This website uses cookies. Learn more. Accept Cookies.
Close
Your Trug, items you want to buy Your Trug
Trug Empty
£0.00
Victoriana Nursery Gardens Logo
Victoriana Nursery Gardens Logo
Your Trug, items you want to buy
Search
Menu
Victoriana Nursery Gardens Logo
Your Trug, items you want to buy
Search
Menu

Twitter Icon Facebook Icon Email Icon

Print Icon

Special Offers
Redeem Offer Code
Redeem Gift Voucher
Scarecrow Members

Join The Scarecrow Club

Our Feedback
Thank you for my order which was received today. I would like to congratulate you on both the speedy and efficient way in which my order was dealt with and the quality and excellent value for money in respect of the live plants ordered (tree lupins). Over the last 30 years or so I have ordered plants from a large number of plant suppliers. However, none come anywhere near the quality of your plants in terms of their healthiness, robustness and readiness for planting-on. Many thanks
Robert Cornwall, South Wales

Open Social & Offers
Close Social & Offers

Twitter Icon Facebook Icon Email Icon

Print Icon

Special Offers
Redeem Offer Code
Redeem Gift Voucher
Scarecrow Members

Join The Scarecrow Club

Our Feedback
Thank you for my order which was received today. I would like to congratulate you on both the speedy and efficient way in which my order was dealt with and the quality and excellent value for money in respect of the live plants ordered (tree lupins). Over the last 30 years or so I have ordered plants from a large number of plant suppliers. However, none come anywhere near the quality of your plants in terms of their healthiness, robustness and readiness for planting-on. Many thanks
Robert Cornwall, South Wales

Image of Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson

    How To Sow & Grow Salad Leaves

    Salad Leaves

    Lettuces

    Likes open, sunny sites, but will tolerate light shade. Prefers fertile, moisture-retentive soil.

    Catalogna (cut-and-come-again)

    Sow late March onwards under protection either in seed trays, or drills ½" (1 cm) deep in rows 8" apart. When large enough to handle transplant outside, planting 8-10" (20-25 cm) apart in rows 18" (45 cm) apart. Alternatively direct sow mid-April onwards into ½" (1 cm) deep drills 18" (45 cm) apart and thin to one plant per 8-10" (20-25 cm) apart when large enough to handle (and of course use the thinnings in salads).

    Henderson's Black Seeded Simpson, Lobjoit's Green Cos, In Perpetuity Blend

    For Early Crops
    Sow under protection in seed trays January to March and lightly cover seed. Prick out into mall pots when large enough to handle and grow on under protection. Plant outside after risk of frost is gone, setting out plants 14" (35 cm) apart in rows 18" (45 cm).

    For Main Season Crops
    Sow thinly in ½" (1 cm) deep drills 18" (45 cm) apart. Thin out to one plant per 14" (35 cm) when large enough to handle.

    For Later Crops
    Sow October and transplant to protected growing - cloches, greenhouse or similar - for harvesting in early spring.

    Cultivation

    Water in dry spells, and keep plants weeded.

    Sow every 2-3 weeks to ensure a succession of lettuces throughout the summer and early autumn. Sowings between September and March are best done under protection.
    Lettuces can still be planted outside during the late autumn and over the winter though they will mature quicker if grown under protection.

    Cut regularly to encourage a constant supply of young leaves, which are far sweeter than the larger leaves. As a guide the crop should be no taller than 12" (30 cm) tall.

    Cresses

    Salad Cress

    Thinly sow at regular intervals on folded paper towels or similar placed in a waterproof container or dish - no need to cover. Place in a warm dark place - a kitchen cupboard is ideal. (The airing cupboard will be too warm). After 4 days remove.

    The cress will have germinated and be about 2" (5 cm) tall. It will appear blanched (white) because of the lack of light. Place in a well-lit window position (add only a little water if tissue is drying out), turn container round the next day - your cress will now have 'greened up'. Cut with scissors and use.

