Gifts for Mother’s Day!

March heralds the start of Spring but it also brings Mother’s Day! The time of year where we show our appreciation for the mothers and mums in our lives, so let us make sure we spoil them!

At Seed Pantry we want to offer you a more sustainable choice with the Gift of growing, instead of the standard bunch of flowers that wilts after a week. These flowers will last all summer and autumn and grow again next year! So why not ditch the bouquet and go for the wonderful, nature-inspired, Seed Pantry experience instead!

Seed Pantry Mother’s Day Gift Mixes

Mother’s Day – With Love Mix

Flowers for Mother’s day?…absolutely, but this year help her grow her own! We have created 2 extra special bumper boxes with a range of amazing flowers for a special Mother’s Day treat!

Mother’s Day – Love You Mix

These Seed Pantry curated boxes are filled with Dahlias, Gladioli, Begonias  and more! Beautifully put together to create the most amazing garden displays. Each one has a different range of flowers available. Cut flowers can last only a few days so why not get amazing displays that last all summer and autumn! We can even add a personalised gift note to your box. See more here:

Mother’s Day – With Love Mix: £18

Mother’s Day – Love You Mix: £30

Seed Pantry Monthly Gift Subscription

If your mum loves growing food and flowers the perfect gift alternative would also be our Grow Club Gift Subscription for £39 for 3 months. Monthly personalised discovery boxes delivered at the right time to grow each month.

Gift recipients will always be on top of what to do in their garden along with gaining knowledge and expertise as they go. Instead of just one gift for Mother’s Day, you can give one every month of the year!

Price: 3 months £39, 6 months for £78 and 12 months for £156

 

Enjoy giving!

Lots of love

The Seed Pantry team

Top 10 best herbs to start growing

At Seed Pantry we believe one of the best places to start growing your own food is with the flavour sensation of herbs and spices! They are easy to grow, care for, and produce lots of ingredients for cooking with.

Most herbs produce wonderful flowers too that bees and other pollinators absolutely love. This will help create your own eco-garden for pollinating your crops and for conservation purposes that help bees to survive.

There are many herbs to choose from,  so where do you start!?  Well, below we have put together our top 10 Seed Pantry favourites to grow, to eat!

Basil

Why we love it: Basil is such a great herb, it comes in many varieties and is most well know for cooking Italian food dishes. From classic Genovese basil to lemon basil and Thia Basil for an Asian cuisine twist. Basil plants are from the mint family and are used for adding sweet flavours to dishes and deserts!. Our favourite of which is Basil ‘Rubin’, which is a dark purple variety that is stunning but also delicious!

Health benefits: Basil is great for aiding with digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties too. It is also great for supporting liver function, studies have shown it helps boost neurotransmitters and aid hormones to fight depression!

Rosemary

Why we love it: Rosemary is such a tasty herb and it couldn’t be easier to grow! Get some seeds started and in no time you will have bushes of the stuff! The yield of the plant is one of the reasons it is so great. One plant can produce more than enough herbs for year round use. Add to Italian dishes and roasted potatoes, they are just superb!

Health benefits:  Rosemary is rich in antioxidants which helps boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. research has also shown that the aroma of rosemary can help with concentration as well as enhance memory and mood. Rosemary oil is also used to help prevent hair loss!

Thyme

Why we love it: Thyme is another sensational aromatic herb which lends itself to many forms of culinary use. Its unique flavour aids itself to all kinds of dishes, not to mention it is loaded with vitamin C and A!  Our Broadleaf Thyme even grows little pink flowers that bees love! It is perfect when mixed with garlic or lemon for roasted dishes.

Health benefits:  Thyme is packed full of Vitamin A and C. It also has Thymol, which is a compound that has been shown to fight infectious bacteria.

Parsley

Why we love it: This Mediterranean herb is a staple of stews and one pot dishes. Its mildly bitter taste actually helps balance other flavours. Because of this, it is excellent for creating sauces such as pesto and chimichurri! Our Parsley ‘Italian Giant’ as a slightly sweeter taste so makes for a perfect starting point!

Health benefits:  Parsley is very high in vitamin K which is important for bone health and for healing wounds. On top of this, parsley contains Lutein, beta carotene, and zeaxanthin which are carotenoids that help protect your eyes and aid eye health!

