Try the lettuce lolla rosso lettuce or the fine cos little gems. A range of great and tasty salad products are available from the best brands in the business.
Childrens Ornamental Cucumber Hedgehog Thompson & Morgan£1.69
Easy and fun. A climbing plant producing lots of pale green, round decorative, spiny ornamental fruits which you can turn into decorations and characters. They will last up to 3 months.
Childrens Tomato Tigerella (Mr Stripey) Thompson & Morgan£1.69
The Children’s Tomato Tigerella, also known as ‘Mr Stripey’ is a heavy-cropping variety of bright red tomatoes featuring tiger-like yellow stripes. The sizes vary from very small cherry tomatoes to giant ‘Beefsteak’ sizes that taste great in sandwiches. Unusual because of its yellow and orange stripes, they are perfect for encouraging young gardeners to start on fruits and vegetables.
Sow indoors in 7.5 pots with moist compost. Sprinkle the seeds over the surface of the compost and cover with a thin layer of compost. Put your pots in a polythene bag or propagator at a temperature between 18-20C. Keep the compost moist but not wet and give 7-14 days to germinate.
Once your plants are large enough to handle, transplant your seedlings into their own 7.5cm pots. Position in full sunlight, and once all risk of frost has passed plant outside spaced 45cm apart. It would be best to acclimatise your tomatoes to outdoor conditions for at least 7 days before potting out.
Pinch out shoots as they appear and this will encourage more tomatoes to grow from August onwards.
Feed your tomato plants with tomato fertiliser throughout the growing period, and your tomatoes will be ready to crop from August.
Cucumber Bella Thompson & Morgan£3.99
‘Bella’ is an all female cucumber that produces vigorously growing plants, featuring heavy crops of long and slightly ribbed fruits. High quality, this variety has wonderful colouring and flavour with no bitter aftertaste. They have a good tolerance to powdery mildew and are one of the most reliable cucumber varieties for unheated greenhouses.
If growing in a greenhouse, the greenhouse must be warm to humid with a minimum temperature of 15C.
Sow your cucumber seeds from early March to April for indoor cropping. Sow your cucumber seeds on their side at a depth of 1cm in 7.5cm pots with free-draining seed compost. Place in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag at a temperature of 20C until germination which will take 7-10 days. Protect any emerging seedlings from direct sunlight to avoid scorching. Keep the compost moist but not wet.
When grown transplant them at a spacing of 45cm apart in a warm and humid greenhouse or conservatory.
Cucumber Carmen Thompson & Morgan£4.99
The ‘Carmen’ Cucumber is a wonderful all-female variety with a superb resistance to powdery mildew, scab and leaf-spot. The fruits are cylindrical, straight, slightly ribbed and dark with a gloss, and short neck. Growing to up to 40cm long, they keep well once picked.
Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit the fruits are produced in abundance and it is known to produce up to 40 fruits per plant.
This greenhouse variety is easy to train and the fruits give an excellent exhibition.
When growing cucumbers in a greenhouse, be sure that they have a warm and humid location, with a minimum temperature of 15C.
Sow your cucumber seeds from March to April, on the seeds side, at a depth of 1cm in 7.5cm pots with free draining seed compost. Place in a propagator or in a polythene bag at a temperature of 20C until germination, which can take up to 10 days. Protect any emerging seedlings from direct sunlight to avoid scorching.
Grow on until they are large enough to be transplanted into larger pots or in a growbag at a spacing of 45cm apart. Keep the compost moist but not wet and the location warm and humid.
Cucumber Cetriolo Marketer Mezzo Lungo Thompson & Morgan£1.99
The Cucumber ‘Cetriolo Marketer Mezzo Lungo’ produces an abundance of high quality crops throughout summer. Medium in length this variety is a rich green colour with short white spines. Best grown outdoors. For early crops sow your seeds under protection in pots of good quality compost 2cm deep from March to April.
