I don’t know about you but as someone who has always lived in the city I often find myself thinking that the grass would, quite literally, be greener if I had a more rural existence. Don’t get me wrong I love being in the heart of things and it’s important to be to be able to walk to most places but I do feel wistful sometimes. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a big garden with tonnes of room for club houses, ride on toys and a space for adults to relax?

One of the things I always think I’m missing out on is having place to do a little bit of gardening. Now I’m no Alan Titchmarsh but there are a few people with green thumbs in my family tree. When I was offered the chance to review a kit from Suttons Seeds I was really keen to get stuck in.

 

Suttons Seeds sell a wide variety of seeds, plants and grading equipment. What attract me to the company was that they have these really cool ‘crate collections’. These are basically big wooden planters made from crates that can be personalised with messages engraved on the side. With the crate you get a selection of plugs which are tiny little plants that Suttons Seeds have started growing for you. The good thing about choosing plugs rather than growing from seed is that you have a much higher chance of success!

 

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There are a lot of different options available on the website but I went for the 2 slat crate collection that came with 10 vegetable plugs and 10 flower plugs. The set has an RRP of £69.98 but is on offer for £30. You can’t currently purchase this set until May but you can have a look at all the other crates available here.

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The whole thing came well packaged and arrived in good condition despite travelling across the Irish Sea to get here. At first I was a little unsure as the instructions weren’t very detailed but I cracked on and planted the plugs anyway. My crate included 3 varieties of tomato, 2 different peppers, mixed lettuce, mini cucumbers and 3 varieties of poppy. I split the whole batch across 3 different planters – one of which was the lovely crate from Suttons.

 

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Despite the fact that we haven’t had a great summer so far my plants have done really well. I have a full on roof top garden going on now and we’ve been eating our own lettuce for a few weeks. It will take a little more time for the tomatoes and peppers to mature but I’m hoping they’ll be just as delicious as the lettuce is.

 

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Matt’s lovely salad with the rest of our crop in the background.

I’d really recommend that you think of Suttons Seeds wether you’re wanting to create a little urban garden or you have acres to fill. The site is easy to navigate and full of detailed info about the best times to plant things. They also seem to have special offers on all the time which is a big bonus in my book.