Coriander

Why we love it: Coriander is probably the most polarising herb out there, with many loving it and others hating it. We sit in the first camp, and cannot imagine ever making any Asian food dish without it! They are really quick and easy to grow too and the whole of the plant is edible. Our coriander ‘Confetti’ has very interesting unique foliage but with classic coriander taste! Finley chopped and sprinkling into a curry is just a dream!

Health benefits:   Coriander is good for diabetes as It can stimulate the insulin secretion and lower the blood sugar levels. On top of this, they are rich in antioxidants and as well as having skin health aiding qualities.

Lemon Grass

Why we love it:  The next herb on our list is a staple of Asian cuisine, However many do not know its uses in western dishes. its citrus lemon flavour lends itself to all kinds of dishes and deserts. It’s amazing with Thai curries and soups but also cooked with meats to give them a zesty flavour.  Lemon Grass can even be used to make delicious teas!

Health benefits:   Lemongrass has been shown to help relax the body and relieve anxiety with its aroma and taste. Digestion of lemongrass has been seen to decrease fungal diseases as well. Lemongrass tea has been shown to help alleviate the body from sensing pain!

Sage

Why we love it:  Another Mediterranean classic herb, with a slightly bitter taste but with citrusy notes as well. It is perfectly paired with rosemary, marjoram and thyme for stuffings but It can be used for so much more! It is amazing in French and Italian food dishes and complements garlic and lemon very well too!

Health benefits:   Studies have shown sage helps fight bacteria that creates dental plaque, making it useful for dental health. There have even been mouthwashes made from sage for this purpose! On top of this, they are absolutely filled with antioxidants, that help neutralize potentially harmful free radicals that are linked to chronic diseases.

Chives

Why we love it:  Chive leaves are just delicious when finely chopped and added to dishes. It pairs particularly well with potatoes and garlic. The taste is between onions, leeks and garlic making it easy to add to many styles of cuisine. Like most the herbs on this list, they require very low maintenance.

Health benefits:   Chives contains an abundance of Vitamin A,  which helps aid the immune system and reproduction. They also contain allicin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol as well as blood pressure to help blood flowing properly and thus protecting the heart!

Mint

Why we love it:  Probably the most well known of the herbs as it is used all over the world in what seems like every kind of food and drink! From cooked food, teas to ice cream, mint can be added to almost anything! Add to drinks to make an amazing cocktail or even baked into cakes.

Health benefits:  Mint contains the essential oil Menthol, which has been hailed as a great natural pain relief for colds, upset stomach and indigestion. Menthol is a natural aromatic decongestant that helps to break up phlegm and mucus, making it easier to remove from the body. on top of this, it is loaded with Vitamin A which aids the immune system.

Marjoram

Why we love it:  Finally we have Marjoram,  which has a sweet and floral taste. Often mixed up with oregano, however, it is its own unique herb with it’s own unique delicate taste. It is at its best when cooking with meats like pork, chicken and turkey.

Health benefits: This aromatic herb can help to aid digestion but also help with heartburn and indigestion. On top of this, marjoram is a great antiseptic and can help fight against common illnesses such as food poisoning, common cold and even malaria!

 

The fresher, the better with herbs! We have a whole range of different herbs you can grow today at Seed Pantry, so make sure to come and check them out!

Need a gift? – We also have our amazing Herb Seeds Starter Pack. This is packed full of all you’ll need to start growing your own delicious organic herbs at home in an eco-friendly way.

Seed Pantry Team.

Make the most of your Growing Space with Vertical Gardening!

Making the most of our growing spaces is a big part of gardening, so it’s no surprise that growing vertically is a new gardening trend for 2020.  This is perfect for smaller growing spaces like patios, balconies and even indoor gardens.

Growing vertically isn’t just a good way to make the most of your space, it can also be an easier and more fun way to manage your plants! So we have come up with a few ways you can start gardening vertically today!

Vertical Vegetable Gardens

A common misconception when growing vegetables is that they need to be grown in the ground with a lot of space. This isn’t the case however and a lot of vegetables can be grown in smaller spaces quite easily!

If you have not got enough space in your garden to grow in the ground, try growing vertically. There are a lot of ways to do this, such as wooden tray shelvings, pods and pots that can be attached to walls and many more. We have seen many people take the DIY approach also making vertical growing spaces out of wooden pallets and recyclable plastic bottles, so get creative!