Transplant in late May once the risk of frost has passed, 80cm apart. Your seed can be sown directly outdoors from May to June, simply place 2 seeds 20cm deep and 80cm apart. Keep the soil moist but not wet.
Thin out to strengthen your seedlings. Protect them with polythene or fleece in cold weather.
Cut your fruits regularly to encourage new growth, and a long, continuous production. Cut before fruits show signs of producing seeds, which is best done early in the morning when it is fresh and cool.
Cucumber Crystal Apple (Reselected True Strain) Thompson & Morgan£2.49
The ‘Crystal Apple’ Cucumber is a heritage variety that originates from Australia. The crops are prolific in growth if picked regularly when they are larger than golf ball size. The flesh is crisp and tender with a bitter free and sweet flavour.
Best grown outdoors, ‘Crystal Apple’ makes the perfect trailing plant, on the ground or supported by trellis. They crop over a long period if picked regularly.
Sow from mid April to early June under glass. Transplant outdoors when your seedlings are large enough. Plant with mixed flowers as both types are required when pollinating.
Position in a location with well-drained, moist, rich soil with full sunlight. When the weather is colder, cover with cloches.
Cucumber Mini Munch Thompson & Morgan£3.99
The ‘Mini Munch’ Cucumber is an all female variety that is a particularly heavy cropper, if harvested regularly. Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit, ‘Mini Munch’ makes the perfect lunchbox snack if picked when young, at a length of 7cm. If picked when more mature they make a perfect addition when sliced and put into salads or sandwiches.
They have a crunchy texture and delicious flavour and are best eaten straight from the plant.
When growing, the conditions of your greenhouse or conservatory must be warm and humid, at a temperature of 15C. Sow your seeds from early March to April and then transplant outdoors later on. Sow your cucumber seed on their side at a depth of 1cm in 7.5cm pots with free-draining, seed sowing compost. Place inside a propagator or seal inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 20C until germination, which can take up to 10 days. Protect any emerging seedlings from direct sunlight to avoid scorching. Grow on until large enough to handle, keeping the compost moist but not wet.
Transplant them into a growbag or 45cm apart in a warm and humid greenhouse. Plant at a distance of 90cm apart. Water well until they are fully established.
Harvest: June to October
Cucumber Picolino Thompson & Morgan£3.99
The ‘Picolino’ Cucumber is an excellent mini-cue that produces an abundance of quality fruit throughout summer. Their texture is crisp and juicy and the sizes of the fruits are perfect for one meal. This all female flowering variety requires regular harvesting to maintain its production.
Ideal as an outdoor variety for organic gardeners, simply position in a location with full sun and well drained soil.
This half hardy annual has a good resistance o powdery, and downy mildew.
They can be grown on a patio, in a kitchen garden, greenhouse or in the garden. Greenhouse cucumbers will need warm and a humid temperature of 15C.
Sow your seeds from March to April for indoor cropping and transplanting later on. Outdoor varieties can be sown directly outdoors from May to June. Sow your seeds on their side at a depth of 1cm in 7.5cm pots of free-draining seed compost. Place in a propagator or seal inside a plastic bag, at a temperature of 20C until germination, which can take between 7-10 days. Protect from direct sunlight to avoid scorching. Keep your compost moist but not wet.
When grown, transplant at a spacing of 2 plants per growbag or 45cm apart in a warm and humid greenhouse. Acclimatise to outdoor conditions for up to 10 days before planting outdoors in warm and well drained soil with full sun. Be sure to shelter from winds.
Plant your outdoor cucumbers in single rows 90cm apart. Water well after planting and until your plants are fully established.
Harvest Time: June,July,August,September
Cucumber Vega Thompson & Morgan£3.99
The ‘Vega’ Cucumber variety is perfect for outdoor growing, producing a large healthy crop of 10-12cm fruits throughout the summer if picked regularly. The texture is crunchy and the flavour is delicious with no bitterness. They have a tolerance to powdery mildew and are vigorous in growth.
Sow from mid April to early June in 2.5cm pots or trays with good quality seed compost at 20C in a propagator or under glass. Protect any emerging seedlings from direct sunlight so they do not get scorched.