    Watercress

    Sow 3-4 seeds in pots of moist soil or compost. Grow on in moist conditions - soggy wet containers, a polythene-lined trench with mud and water, or even in your pond, if you have one. Pick regularly to ensure a continuing supply of young leaves and to prevent premature flowering.

    Land Cress

    The flavour is almost identical to watercress, although a little stronger, and it can be used in the same way.

    Sow thinly in seed trays or small pots and just cover seed with compost. Plant out when large enough to handle, 10" (25 cm) apart in rows 12" (30 cm) apart. Can be grown under protection for autumn and winter crops. Can also be grown in pots. Pick regularly to ensure a continuing supply of young leaves and to prevent premature flowering.

    Salads and Stirfries

    Mizuna greens

    Likes a fertile, moisture-retentive soil, and plenty of water. Sow thinly April-September in drills ¾" (2 cm) deep in rows 12" (30 cm) apart, or sprinkly thinly in containers. For use as a cut-and-come-again leaf crop thin to 4" (10 cm) apart.

    Oriental Lucky 13

    Likes a fertile, moisture-retentive soil, and plenty of water. This mixture is perfect for either growing in the vegetable garden or in containers from April-September. Can also be grown under protection through the winter months to produce a useful crop of fresh salad leaves or stir fry mixture.

    Sow thinly April - September in drills ¾" (2 cm) deep in rows 12" (30 cm) apart, or sprinkle thinly in containers. For use as a cut-and-come-again leaf crop thin to 4" (10 cm) apart. For eating 'whole' thin to 12" (30 cm) - but remember to eat the thinnings! For overwintering crops sow under protection, in the same manner, from August-mid October.

    Rocket

    Sow outside from spring to summer onwards, thinly in drills ½" (1 cm) deep 6" (15 cm) apart. When large enough to handle thin to 6" (15 cm) apart. Cut regularly to maintain a constant supply of young leaves. For late autumn and winter production grow in the same manner under cloches or in a cold greenhouse or polytunnel.

    Sorrel, Broad-leaf

    A hardy perennial, which is early to crop (usually in March). Likes a sunny or slightly shaded position. Prefers a well-drained soil but grows well on most soils, including heavier types. Water often, especally dring warm, dry summers. Nip out flowers to avoid running to seed. Divide the plants every three years to rejuvenate them. Can be pot-grown or put in the ground. Will self-seed. The older, tougher leaves are best coked, whilst the younger ones are best used as you would herbs or shredded in salads. Has a very tangy, lemony flavour.

    Spinach and Chard

    Good King Henry

    Sow April onwards in ¼" (6cmm) deep drills 18" (45 cm) apart. Thin seedlings to 12" (30 cm) apart. Plants do not transplant well so always sow where you plan to grow. Keep well watered and mulch well annually. Pick regularly to ensure a supply of young leaves. Treat as spinach but tastes better cooked than raw. Leaves can taste bitter so use sparingly in conjunction with other, sweeter greens. Young shoots can be steamed and are said to taste of asparagus. Trim off flower buds to prevent plants going to seed and use sa a broccoli substitute.

    Rainbow Chard

    Sow in 1" (2.5 cm) deep drills 18" (45 cm) apart from April until September. Once large enough to handle thin to 4" (5 cm) apart if using for salads, or 12" (30 cm) apart if using as larger leaves/stems. Remove any flower buds should they appear. Harvest regularly to encourage a supply of fresh young leaves. Protect with cloches for the winter to extend the cropping season.

    Spinach

    Sow March to October in 1" (2.5 cm) deep drills 18" (45 cm) apart. These are what are known as a cluster seed in that each 'cluster' contains several seeds so sow approximately 1" (2.5 cm) apart. Once large enough to handle thin to 4-6" (10-15 cm) apart. Water regularly in warm dry spells. Pick frequently to ensure the leaves stay young and succulent. Better to cut more than you need and compost the excess rather than allow the leaves to become large and tough.

