5 best 'grow your own' gardening kits
We are not all green fingered gardeners who can take a seed and make a meal, so here are five of the easiest ways to grow your own veg
There was a time when the world was our oyster. Now, the boundaries of our home are our oyster and we find ourself trying to make the most of any entertainment available within it. For some of us, that means gardening.
You, like me, may not actually have a garden. You might never have grown a plant in your life or you might have managed to kill every plant that has ever relied on you. Fear not, if you fit into any of these categories, there is a kit available that will get you producing veg like Alan Titchmarsh.
Plant Theatre's Funky Veg kit
This is the ideal place to start if you've never done this sort of thing before, but it's also great for keeping people interested. The veg you'll be growing is fabulously funky. The kit comes with carrot seeds, courgette seeds, tomato seeds and Brussels sprouts. So far so normal, but the carrots are purple, the courgettes are yellow... nothing is as you expect – except the taste. That also makes these kits great for getting little ones involved in gardening. Everything you need to get the seeds on the go in the house and then out into the garden is in the kit and it's available for just £14.99.
Ready to grow white mushrooms
Merryhill Mushrooms do a variety of different kinds of mushroom, depending on what you're after, but we have selected white mushrooms for their mild taste and versatility. They go with everything and are a really good meat substitute – or accompaniment!
With this kit, growing them could not be simpler. The soil is spawned and ready to go, remove the lid, spray twice a day and you're off. They don't even need light!
AvoSeedo grow your own avocado kit
Did someone say keto? You might be on a keto diet, you might be hipster beyond belief or, like me, you might just really like avocados. Either way, you can now grow your own with far less fuss than ever before.
Traditionally, growing avocado involved faffing about with drills and toothpicks and cancelling all your plans to make sure the water levels were right. No more! With so it's always in contact. It even comes with a really cool clear pot so you can watch it do its thing!
Red hot chilli grow kit
Do you love a bit of heat in your food? I don't, but if you're anything like my partner, you'll not only like heat but you'll want to challenge yourself! This kit is perfect for that, with everything you need to grow five varieties of chilli peppers. A little display box, if you want it, growing pots, peat discs, instructions, and the all important seeds. You'll have Anaheim, jalapeno, cayenne, habanero and naga jolokia peppers in no time at all, all for just £10.99.
Cherry tomato jute bag grow set
Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables to eat but also to grow. Part of that popularity is the ease with which you can keep them. This kit, from BeeCycle, provides you with everything you need to keep you and your family stocked up on tomatoes. It's also a really cute little set up so it can sit on your window sill without causing any grief. At just £6.99, it would make a great little gift.