As part of our aim to rebrand our bit of Southbankside as North Surbiton, Mrs I and I (in a Good Life meets roots and culture way) are on the lookout for a local centre of horicultural expertise whence we could furnish our broad open fields (read v small balcony) with crops for the summer.
In other words: does anyone know where we can get a few tomato plants, a few strawberry plants, a cucumber or two, as well as seeds to grow e.g. peas, salads, radish?
We'll only have room for a few of each type, and so I really want to find somewhere that will sell some alternative to the more commercial (and tasteless) varieties.
surprisingly (or not if it's true that they do sell everything you could possibly want or need), Tesco sell packets of seeds.
probably usless information given that you want more flavoursome varieties, not just the normal hardy sorts. also B&Q sell plants (which I'm sure you already knew)
there is a chap who sell guinea pigs, rabbits, and horse manure, just opposite the garage on, I think, St James st (or rd), just off OK rd, opposite B&Q. He probably doesn't sell what you want, but will amost certainly know someone who does.
having just re-read what I've written, this post actually offers very little help at all, but there you go.....
If you can bear leaving SE1 and are prepared for a bit of a journey, then go to Crewes Hill just past Enfield.
Or much more local B&Q on OK road has a pretty good garden section but to be honest I'm not 100% sure if they've got a great selection of veg.
OKR B&Q will do you if the plants have only just come in. In general their plants are so scruffy & ancient that you'd be better off not bothering!
Lidl are selling seeds at 29p per packet. Quite who their target market is, I cannot imagine - most people who shop there don't have gardens! Thompson & Morgan will sell you quality seeds from their website.
Personally, if going to the effort of growing your own vegetables, I should pay a premium for a decent and well bred packet of seeds from Thompson & Morgan. 'Moneymaker' tomato plants which you will get from B&Q are just too tasteless. Grow baby tomatoes for best flavour imo. I cannot find anybody selling tomato plants mail order on a quick search, but if you plant some seeds pretty sharpish you won't be too late for this year. Remember to keep them well watered!
There's a very expensive garden centre at World's End, King's Road.
IR, I can thoroughly recommend growing a variety of cherry tomato called Sweet 100. These are wonderful, but never eat the same variety on offer in the supermarkets, these are astringent watery horrors.
There is also usually a giant plant sale when Lambeth Community Care centre opens for the National Gardens Scheme (think it is 29-30 May this year which might be a bit late) and there have been tomato plants in the past.
Failing this You could venture south on a bus to the following garden centres in Southwark...
Dulwich Garden Centre
20-22, Grove Vale East Dulwich
Tel: 020 8299 1089
Dulwich Village Pot Garden
12b, Red Post Hill
Tel: 020 7978 8310