Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Seed Pantry Review

A few years ago I decided to start growing my own fruit and vegetables as I wanted to be a bit more self sufficient and show my children that fruit and vegetables don't just come from the supermarket.  As my garden is my children's own personal playground I had to grow everything in containers but it worked out really well and we enjoyed some lovely potatoes, carrots and strawberries through the summer.  I fully intended to continue with it but the arrival of my third child disrupted my routine so I ended up abandoning my kitchen garden for a couple of years.

I'd decided that this year I was going to start again as my boys are older and able to help me, so when I was contacted to ask if I'd be interested in reviewing an item from Seed Pantry I jumped at the chance.

I chose to review the Children's The Me Seeds Starter Kit as I thought it would be a fun way for the children to start getting used to planting seeds and I knew that they would love having some of their very own.

The kit arrived quickly and I was very excited to open it and find out what we would be planting.  Inside I found pumpkin, sweetcorn, cress and sunflower seeds, along with coir pots, compost discs, wooden markers, instructions and an advice booklet.  Everything I needed to get started straight away.

We started with the pumpkin and sweetcorn seeds as according to the advice booklet, these are best started in the coir pots.  I soaked the compost discs and the boys were fascinated to see them grow.  We squeezed them into the coir pots and then I gave the boys the seeds to plant.  They did find it a bit difficult to push the seeds into the compost so I helped them out with this.  They then got to work writing the name of the plant and their own name on the wooden markers.

When they were all done we popped them into an egg carton and put them on the kitchen windowsill as they need to be started off indoors.

Next, the boys wanted to plant their sunflower seeds.  We got some big pots and the boys filled them with compost which they loved as they got very dirty!  It took them a while but they enjoyed doing it.  I gave them three sunflower seeds each to put in their pots and then they covered them over with more compost and gave them some water.

They are already arguing about who is going to grow the tallest sunflower.

We're leaving the cress for another day as the boys had been hard at work for some time.  They looked like true gardeners with their black hands.

I thought the kit was great as there were plenty of seeds for all of my boys (my youngest didn't get involved as he was ill so we'll be planting his later in the week).  The boys are excited to water their plants and wait for the first little shoots.  What is also great is that some of the seeds grow really quickly so the children haven't got to wait for too long.  I'll probably start with planting some cress with my youngest boy as he'll be amazed to see it grow really quickly.

The kit is good value for money and I think it would make a lovely gift for a child of any age.

All this planting has made me think about getting my own started so I ordered all my seeds and plants this week.  There'll be a lot more planting going on next weekend.

I'll keep you updated with how the plants are doing so look out for my next post.

Is anyone else growing their own this year?