Pot on your individual seedlings into 7.5cm pots with sowing compost and keep moist but not wet to avoid stem rot. Keep at a temperature of 20C.
Plant out 75cm apart once there is no risk of frost outdoors. Where space is limited you can train up your cucumber plants to supports or netting. Do not remove any male flowers as they will help with pollination.
Feed your plants with a potash fertiliser once fruiting begins and water regularly.
Harvest Time: July,August,September
Lettuce Tantan Thompson & Morgan£2.99
A slightly larger Little Gem type which is similar in flavour, but Lettuce Tin Tin has slightly more ‘bubbled’ leaves, giving it a more distinctive appearance. Lettuce Tin Tin is ready to harvest approximately 11 weeks from sowing with delicious crisp, ‘romaine’ hearts that stand well during hot summer weather. Suitable for ‘cut and come again’, baby leaf or mature hearts. Seeds are in the RHS Vegetable Collection.
Onion Ciboule (Welsh Onion) Red Thompson & Morgan£2.29
The ‘Ciboule’ Onion, aslso known as the ‘Welsh Onion’ is a non-bulbing variety that produces clumps of tube-like and hollow leaves with creamy white globes shaped flowers that appear early in summer.
A popular vegetable that is often used in Asian cuisine, it is versatile and can be used as sprouts, the leaves can be used in salads, or you can pull up the whole plant. It can also be used as an ornamental plant.
The ‘Ciboule’ is a perennial bunching onion, that has striking red stalks and a stronger flavour than the white variety, and is slightly hardier. Distinguishable because of its round hollow leaves and slight bulb formation, they make an interesting addition to vegetable plots and herb gardens. Easy to grow, once they are established they will look after themselves with barely any maintenance required.
The flowers will encourage bees into your garden, but will be a repellent for other insects. Easily cultivated from seed they are extremely hardy and pest resistant. They can be cold in cold weather as well as hot.
Choose a location that is open and sunny with good drainage. Do not sow in a bed that has been freshly manure and avoid planting in an area that has previously grown onions.
Sow in autumn or late winter to spring. Seeds can be sown directly in autumn to be harvested in 46 weeks to produce large bulbs. Alternatively they can be sown in February under cloches or directly from March to April to be harvested 22 weeks after planting. In colder areas sow under glass in January and harden off in March to be transplanted outdoors in April.
Sow thinly at a depth of 1.2cm and 25-30cm apart. Water gently if the soil is dry and cover with soil. Once large enough to handle, thin your crop in two stages. Close the spacing between them and this will give you smaller onions.
Thin your spring sown seedlings to 2.5cm and when the seedlings have straightened up to 10cm apart. Thin your autumn sown seedlings to 2.5cm in autumn, and then to 10cm in spring.
Seedlings that are being grown under glass should be transplanted 10cm apart, leaving 9cm between the rows. Roots must fall vertically in the planting hole and the bulb base should be 1cm below the surface. Be sure to plant firmly.
Onion Cipolla Bianca Musona (White) Thompson & Morgan£1.99
The ‘Cipolla Bianca Musona’ is a large, round and white skinned fleshy bulb that is perfect for storing through the autumn and winter months. Delicious if sliced and added to salads as well as when cooked.
Sow early in January to February under heated glass, to plant outdoors in late April to May. Outdoor sowings can be planted in a prepared seedbed in a sunny, sheltered location during March to April. Sow your seeds thinly 13mm deep in drills of 30cm apart. Lightly cover your seed with soil and gently firm. Water if the soil is dry.
Thin out or transplant your seedlings when they are large enough to handle, 5cm apart if the bulbs are smaller and 1cm for larger bulbs. Water as necessary and pull out any weeds.
Harvest your bulbs from August to September once the leaves have fallen down and dried. Lift the bulbs and allow to dry in row on the soil for 7 to 10 days. Store in a cool and well ventilated location such as a dry shed.
Harvest Time: August,September