5 Of The Best Growing Kits: Start Easy Gardening At Home
It’s time to garden for health and happiness.
From mushrooms to herbs, these growing kits will inspire you to grow all sorts of things at home.
Growing kits are a great way to start gardening, or try gardening something new completely.
The easy to use, grow kits in this article are all unique, providing their own characteristics that make them stand out.
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5 Of The Best Growing Kits: Start Gardening At Home
1. Bottle Farm: Best for repurposing
Bottle Farm gives customers a chance to transform their plastic waste into a farm.
With one million plastic bottles sold every minute, there is an overwhelming amount of plastic waste that can be upcycled.
Using hydroponics technology, Bottle Farm created their own Plant Fuel which is then dissolved into water, providing your plants with all the necessary nutrients.
Innately lightweight and space efficient, bottles can easily be attached to windows creating a beautiful garden - without the garden.
Growing mainly herbs, Bottle Farm offers seeds and kits for growing tomatoes, basil, rocket, coriander, parsley, chives, lettuce and chillies!
For more on how herbs need decent soil health, read FFS: The Importance Of Soil Health On Food And Flavour
Offering beginners' grow kits to help transform disused bottles, refills, seeds and other accessories, it's never been so easy to grow produce at home. The kit itself is made from 95% recycled material.
Bottle Farm is a supporter of Carbonfund.org, with their projects focusing on energy efficiency, forestry and renewable energy. The various decarbonisation projects allow them to offset their carbon footprint.
Pros: Innovative way to encourage upcycling/recycling | space efficient | carbon neutral | actively invested in eco projects
Cons: Only eight varieties of seeds | Unsure whether can use non-Bottle Farm seeds
From £4.99 see Bottle Farm
2. Seed n Sow: Best for vegetables and house plants
Seed n Sow provide organic seeds and home grow kits that are easy to get growing.
Providing just seeds themselves, or fully equipped kits, growing plants from home has never been easier.
Seed n Sow offers house plant and flower seeds, as well as produce like herbs and vegetables.
They also offer unique kits, like Make Your Own Macramé Hanger Seed Kit adding a layer of creativity to growing projects.
They also offer subscription boxes where you can grow seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Within the seed kits, there are 100% biodegradable fibre seed trays and pots, alongside the option to choose organic peat-free compost.
There are, in total, 49 different seeds customers can buy, all of which are packaged in biodegradable pouches. Each variety also comes with instructions for the plant care.
Seed n Sow are proudly partnered with Pachama, a reforestation project, and make donations for each delivery to offset any carbon created.
Seed n Sow gives customers the opportunity to bring nature into the home, in an accessible and eco-friendly way.
Pros: All packaging is compostable/recyclable/biodegradable | eco-friendly | organic seeds | handmade products | donates to reforestation projects
Cons: No donations for social impact
From £2.55, see Seed n Sow.
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3. Fat Fox Mushrooms: Best for growing mushrooms
Fat Fox Mushrooms passionately share their love for fungi through an array of growing kits, courses, medicinal supplements and mushroom inspired artwork.
Every aspect, from growing to packaging, is carried out by the Fat Fox Mushrooms' team in London. Originally selling from a stall, they now proudly offer a range of products to all of the UK.
They also offer a range of workshops on cultivating mushrooms throughout the year, including a future planned expert level workshop online.
Fat Fox Mushrooms offer five varieties of mushrooms in their home grow kits, and all helpfully described with their flavour and texture profiles, difficulty to grow, and health benefits.
They also share the conditions that the mushrooms need to grow and lots of info on the appropriate equipment that is included in the kits.
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All of the mushrooms also come with natural, vegan substrates and are packaged in cardboard.
These unique mushroom growing kit makes for an excellent introduction into the fungi kingdom, and with a harvest guarantee with each box, it's guaranteed to succeed.
For more things mushroom check out: 5 of the Best Mushroom Products
Pros: Innovative | harvest guarantee | offers workshops | vegan and natural substrate
Cons: No mention of charity work/donations
From £1.50, see Fat Fox Mushrooms
4. The Stem: Best for herbs for beginners
While also offering herb and vegetable growing kits, what makes The Stem so unique is their Hydro Herb Kit.
Handcrafted from recycled glass wine bottles, the hydro-herb kit presents an innovative way to grow herbs.
With a choice of five herbs, the hydro-herb kit presents an easy method to growing herbs.
All that’s needed is plenty of sunlight and fresh water.
The Stem are a part of 1% For The Planet (like pebble), meaning 1% of all sales go to environmental non-profits and charities.
Likewise, The Stem has an ongoing partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects, meaning that for every order made a tree is planted (and this is why it's important: 9 Ways You Can Plant More Trees This Year)
Pros: Innovative | recycled | eco-friendly initiatives
Cons: No refills | unsure if any seeds can be grown in these | unknown growing medium
From £20.00, see The Stem
5. Sow Clever: Best for growing herbs for tea
Sow Clever provides a multitude of growing kits, many based on region, flavours, seasons or variety.
They offer a unique Garden Teas growing kit which grows 30 plants.
The seeds included are wild chamomile, mint, lemon-balm and lavender.
Fancy a cup of tea? Check out 5 Of The Best Eco-Friendly Teas For A Better Brew
The herbs and tea growing kit also comes with peat-free compost discs, 100% biodegradable wood fibre tray and a plant care and growing guide.
The growing kit is made with the sentiment that everyone should be able to have the opportunity to grow produce, so it’s great for beginners.
A champion in the field, Sow Clever donates 10% of net profits to the mental health charity Mind.
Whether it be the herbal tea growing kit, or one of their many others, the earth and people are put first.
Pros: Donates to charity | sustainable packaging | a wide variety of choices
Cons: Only large herbal tea growing kit available | no eco-friendly charity contributions
For £19.99, see Sow Clever
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