~ SEED COLLECTIONS - great as gifts ~
Nice selections of seed that go well together, all with growing instructions, seedsaving information, and usually recipes too.
They make excellent gifts - 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.)
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.
There are free options you can add to your order, including a 'don't open before' date on the package.
See the link 'Gift Options' in the header of this page.
PLEASE NOTE: you need to add these gift mailing options to your order before checkout.
The "Bountiful Plot" Seed Collection
A careful selection of selection of vegetables that are easy to grow and really productive. We have chosen these as really good, reliable varieties that should give you as much produce as possible without too much fuss. A set of seeds ideal for beginners and experienced gardeners alike.
What you get:(we might occasionally have to substitute with a very similar variety)
- Australian Yellowleaf Heirloom Lettuce
- Autumn King carrot
- Golden Detroit beetroot
- True Siberian Kale
- Bulgarian Giant Leek
- Delikett Sugar-snap pea
- Vespa field bean
- Fordhook Giant chard
- Maxidor bush french bean (yellow)
- Burgess' Vine Buttercup squash
- Quick heading broccoli
- Securo summer spinach
- Giant Limousin Turnip
- Mystery Mix radishes
- Autumn Beauty Sunflowers
Perfect choice of easy varieties, also makes a great gift.
Order MC55 - £
Alternatively, if you would like this selection of seeds yourself, but don't need them all beautifully wrapped up together into a gift package, you can use this button to add them to your basket as individual packets:
Do you need a 'How to Grow Veg' Book?
The seed collections include basic instructions, but a good gardening book is really an essential if you are a complete newcomer.
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. We tearnt how to grow on our allotments from an earlier edition many years ago.
"Grow Your Own Vegetables" Book £
A 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.
It is particularly good value as we have included a packet of the Mortons Secret Mix Lettuce, with hundreds of different strains of lettuce in it, so you get a vast amount of variety in your salads from just a single packet.
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).
Different salad plants including our super mix of lettuces:
- Salad Rocket
- Green Purslane
- Red Mizuna
- Mortons Secret Mix of very mixed letuces
- Claytonia (or Miners Lettuce)
- Salad Nasturtiums
- Bianca Riccia Salad Endive
- Land Cress
- Belleville Sorrel
If you like salad, this will really give you a whole new set of incredible textures and colours for your bowl.
Order MC42 - £
A selection of beautiful flowers for your salads and garden borders; featuring our new artwork on the gift bag.
• Salad Mix Nasturtiums
• Johnny Jump-up Violet
• Garlic Chives
• Shungiku (salad chrysanthemum)
• Flashback Red pot marigiold (calendula)
• Korean flowering mint
Order MC50 - £
For the more adventurous, and those who want to try something new, this is a collection of different oriental vegetables.
They come folded in a neat 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.
- Welcome Red Shoots
- Michilli, salad Chinese cabbage
- Mibuna Easy Green
- Our new Red Mizuna
- Green Wave, cold hardy mustard green
- Tatsoi dark round leaf green
- Tai Sai white pak choi
- Nine Headed Bird leaf mustard
- WaWa GaChoi stem vegetable
We've also put in a free packet of Agretti - although our seed is from Italy, it is very, very closely related to Oka-hijiki from Japan, and can be used in soups in the same way, so we wanted to add it to the collection for you to try out.
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 The Oriental Explorer Gift Collection - £
Alternatively, if you would like to try this selection of seeds but don't need them all beautifully wrapped up together into a gift package, you can use this button to add the same list to your basket as individual packets: