Contains the following baby plants
- DELIVERY INFO: Spring pre-orders (received before April 30th) will be shipped between late April - late May 2022. New orders will be shipped in late May/early June
See FAQs for further info.
Quick Growing Salad Collection – Gift Voucher
This little collection just keeps giving
An easy to grow pack of cut and come again salad plants that make the perfect gift for anyone who might enjoy growing their own.
You’ll receive various different salad plants, with 3 types of lettuce, as well as spinach, rocket, mizuna, mustard leaves, chard and beetroot.
Space required: An area approx 120cm x 150cm
DELIVERY: Normally dispatched within 3 working days, but we’re currently closed for Christmas break. Please see FAQs for up-to-date delivery information
IMPORTANT – Once received, recipients MUST redeem their voucher in order for their plants to be delivered. Please see FAQs
Once activated, this voucher entitles them to:
- A delivery of organic veg plants to grow (see below)
- A complete growing guide with advice on how to plant and look after their veg.
- Regular gardening tips by email (optional)
Please note that the contents of this garden may vary slightly depending upon the season.
Transplants suitable for organic growing.
Plants can be delivered from spring to mid-summer. Recipients can activate their voucher at any time and we will ship their plants as soon as possible after that between April 2022 and July 2022
Can be grown in: Any combination of pots and containers, grow bags, raised beds
The contents of this garden may vary slightly depending upon the season.
Sun or partial shade
Lettuces and leaves need some sunshine, but will tolerate partial shade (and in fact this can often help to keep them cool and prevent them from bolting) and moisture-retentive soil.
Great for beds, containers and planters
Lettuces and salad leaves don’t require a lot of space, making them perfect for growing in pots and containers, grow bags, planters and beds.
How far apart?
As a general rule, give them about 15cm space. As always, you should check the instructions on each variety when you receive your baby plants to make sure you give them enough space.
Keep them cool
Lettuces and salads will keep producing lots of leaves for several weeks if kept fairly cool – regular watering, mulching and growing them in partial shade can help. If they do get too hot, they are prone to ‘bolt’, and will stop producing leaves and instead start to form a flower/seed head.
Protect from pests
Slugs, snails and rabbits are the main ones to watch out for… slug traps using cheap lager work well, and a 1-2ft tall fence around raised beds, made out of bamboo canes and chicken wire, will normally help to keep rabbits at bay.
When to harvest
Most lettuces and leaves can be harvested as cut & come again – just cut off the outer leaves, leaving a few smaller leaves in the centre, on a regular basis.
For those that form a heart, like little gem, wait until they have matured and cut off at the stalk.
In hot, dry conditions or sudden cold spells, lettuces and salad leaves can get stressed and will rush to produce flowers and seeds rather than producing lots of leaves. Once this has happened you cannot reverse it, so the best thing to do to try and prevent it is add a good layer of mulch around vulnerable plants to keep them from drying out, this will also help to keep the soil a little warmer on cold days.
Slugs & Snails
Lettuces and leaves are very popular with slugs and snails – keep them protected (try beer traps, eggshell/grit, copper tape etc) and remove any slugs that you see.
Try to protect your leaves from rabbits if they are a problem in your plot – a simple 2 foot high fence made from chicken wire and bamboo canes is usually sufficient to deter them, but the more persistent rabbits will burrow underneath the fence, so be prepared to dig the chicken wire into the ground if needed.
Tiny round holes in leaves, particularly in stronger leaves like wild rocket and mizuna is inevitably flea beetle. Where this is a problem, you can try using an insect proof mesh and mulching the plants to keep the soil moist and cool will help (they are more active in hot dry weather). You can still eat the leaves if they have holes in so don’t give up on them!
We really recommend picking what you need, when you need it. But they will keep in the fridge unwashed in a food bag for a couple of days.
Ways to cook
It’s not all about salads, although freshly cut lettuce from the garden is one of the best things about summer salads! You can try making summer soups with wilted lettuce, pea and mint. And a lot of leaves are great in stir fries.
Gift vouchers are dispatched within 1-3 working days and are dispatched with Royal Mail first class post.
The £5.99 delivery charge is to cover the delivery of the plants once the voucher has been redeemed by the recipient.
Please be aware that once received, the recipient must redeem their voucher in order for us to deliver their plants.