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Seeds For Small Gardens
Member Name: Machair1
Advantages: Seeds sold in small quantities and some really unusual varieties.
Disadvantages: None at all
Regular readers of my reviews may know that I have a passion for growing salad leaves. In my fairly small garden I am able to be self sufficient most years, including the winter, and this I do by carefully selecting the right varieties. Salad leaves are so easy to grow, and they need only a thin layer of compost underneath them, so they do not require the heavy digging and soil preparation demanded by other crops. Choosing the right varieties is of paramount importance, and I use a number of the less well known seed companies to achieve this. I will look inside the giant catalogues from the major seed producers from time to time, but I much prefer to turn to the lesser known, as there are so many real gems out there including More Veg which I absolutely love.
More Veg which you can find at www.moreveg.co.uk has found a corner of the market that I feel has been lacking for as long as I can remember. Most small gardeners like myself love to grow vegetables, but we simply don't need 200 seeds to supply our needs, and so More Veg actually produce seeds in small quantities exactly for this reason. Most of their seeds are sold in groups of 20, and they are often as inexpensive as 50p. Not only is this excellent value but it also allows you to try as many different varieties as possible, which I think makes gardening so interesting. I also think it discourages one of my worse gardening habits which is to be too heavy handy with sowing, this enthusiastic behaviour has often meant long sessions pricking out tangled seedlings and inevitably causes waste and some frustration.
I think many people are worried about the use of small producers from fears over the security aspects of their websites, which is one of the reasons why I love to talk about these kinds of businesses if I have experiences of dealing with them. I can only report positive things about this company who have supplied me with seeds for some years now, and have never let me down so far. I usually pay by PayPal but you can order by post if you prefer, and in my experience despatch times are very quick indeed and the seeds are also supplied with excellent growing instructions.
The website itself is really user friendly and what I really admire is the constant updating that happens so frequently as new and really obscure varieties become available. This is the place to find that gem which no one else has tried before, and certainly isn't going to pop up in Tesco. I think this is what really got me started some years ago with my salad leaf quest as I love Mediterranean salads and eat them daily. Although I have purchased leaves from the supermarket their keeping qualities are not always ideal, and there is nothing nicer than popping outside just before tea to pick leaves for a salad that will be eaten within half an hour of being harvested.
The website also has lots of helpful advice about sowing, and the seasonal needs that plants have, so that you can really understand when to sow various varieties to get the best outcome. They also have detailed histories relating to the seed varieties. I have one lettuce with a history dating back to 1800 from South Carolina!
I also love to grow tomatoes and More Veg really have some fantastic options here and I have had great success with germination from these as with all their seeds. The quality really is excellent and the entire process from ordering to delivery and on from there is 100% positive. Even the postal charges are pegged really low. My latest order was a mere £1.25 for posting as it was under £10, but orders over this amount are completely free.
The company was formed when a group of gardeners in similar positions to myself got together to see if they could fill this gap in the market, which I think they have done so with such success. I think it is also encouraging to note that they do not use any seeds which are genetically modified and many of the lines are organically sourced.
I think this company is making gardening accessible to all as it is so much more economical to purchase seeds in this way.
This hasn't been the easier year for growers in the UK. The weather has been so devastating, but I am still enthusiastic when I see my little seed packages arriving and I can disappear into my potting shed to get started!
This is an excellent company in every aspect, and hopefully my review will give them some coverage, as unless I had found them some years ago I may still have been in the dark about their existence. Happy Gardening!
Mrs Rachel Martin
Summary: A fantastic place to buy seeds!