• DELIVERY INFO: Spring Plants will be delivered from late April 2021 onwards Please see FAQs for further info.

Rainbow Chard – Bright Lights

£4.99

Colourful, nutrient-rich and delicious

Rainbow chard will bring a pleasing punch of colour to your veg patch during the colder months. It is a flavoursome and nutrient-rich vegetable that will produce leaves throughout the seasons. Simply cut off the bigger, outer leaves at the base and more will keep growing.

Number of plants: 10

Variety: Bright Lights (organic*)

In the kitchen: The leaves are lovely wilted with a bit of garlic butter, and the stalks are great chopped up and thrown into paellas and risottos.

Delivery Info: Available to order now for delivery in Spring 2021. Please see FAQs for up-to-date delivery info.

When to harvest: Once planted, you should be able to start harvesting outer leaves within a few weeks. Keep picking regularly for a continuous crop right through to autumn

*Transplants suitable for organic growing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Plants bolting

In hot, dry conditions 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 is keep your plants nice and cool and well watered during warm spells to try and prevent it.


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.


Rabbits

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.


Flea beetle

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!


Storage Tips

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.

Do I need to sign for them?
All our plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.

We will keep you posted
You will receive an email approximately a week before your order is dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.