    Strawbini

    Sow thinly in ½" (1 cm) deep drills in rows 18" (45 cm) apart. Thin plants to 10" (25 cm) apart when large enough to handle. Alternatively, raise in seed trays and transplant from May onwards. Grows to around 2 feet (60 cm) tall. Usually grown as an annual strawbini can overwinter if weather is not too severe as it is perennial in habit. The leaves can be eaten raw, but should be eaten in moderation as they contain oxalates. These are destroyed by cooking leaves as you would spinach.

    Winter Leaves

    Witloof Chicory (for forcing)

    Prefers a sunny site but tolerates light shade. Does well on poor soils. Sow thinly in ½" (1 cm) deep drills, 12" (30 cm) apart. Thin to one plant per 10" (25 cm) when large enough to handle.

    To force, lift the plants and cut off the foliage to approximately 1" (2.5 cm) above the roots; you can also trim back the roots at this point. Pot up into deep containers of moist potting compost so that the tops are just showing,then cover with a further 6-9" (15-23 cm) of compost. Take precautions against slugs!
    Move the pots or containers to a warm dark place. After 3-4 weeks the forced chicons should be ready for harvest. After chicons have been cut, cover up the stumps again as you may get a second crop.

    Corn Salad

    Also known as lamb's lettuce or mache. Likes moderately fertile soil in an open, sunny position. Provide protection for autumn and winter crops for best results. Sow August to September thinly in ½" (1 cm) deep drills 6" (15 cm) apart. Protect the emerging seedlings from birds and slugs. Thin the plants to 4-6" (10-15 cm) apart (and of course eat the thinnings!). Water in dry spells. Pick as required, avoiding striping a plant bare.

    Dwarf Green Curled Kale

    Particularly sweet and delicious variety of kale, the young leaves of which can be eaten raw in salads. Can also be steamed or shredded and used in stir-fries. Sow ¾" (2 cm) deep in modules or small pots from March-June. When large enough to handle plant out 2 feet (60 cm) apart in rows 2 feet (60 cm), unless you are planning to grow as a cut-and-come-again crop in which case you can plant as close as 4" (10 cm) apart in the row. Harvest in late autumn-early spring.

    Miscellaneous

    Malabar Spinach

    The rich green leaves resemble Spinach both in flavour and texture but are thicker and more fleshy. Use as you would conventional Spinach but the leaves are also ideal for stir-fries and similar.

    Malabar Spinach requires a growing temperature of around 70F (21C) and so is best grown in a greenhouse, polytunnel or similar. Sow into modules or small pots April-May, covering seeds with ½"(6 mm) of compost. Germinate at a temperature of around 75F (24C). When large enough to handle plant out into the border 9" (23 cm) apart, 3 per growbag or 1 per 12 litre pot. Malabar Spinach likes to climb, and can reach up to 30 ft (10 metres or more), though is best kept at 8 ft (2½ metres) so provide support such as as strings or a bamboo cane teepee.

     


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...

    Chicory Seed 'Brussels Witloof'

    Image of Chicory Brussels Witloof  chicons

    A tried and trusted variety of Chicory that is possibly one of the best for forcing or blanching. Can be eaten raw or cooked.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 100 seeds.

    More information about Chicory Seed 'Brussels Witloof'

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...

    Corn Salad Seed 'Vit'

    Image of Corn Salad

    Sometimes known as Lamb's Lettuce. A much underrated vegetable. Provides a valuable source of fresh outdoor salad leaves during the autumn and winter.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 500 seeds.

    More information about Corn Salad Seed 'Vit'

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...

    Fine Curled Salad Cress Seed

    Fine Curled Salad Cress Seed

    Everyone should grow this! From sowing to eating in less than a week! True salad cress, not Rape, which is often mis-sold as salad cress.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 2000 seeds.

    More information about Fine Curled Salad Cress Seed

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information... Pollinator FriendlyPollinator Friendly

    Kale Seed 'Dwarf Green Curled'

    Image of Kale Dwarf Green Curled

    This is an extremely sweet, non-bitter kale; can even be eaten raw in salads. Dwarf in habit.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 100 seeds.

