Seedbed Roll

Green fingers? No, polytunnels

Seedbed Roll

Green fingers? No, polytunnels

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english salad

Enjoy some homegrown salad!

If you’ve tried growing your own salad leaves you’ll know it’s not as simple as Alan Titchmarsh and co would have you believe – unless of course you enjoy scoffing puny, slimy foliage riddled with holes and bugs. That’s why we’ve been digging around for an idiot-proof growing system with a suitably scientific twist. And by the power of Dimmock’s doodahs, we’ve found one.

Developed for commercial growers, the revolutionary Seedbed Roll is now available for all you backyard veg-fans. But what is it, we hear you yell as you race to don your wellies. Basically it’s a seed-laden grow mat and polytunnel, scientifically developed to conserve water and produce chemical, bug and disease-free veg. Mmm…home-grown pak choi.

Laying the Seedbed Roll Seeds germinating Leaves growing strongly Harvesting

Lay the seedbed roll on watered flat soil. Cover edges to prevent lifting by the wind.

Seeds germinate and roots anchor the seedbed roll. Leaves start to lift the plastic film.

Leaves grow strongly in a protected micro environment as perforations in the film expand to form a tunnel.

The compostable film can be rolled back at or before harvest.

Seedbed Roll close up

Seed-impregnated roll

All you do is lay the seed-impregnated roll on watered soil and cover the edges. Keep it moist and before you can say ‘Lettuce Catalogna Cerbitta’ (well maybe a bit longer) the seeds germinate and the roots anchor the roll. As the leaves grow they begin to gradually push the transparent polytunnel up, creating a protective environment. When your lettuce is fully grown, simply roll back the compostable film and crack out the salad cream.

Mediterranean Salad Oriental Salad Summer Salad

Mediterranean Salad

Oriental Salad

Summer Salad

Thanks to the Seedbed Roll’s protective micro-environment there’s no need to weed or transplant your crop. In fact the only thing you need to worry about is what type of dressing to choose. Oh yes, and how to convince the neighbours that your backyard growing system is for lettuce.

Down on the Firebox allotment we’ve successfully grown all three Seedbed Rolls (Oriental Leaves, English Summer Salad and Mediterranean Salad) and we can honestly say the leaves they produce are tastier than anything else you’ll find in the supermarket. Except doughnuts.

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  • No pests
  • No disease
  • No weeding
  • No chemicals
  • No transplanting
  • Easy germination
  • Less water
  • Fast growing
  • Seedbed Roll size: 4ft x 1.4ft

Customer Reviews

Just bought one of each and was talking to my wife she told me that we need to plant these with I a few months, but I would like to know can they be kept for up to a year before planting???
George SC - 23rd April 2012
Firebox says: Hi, They should be fine for a while, just store them as you would any other seeds
These worked brilliantly this summer and lasted for ages. So lovely to be able to pick a handful for your lunchtime sarnie or to use as a basis for a bigger salad.
Jill - 16th December 2011
Firebox says: Very glad to hear it was a success Jill!
Does it say what time of year this has to be planted by?
Siobhan - 11th June 2011
Firebox says: As they are seasonal Siobhan, each style will vary.
Can the seedbed Roll be cut in to smaller sections to be put in pots, or would this affect how it works?
Katie - 10th March 2011
Firebox says: Yes, the roll can be cut to size so this should still work fine for you.
Is there any chance you could tell us what each of the packs contain as my wife would love this but I want to get the one most suited to what she likes.
Neil - 10th December 2010
Firebox says: Mediterranean Salad - Chickory Italiko Rosso, Rocket Dentellata, Lettuce Catalogna Cerbiatta, Amaranth. Oriental Salad - Mustard Red Frills, Mustard Green Frills, Mizuna, Tatsoi, Pak Choi. Summer Salad - Lettuce Red Batavia, Lettuce Green Batavia, Tango Lettuce, Cos Lettuce.
Absolutely amazing. Just stick it in soil, weigh it down and wait ! A month later you will have a gorgeous Salad (The Red leaves and the rocket taste fantastic!) Also a great way to get kids into gardening, just tell them they can eat it when its grown ! Best way ever to get kids eating salad :-D.
Peter Franklin - 19th June 2010