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Mizuna or Land Cress
Sowing instructions are included in the boxes but please find some more details and tips below to help you get the most from your seeds.
Included in your boxes are either Snoopea or Little Sweetheart Mixed.
Both are a hardy annual, dwarf variety of sweet pea. Perfect for hanging baskets, window boxes, pots and beds.
Plants grow up to 30cm, with up to 60cm spread. They love full sun, and picking flowers prolongs the flowering period, giving you beautiful blooms all summer. No need to provide supports unlike other sweet peas, although you can if you wish.
Sow undercover in winter indoors on a sunny windowsill to 2cm depth in good quality peat free compost or one seed per compost disc or 5 per 9cm pot. Once germinated place in a cold frame until frost has past.
During the winter young seedlings can grow spindly quickly due to the low light levels, so once 2 sets of true leaves have formed pinch out the top to encourage bushier growth.
Later sowings in April can be sown directly into flowering site.
Winter sown plants should be hardened off in March prior to planting in April (15cm apart).
Grow your own attractive salad all year long! High in vitamin C, folate, iron and anti-oxidants, Mizuna is a dark green peppery leaf on long white stems, perfect uncooked in a salad or added to a stir fry.
Sow all year long undercover. Sow thinly in a prepared seedbed 0.5cm deep. Thin to 5cm apart. Keep moist and successional sow every 2-3 weeks for continuous supply. Final sowings outside at the end of August.
A cut and come again leaf, don't remove all the leaves at once from each plant and more leaves will re-grow. Keep moist to avoid bolting (producing flowers instead of lovely leaves).
Seeds will germinate in a cold greenhouse in the winter if you're short on space.
Pot Marigold, or calendula is a herbaceous perennial which is hardly and easily transplants. Brightly coloured daisy-like flowers with no-fuss maintenance. Reaches up to 60cm in height.
Sow thinly in coir discs, seed tray or 9cm pots. Pot marigolds don't like soggy compost, so keep damp but don't overwater and ensure good drainage.
When danger of frost has passed plant out into pots or beds, 10cm apart. Prefers partial shade. Pots should be 15cm deep.
The flowers are edible and can be used in a variety of ways including salads, tea and an alternative to saffron in colouring rice. Plant out in the spring into outdoor pots or keep on sunny windowsills. Seeds can be saved for next year by cutting brown seed heads off and allowing to dry in a cool location
No need to dead-head as they have very long flowering periods throughout the summer.
Happy sowing and growing! We'd love to hear how you're getting on.