Firstly I need to start this blog post with a BIG apology to Rocket Gardens. I should have written this a long time ago but I have had the absolute craziest summer. Anyhow, I am here now, better late than never huh!
Back in the Spring a company called Rocket Gardens got in touch to see if I wanted to try out own of their vegetable gardens. As I like to grow-my-own I thought I’d give them a whirl. Rocket Gardens, based in West Cornwall, are suppliers of “instant gardens”. Their farm is where they take the orders, grow the plants, pack your plants and send them off to you. The company was started by Mike Kitchen in 2005 who has used his farming know-how and passion for plants to make growing your own veggies that little bit more accessible. I was really interested in this concept so gladly accepted the delivery of a Small Vegetable Garden.
Rocket Gardens are seasonal and there is always a variety to choose from. Right now if you look you’ll be able to view the Autumn/Winter range. What you get is a box full to the brim (literally!) of baby organic vegetable and herb plants, packed carefully in straw and delivered right to you door. I was a little concerned about this as I wasn’t sure how it would work. Would they be squished? broken? thirsty? No is the answer to all of those questions.
They were packed incredibly well, in fact it took me ages to get them all out of the packaging and they weren’t dried out or squished at all. You DO have to be ready to plant though, however you get fair warning of when it’s going to arrive so you can make sure you are ready. Once they arrive it’s simply a case of transferring the plants to the greenhouse, pots or beds.
My Small Vegetable Garden contained rocket, mixed lettuce, dwarf french green beans, runner beans, beetroot, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, courgettes, seed potatoes, giant red mustard, carrots, tomatoes and peas.
It was a LOT of plants and I won’t lie, it was a massive effort to motivate myself into planting them all in one fair swoop when I’d been at work all day, but needs must and with a little help from my mother-in-law and husband we got the job done in an hour or two.
The good thing is there really is no gardening experience necessary so it’s a really good starting point for someone who is perhaps just starting out with growing their own.
I have to say I was won over by the Rocket Gardens concept. Growing from seed can be a lot of effort and sometimes it doesn’t always work out. By letting Rocket Gardens do the hard work of growing and nurturing these little seeds into baby plants, there’s little risk of failure – unless you’re a completely neglectful gardener that is!
My garden was sent in the form of a gift voucher. This is an AMAZING gift idea.
A little package arrives in the post, detailing the present, what you get and how to redeem, meaning the recipient can order when they are ready (bearing in mind delivery seasons). There are several gift options available, including one for children which is a fab idea, and I ‘m thinking of buying this for a Christmas present for my mother-in-law.
I think the Rocket Gardens are a fab idea but not only are they a fab idea they’re also great quality. Nothing failed and we were provided with tasty veg throughout the summer months. I’d wholeheartedly recommend them as a gift idea or even just a treat for yourself!
Visit the Rocket Gardens website to find out more!