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Posted on May 08, 2016 by Potter & Rest

It’s British Sandwich Week this week (May 8-14) and we’re celebrating by helping promote the benefits of growing your own fillings whether its cress, cucumber, tomato or salad.

The sandwich takes its name from John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich and an 18th century aristocrat, so the snack has very British roots.

It is said that Montagu ordered his valet to bring him meat tucked between two pieces of bread, so others began to order ‘the same as Sandwich’ and it soon became shortened to just ‘sandwich’.

British Sandwich Week is organised by the British Sandwich Association, which was established in 1990 and aims to promote excellence and innovation in sandwich making and provide a source of information for the industry.

The Association also promotes the consumption of sandwiches, provides a collective voice for all those involved in making, distributing and retailing sandwiches and represents the views of the industry.

So if you’ve only got space for a few pots in a sheltered and sunny spot, there’s still time to grow some salad and you can even sow mustard and cress seeds on your kitchen windowsill.

Here are a few varieties we recommend sowing and growing for truly tasty sarnies this summer:

Salad Leaves – Herby Salad Leaf Mixed seeds

Add tastes and textures to your mixed salads, sandwiches and garnishes. Ideal in containers on the patio. Good source of provitamin A, vitamins C and K, and folate. Contents: Green lettuce, Mizuna, Salad Rocket, Greek Cress, Giant Red Mustard and Chicory Puntarelle.

Sow seeds March to September outdoors

Cress/Crescione comune seeds

An annual you can sow all year round on a protected windowsill and harvest about a month later. Perfect for egg and cress sandwiches.

If you purchase up to five packets of seeds only (any varieties), the P&P will be a total of £2 only. In order to qualify for this special P&P price you need to apply a code at the checkout, please click here for details and terms and conditions.

Tomato ‘Golden Crown’ plant

Golden Crown is an early cherry tomato with lovely sunshine yellow, round fruit. A very, sweet and tasty alternative to the red tomato and a perfect companion to it too. Plant into a growbag or container outside once the risk of frost has passed in a sunny position.

Cucumber Female F1 plant

This is an early maturing female plant, which produces sweet, tasty fruits all summer-long. It can be grown outdoors if well-protected.

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