Herbs, quick crops and leafy greens are great vegetables to use for this as they do not require that much soil and space to grow!

Indoor Herb Wall

Why not make the most of your indoor space too! Having homegrown herbs handy in the kitchen will make cooking fresher and much more convenient! if you don’t have space in the kitchen, try to grow some in another sunny room in your home.

By using windowsills and ledges around windows you can set up and grow plenty of plants! If you have a conservatory, you can move shelving towards the light and plant a whole row of herbs and food plants. If you don’t have enough light, you could use a hydroponic kit like our Grow Pod 2. Set one these on your kitchen window sill and you be growing all kinds of herbs, fruits and vegetables in no time at all!

You can grow all types of herbs indoors such as basil, coriander and parsley. We have a wide range of great herbs you can start growing indoors in the Grow Club this month, so have a look at those too!

Hanging Baskets Flower Displays

Hanging baskets are always a brilliant way to get more flowers into your growing space without using floor space! They are also a great way to make unique and beautiful displays.

With the use of hanging pots or containers, you can hang flowers from walls, balconies or fences in your growing space. Fill them with a dazzling array of colours and flowers and you will be able to create unique displays that sit above the rest of your growing space!

One of the best flowers to do this with are begonia and viola flowers, which both just love to cascade down from baskets creating gorgeous and intriguing displays!

We have a great range of Begonia flowers in the Grow Club this month, so come have a look and plan your hanging basket displays now!

 

Seed Pantry Team

 

How to Chit and Grow Potatoes in containers

A good spud, nothing quite beats it, a staple food appearing on dinner plates across the land! We can’t wait to grow potatoes this year! Luckily they are in the Grow Club this month! But how do you get them started?!

We have put together this guide to help you to grow your own potatoes!

What is Chitting I hear you say!? First of all, once you have bought your seed potatoes (it’s best to buy them so you know what you are growing and that they are disease-free)  you can start chitting them on your window sills. Chitting is the process of getting your seed potatoes to sprout before planting them. While it is not absolutely necessary to grow your potatoes, it does help them develop quicker once planted, it will speed up the sprouting process by giving them plenty of light and warmth resulting in an earlier and slightly better harvest.

1)  To start chitting your potatoes, we recommend putting them into egg boxes with the rose end facing upwards.

Place the egg box onto a windowsill indoors where they will get plenty of light and also are kept warm and dry.

2)  Wait till the potatoes start to grow green shoots while hopefully the weather gets warmer and the frosts come to an end.  After this, you will be able to start planting the potatoes.

3)  Now we can plant the potatoes!  Spread 15cm of potting compost to the bottom of a container. Evenly space 3 or 4 (max) seed potatoes with their green shoots facing upwards. After this, cover the seed potatoes with another 15cm layer of compost.

4) When the foliage shows through the compost, allow it to grow to around 20cm high, then cover with another 15cm of compost leaving 5cm showing. (Repeat until the container is full.)

5) Potatoes in bags and containers require plenty of water particularly during dry weather so make sure to keep the soil moist and water regularly.  You can add a general liquid feed once a week to boost production.

Time to harvest

From June you can begin to harvest your tasty potatoes. A good way to see that your potatoes are ready to harvest is to look out for signs from the foliage. For the early crops,  wait until flowers grow and then drop off before harvesting. For main crops, wait until the foliage starts to yellow. Once this happens, cut the foliage back and wait a few more days before harvesting.

Seed Potatoes planted during March/April.

  • 1st early crops take 10-14 weeks – harvest from June onwards.
  • 2nd early crops take 14-16 weeks – harvest from late June onwards.
  • Main crop take 16-22 weeks – harvest from July to October.
  • Salads potatoes treat as 2nd early types.

We have a range of quality seed potatoes at Seed Pantry, so come check them out and get some spuds growing at your home too!

Enjoy 🙂

Seed Pantry Team

Neil: What’s going on in my garden? (January, 2020)

Winter appears as the season where the garden is bare, dead even! however, under the surface, everything is slowly coming alive! Over the last week, it feels like Spring is right around the corner! 🌱

We are in the South so maybe we are further on down here? We have snowdrops and cyclamens in flower with crocus just about to flower too, given a bit of sunshine!

From the planting I have been doing in Autumn we also have narcissus and the green shoots of allium flowers popping up too!

#Spring is coming 😀

Neil

Seed Pantry Team