    More information about Kale Seed 'Dwarf Green Curled'

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...

    Land Cress Seed

    Image of Land Cress American

    With a flavour virtually identical to watercress this is perfect for those who do not have a pond, stream or boggy area. Fast-growing and reliable.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 200 seeds.

    More information about Land Cress Seed

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...

    Lettuce Seed 'Hendersons Black Seeded Simpson'

    Image of Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson

    Over 150 years old! Gorgeously sweet flavour and a satisfying crisp texture. An extremely hardy variety that can be grown almost any time of year.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 100 seeds.

    More information about Lettuce Seed 'Hendersons Black Seeded Simpson'

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...Award Of Garden MeritAward Of Garden Merit

    Lettuce Seed 'Lobjoit's Green Cos'

    Image of  Lettuce Lobjoits Green Cos

    Everything a lettuce should be. Deep green, self folding, leaves. Crunchy hearts and an excellent flavour. Slow to bolt as well.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 100 seeds.

    More information about Lettuce Seed 'Lobjoit's Green Cos'

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...

    Lettuce Seed - In Perpetuity Blend

    Image of Lettuce Mixed

    Our carefully blended selection of 15 distinct varieties of lettuce. Will provide both varietal interest and the potential of year-round cropping from one packet of seed.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 250 seeds.

    More information about Lettuce Seed - In Perpetuity Blend

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information... Pollinator FriendlyPollinator Friendly

    Mizuna Greens Seed

    Image of  Oriental Veg Mizuna Greens

    Sometimes known as Japanese Mustard. Green serrated leaves have a mild mustard flavour. Use in stir-fries or as a baby leaf. Excellent cold resistance.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 180 seeds.

    More information about Mizuna Greens Seed

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information... Pollinator FriendlyPollinator Friendly

    Oriental Veg 'Lucky 13' Surprise Seed Mix

    Image of Oriental Veg Lucky13

    A special blend of now more than 13 oriental vegetables, all different. Use young as baby leaf or grow on for a mixed 'stir fry' selection.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 150 seeds.

    More information about Oriental Veg 'Lucky 13' Surprise Seed Mix

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...Award Of Garden MeritAward Of Garden Merit

    Rainbow Chard Seed

    Image of Rainbow Chard

    Cheerful stems in a multitude of colours will brighten up the veg patch and the dining table! Harvestable as a baby leaf in just 28 days, it can go on to be cropped for up to two years.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 125 seeds.

    More information about Rainbow Chard Seed

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...

    Rocket Seed Blend

    Image of Roquette

    A blend of popular varieties. Produces heavy crops of the spicy salad leaf over a long period. Easy to grow and with good disease resistance.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 200 seeds.

    More information about Rocket Seed Blend

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...

    Sorrel Plant - Broad-leaf Sorel

    Sorrel Plant - Broad-leaf Sorel

    This early to harvest, cut and come again leaf is a great addition to all gardens, can be used like a herb or cooked as a vegetable. It has a tangy lemon flavour and is a self seeding hardy perennial.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a pot grown plant grown in a 7cm pot.

    More information about Sorrel Plant - Broad-leaf Sorel

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...Award Of Garden MeritAward Of Garden Merit

    Spinach Seed 'Amazon'

    Spinach Seed 'Amazon'

    F1 hybrid, bolt- and mildew-resistant variety bred in the UK to combat our short colder days. Reaches approx 8" (20 cm) high with dark green rounded leaves.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 250 seeds.

    More information about Spinach Seed 'Amazon'

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...Award Of Garden MeritAward Of Garden Merit

    Spinach Seed 'Little Grandad's Original'

    Image of  Spinach Perpetual

    Dark green leaves have small midribs and a rich and hearty spinach flavour. Extremely hardy and will crop over a long period.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 250 seeds.

    More information about Spinach Seed 'Little Grandad's Original'

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...

