Our range of beginners garden kits include a selection of compact patio planters to get you started as well as larger raised bed kits if you'd like something more substantial.
We are the experts on raised bed starter kits and supply all the equipment you need while also providing free backup with our unique 'Growmatic' web tool and our Square Foot Gardening System. Our kits include easy to grow vegetable plants and seeds for beginners to make sure you get it right first time.
Small beginnings are best when starting your own vegetable garden. You will be surprised what your can produce in a relatively small space while dealing with a large vegetable garden can become overwhelming if you have limited time to look after it. We also recommend starting with simple crops that don't suffer from many pests and diseases like salad crops, spring onions and beetroot so you can get a win under your belt first time around. Our vegetable growing kits range from simple single herb and salad planters to more substantial raised beds kits for growing a broader range of crops.
Remember you don't need a large space to start a vegetable garden. Most crops are happy growing in containers just like houseplants and if the correct compost and feed are used will yield just as well as plants grown in a large traditional vegetable garden. Herbs and salad can be grown in standard house plant pots while larger planters can be used to grow potatoes, carrots, pumpkins or courgettes.
How to Start a Vegetable Garden - The Secret is in the Soil
The secret to vegetable growing is in the soil; a healthy, well fed soil produces strong plants which are able to withstand attack from pests or disease and produce the tastiest harvests. Let us advise you on the best mix to fill your containers to make sure you get off to a flying start. Vegetables grown in containers are better grown in a compost mix as soil will dry out too quickly but remember ordinary multi-purpose will only feed you plants for 3-4 weeks. We recommend using a rich mix of wormcast and composted green and fish waste (don't worry, no smell!) for the most luscious plants that will continue to thrive all season.
For larger raised beds we recommend our soil and compost mix topped off with our 'Sea-Feed' soil improver. We also stock a range of natural plant feeds and soil improver products should your plants need a boost at any stage in the growing season.
Raised Bed Beginners Kits
We are the raised vegetable bed experts. We grow all year round in raised beds ourselves and have perfected a range of beds to suit any growing conditions. We always recommend raised beds if you want to start growing your own vegetables as they are so much easier to look after than traditional vegetable beds. Raised beds offer the beginner vegetable gardener an easy height to work on, a tidy space, less weeding and a higher yield per square foot plus the versatility to position on a grass or hard surface area.
All out raised bed kits are pressure treated with a vegetable safe wood preservative so will give many years of growing pleasure while still looking great.
Our Square Foot Gardening System
Starting a raised bed vegetable garden can be daunting especially when working out how many plans of each variety you can fit in your planters. Some crops take up a lot more room than others with confusing information on space needed between plants and between rows. We have taken care of the tricky stuff by introducing our version of the Square Foot Gardening System with plans and ready to plant seedling packs to fit our range of raised vegetable beds.
Our Square Foot System uses slightly wider spacing than the original to give you better fed and larger crops. Your beds are divided up into square foot sections with a fixed amount of each plant planted in each square. Very large or heavy feeding plants may take up multiple squares to allow them room to grow and give you the harvest you are expecting.
We provide a database of Square Foot Garden plans which are free to use and give you a great starting point for your new beginners kitchen garden. We are also working on a new SFG garden web tool to allow you to make up your own vegetable garden plans with plant selections tailor made to your taste.
Seedling Plug Plants - The Complete Vegetable Growing Kit
Starting a vegetable garden can seem overwhelming, especially if you are learning to sow your own seeds where temperature, compost and sowing depths are important. We cut out the complicated part by supplying 4 week old baby vegetable plants in a broad range of varieties. Our vegetable plug plants arrive hardened off (used to outside temperatures) and are ready to pop straight into the ground. Our plants can be picked by the row using our unique 'Choose Your Own' plant picker tool; browse our full seedling range while reading information on each plant, it's the ultimate beginners plant shop!