easy to grow and give good yields.
What you get:
•Purple Pole French Bean “Cosse Violette”
A very interesting collection of the best, to fill both the plot and the table!
Order MC048- £27.50
This is a nice set of quick growing and reliable salad plants - there's so much more to salad than lettuce! We are always trialling new salad varieties to find the best ones for sowing and cropping throughout the year. Many of these will be familiar to you, others may be new, but all are delicious and very easy to grow.
They've been chosen sow that you can sow throughout the year, from spring through to autumn (see individual packets for sowing times and instructions).
What you get:
If you like salad, this will really give you a whole new set of incredible textures and colours for your bowl.
Order MC042 - £14.75
For the more adventurous, and those who want to try something new, this is a newly-expanded seed collection of 9 different oriental vegetables. The previous version was so sucessful we've added a few extra of our favourite oriental greens for the new season.
They come folded in a neat green paper packet, together with notes, and we've selected them not only for their good results in our UK trials, but also to illustrate the different families of vegetable greens grown in the East.
• Dragon Tongue, mild mustard
An easy way to try a whole new range of vegetables, used for salads or as cooked greens - they all do really well here in the UK, and we grow lots for our own use every year.
Order MC045 - £16.40
Put together with an emphasis on really good value for money, and also value for space (in terms of making a lot of food from a small area), this reliable collection is designed to provide a good variety of food from the garden all year round, including in the difficult 'hungry gap' months.
All will grow well outdoors in the majority of the UK, though in particularly cool areas the tomatoes would do best in a greenhouse or tunnel.
We have chosen our most reliable & long cropping varieties, trying to find things that give a really good yield but aren't too expensive - and included full instructions with the collection, to help you make sure there is always something for the cook to harvest!
Some of the very best we have, 14 different packets with instructions.
Order MC046 - £27.50