COVID 19 STATEMENT
Our Garden Centre Is Now Open

Social distancing measures are in place and our priority is to ensure the safety of customers and staff alike, and therefore you will notice some changes on your next visit including:
• Limited numbers of customers in the centre at any time with queuing 2m apart to entre.
• A sanitiser station is located at the entrance for customer use.
• 2m Social distancing markers will be seen throughout the centre.
• Our Cafe and toilets will remain closed.
• We have a newly located Farm shop In the Cafe which will be open.
• We are only able to accept card payments. No cash or gift cards please.
• We will not be allowing family groups to enter, only one parent with children and no dogs except for service dogs will be permitted to enter.
• Under government guidelines, we unfortunately will not be able to offer assistance to customers in our usual way so please be aware that we may not be able to load your car with heavy items during this period of social distancing.

Please respect staff and fellow customers and maintain a safe distance when shopping.
We appreciate that under normal circumstances our Garden Centre is a leisurely place to shop and browse. In this initial stage of opening please do think about your fellow customers and the length of the queue to help us to give everyone an opportunity to shop.

Sussex Country Gardener Online Shop
Our Online Shop will also continue to be available for ordering top-quality plants, garden furniture and garden sundries online for delivery to your home. Visit Our Online Shop.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding, we look forward to seeing you safely soon.
Our opening times: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm / Sunday 10am-4.30pm

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We have a large selection of items available to buy online.
Click on the boxes below to order online:

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Plants & Flowers

Onions and Shallots from Sets

Onion sets are immature bulbs which have been specially grown for planting.

Onion sets are quick maturing and are less prone to attack by onion fly or mildew than seeds.

Less skill and soil fertility is needed in growing them.

Onion sets are heat treated to kill the flower embryo to prevent bolting. Shallots are virus free stock.

Planting

All onions require good soil and free drainage.

Dig over bed and incorporate compost and lime if needed.

Firm the surface and rake in a general fertilizer, such as Growmore at the prescribed rate.

Before planting, open the packet and spread out sets in a cool, well lit place to prevent too much sprouting.

Plant Onion sets 4" apart in March to mid-April in rows 9" apart. Shallots can be planted 6" apart and earlier (February to March). The tip of the set should be just showing above the soil level.

Care

Protect from birds.
Keep weeds down by hoeing.
Push back any sets that have been lifted by frost or birds.

Harvesting

Shallots can be lifted and dried in July, they will keep about 8 months.

The Onion sets can be lifted between July and September. Dry those not for immediate use and store in a dry, cool place. They will keep until late Spring.

Varieties - Onion

Sturon - An excellent modern variety which is highly bolt resistant.

Stuttgarter Giant - Very commo variety with a mild flavour and excellent for keeping.

Turbo - New heavy cropping variety and excellent for keeping.

Snowball - A white variety with a full mild flavour and excellent for keeping.

Red Baron - An excellent, very dark coloured variety. Best planted late.

Varieties - Shallot

Golden Gourmet - A mild tasting variety excellent for pickling. Can be planted very early.

Red Sun - A mild shallot perfect for salads. Excellent for keeping.