    Strawbini Seed

    Image of  Strawbini

    Also known as the Beetberry or Strawberry Spinach. Green foliage can be eaten as an alternative to Spinach. Rich red fruits have a taste reminiscent of Strawberries.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 200 seeds.

    More information about Strawbini Seed

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...Award Of Garden MeritAward Of Garden Merit

    Swiss Chard Seed 'Rhubarb Chard'

    Image of Swiss Chard

    Bright red stems are topped by dark green or purple leaves. Stem, leaves and even flower stalks can be eaten. Slow to run to seed.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 200 seeds.

    More information about Swiss Chard Seed 'Rhubarb Chard'

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...

    Watercress Seed

    Image of  Watercress

    Far easier to grow than many think. Does not require running water to grow successfully. Can be grown in troughs, a damp spot in the garden - or the garden pond.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 300 seeds.

    More information about Watercress Seed

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...

    Malabar Spinach Seed

    Image of Spinach Ceylon Climbing

    Thick, fleshy leaves have a taste similar to spinach. Can grow to 10 feet (3 metres) or more in height with suitable support. Best grown under protection.
    Available from APPROXIMATELY May 2020
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 36 seeds.

    More information about Malabar Spinach Seed

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...

    Rocket Plant Mix

    Image of Roquette

    So easy to grow and such amazing flavour. Cut again and again all season long for fresh, healthy and flavoursome leaves with mixed appearance.
    Available from APPROXIMATELY late March / early April 2020
    Supplied as compost block grown plants.

    More information about Rocket Plant Mix

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...Award Of Garden MeritAward Of Garden Merit

    Spinach Plant 'Amazon'

    Spinach Plant 'Amazon'

    An excellent variety of spinach, bred for the UK climate. Grow under protection early and late in the season to extend your cropping time. Delicious round, dark green leaves.
    Available from APPROXIMATELY April 2020
    Supplied as compost block grown plants.

    More information about Spinach Plant 'Amazon'

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More Information...More information...

    Strawbini Plant

    Image of  Strawbini

    Eaten like Spinach with the added bonus of little strawberry-like red fruits - delicious. Also known as the Beetberry or Strawberry Spinach.
    Available from APPROXIMATELY April 2020
    Supplied as compost block-grown plants.

    More information about Strawbini Plant

    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of Chicory Brussels Witloof  chicons

    Chicory Seed 'Brussels Witloof'


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of Corn Salad

    Corn Salad Seed 'Vit'


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Fine Curled Salad Cress Seed

    Fine Curled Salad Cress Seed


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of Kale Dwarf Green Curled

    Kale Seed 'Dwarf Green Curled'


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of Land Cress American

    Land Cress Seed


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson

    Lettuce Seed 'Hendersons Black Seeded Simpson'


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of  Lettuce Lobjoits Green Cos

    Lettuce Seed 'Lobjoit's Green Cos'


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of Lettuce Mixed

    Lettuce Seed - In Perpetuity Blend


    From £1.95 to £2.25
    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of  Oriental Veg Mizuna Greens

    Mizuna Greens Seed


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of Rainbow Chard

    Rainbow Chard Seed


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of Roquette

    Rocket Seed Blend


    From £2.25 to £2.75
    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Sorrel Plant - Broad-leaf Sorel

    Sorrel Plant - Broad-leaf Sorel


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Spinach Seed 'Amazon'

    Spinach Seed 'Amazon'


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of  Spinach Perpetual

    Spinach Seed 'Little Grandad's Original'


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of  Strawbini

    Strawbini Seed


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of Swiss Chard

    Swiss Chard Seed 'Rhubarb Chard'


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of  Watercress

    Watercress Seed


    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of Spinach Ceylon Climbing

    Malabar Spinach Seed


    From £0.40 to £0.55
    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of Roquette

    Rocket Plant Mix


    From £0.40 to £0.55
    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Spinach Plant 'Amazon'

    Spinach Plant 'Amazon'


    From £1.00 to £1.19
    Add to Trug...Add to Trug...More information...
    Image of  Strawbini

    Strawbini Plant