I’ve been a bit reluctant in the past to buy plants mail order. I like to have a good look at what I’m buying before I hand over my cash. However, recently I’ve become quite frustrated with the plants on offer at my local garden centres and I haven’t got the time to travel around the country searching out the varieties I want. So I have found myself giving mail order plants a try. I have to say I haven’t had any problems so far.
It’s actually quite nice when the postman turns up with a package saying ‘Live Plants – open immediately’. I half expect something to leap out at me when I delve into the packaging.
So my Blackberry ‘Reuben’ arrived on Wednesday and then today I received a delivery of vegetable plug plants from Delfland Nurseries. Delfland are the leading organic commercial grower of vegetable plug plants and they also sell seeds, have a good selection of sundries and sell a selection of flower plug plants such as sweet peas. They have Soil Association approval and work hard to minimise their impact on the environment. They use peat free compost, their cardboard boxes and loose fill packing materials can be composted and a biomass boiler provides heat for their glasshouses.
Between March and October they have plug plants to send out. Maybe you don’t have the space to sow seeds and grow them on before planting out or you’ve missed the opportunity to sow seeds of particular crops. Well this is where Delfland comes in. You can purchase separate varieties or choose their selection packs. They have a club root resistant selection, tried and tested tomatoes and Jill’s chilli selection amongst others. You could have a delivery every month throughout the growing season and not have to worry about starting seeds off.
I received some Japanese bunching onions, Winter Purslane, Winter Density Lettuce and some Perpetual Spinach. I haven’t grown any of them before so I looking forward to it.
Now all I need to do is get planting. Anyway I’ll keep you updated on my little plug plants, how they do and more importantly how they taste.
Thank you to Delfland Organic Plants.