Grow Kits – Top 10 Ready-To-Grow Kits For Plants And Seeds

Whether you aspire to pretty and productive window boxes and containers, beautiful borders, or a full blown veg patch, it’s never been easier to start growing. There are ready-made grow kits available to order online and subscription growing services that will guide you through the seasons, sending you the right plants or seeds for the right place and at the right time.

You can find curated plant collections that pick what’s in bloom, or seeds for planting now, plus expert advice to guide you and help you get the best results. There are services for beginners and experts, for low maintenance gardeners, or those who like a challenge and want to try something new. Or services that cater for city gardeners who don’t have access to a garden center or the space to store compost and other bulky gardening kit.

With options for every type of growing space from balconies and windowsills to small gardens and allotments, here are 10 of the best grow kits.

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Muddy Trowel

What you get:

Nicely curated plant collections that change with the seasons to suit different color schemes, light and soil conditions, and available space.

• Good plant descriptions and options to buy individual plants or a themed collection, or the full plant, pot and compost combination.

• Plants are chosen for reliability, containers are made from recycled materials or terracotta, and come with plant information postcards and tips.

• Email instructions and monthly plant care tips are also sent out upon registration, plus there are online plant clinics every week.

Good for: Smaller space gardeners, beginners, or as a gift to a more experienced gardener.

Star product: The window boxes come with a ready-made hanging frame and brackets are included.

Value for money? It’s £60 for the autumn collection of seven plants, including the pot and compost – it would be hard to find this much cheaper at a garden centre. Most plants are hardy perennials which will come back year after year, so they are a long-term investment.

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The Pot Gang

What you get:

A flexible veg growers subscription service for a seasonal delivery of three types of seeds, with all the compost, pots, and plant food needed.

• Really clear instructions to teach you how to grow your own vegetables in containers. Every veg has its own cartoon character to make it light-hearted and fun, but the advice is really sound.

• Every season you get a new set of seeds to try. Packaging is environmentally friendly, and the plastic pots are reusable.

Good for: Novices and family gardening. Great to get kids involved with fun stickers and cards.

Star product: Membership of the Pot Gang with access to free advice via the Potline – DM and Whatsapp – where you can share your growing conundrums and they’ll help you solve the problem.

Value for money? At £20.99 it might not be the cheapest way to grow from seed, but if you’re starting out, and you’ve only got limited space, it’s a fun and friendly way to have a go; if you follow the instructions, you’ll make your money back with your homegrown produce.

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Window Fleur

What you get:

A window box in a choice of three colors – terracotta, gray or white, a collection of plants to suit the season, installation instructions, plant care tips and a spanner!

• Plants arrive ready planted into a recyclable trough that slots neatly into the window box. This gets replaced with a new collection of plants every season. Simply remove the old trough and drop it in your new biodegradable container filled with fresh plants.

• A great no mess, no fuss idea. No storage issues for leftover compost, plant pots, trowels etc. Online advice is available via email or Instagram DM.

Good for: No-garden gardeners looking to pretty up an empty windowsill or balcony with the least amount of trouble.

Star product: The window boxes have a clever extendable fixing system to secure the containers.

Value for money – At £80 it’s a bit of an investment, but this is an innovative service that takes all the work and hassle out of window box gardening.

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The Stem

What you get:

An online city garden center great for balcony and patio growers, with a choice of individual indoor and outdoor plants and pots, plus compost and growing support.

• Also caters for food growers with a mini grow-your-own veg kit including seeds and coir pots, and micro herb growing kits.

Good for: Londoners as it’s limited to London delivery. The GYO are neat if you have limited space or only indoors, but they make great gifts too.

Star product: The mini hydroponic herb-growing kits make great presents for desktop or windowsill growers.

Value for money: Not as cheap as buying a packet of seeds, but it’s a neat offer at £20 for the full growing kit.

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5

Silly Greens

What you get:

• A subscription for a live box of three herbs or veg, delivered through your letterbox, each week. The greens grow directly out of the box, indoors and are ready to eat within a week. Simply tear off the lid and put it on your windowsill, then snip the super nutritious greens as you need, to accompany your dinner.

• The lightweight grow box fits through the letterbox, with seeds in a natural seaweed jelly that gives them a good start and minimizes watering.

• Every part of the box is recyclable. The first box comes with a little booklet of tips and tricks, and ideas to take growing a step further.

Good for: Health nuts and beginners and no-space, no-time gardeners.

Star product: Nutritious, less common veg crops that you won’t see in the shops, such as Micro Radish, Pea shoots and Garlic Chives, but each week there is a surprise set of three from a selection of over 20 greens.

Value for money: £5 per box including postage, and with boxes yielding 40 – 100 grams depending on what’s growing, this compares well with shop-bought microgreens.

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The Seed Pantry

What you get:

• The Grow Club subscription box is a monthly box of seeds, bulbs and bare root plants that are delivered at the right time to plant, with options to suit larger and smaller plots.

• There’s also a range of seed kits with everything you need to get started, from pots and compost to dibbers.

• For winter growing, the Chilli Starter Pack looks great, with three varieties and a mini propagator, biodegradable pots, mini compost disks and seedling markers.

Good for: Small to larger space veg growers but also options for no-space growers to help you grow in your kitchen or on your desk.

Star product: The Seed Pantry Grow Pod 2 with LED grow light is a smart hydroponic system for growing herbs, salads and vegetables quickly and in darker spaces. It comes with an optional ‘get started’ grow pack.

Value for money: £38 gets you a full starter set to get growing veg from seed.

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Gardening Boxes

What you get:

• An expert subscription service for borders or pots. Choose by soil type, amount of sun, pet friendly options and each month you’ll receive a collection of garden-ready perennials or shrubs tailored to your plot or container. Over the course of a year this should fill approximately a 3 x 3 meter space..

• The ContainerBox suits a 45cm diameter container and is delivered three times a year, while the GardeningBox is a monthly mix of in-season perennials and shrubs.

• Growing guides come with the plants and there’s a monthly video on the website for more details.

Good for: Gardeners learning the ropes, with space to fill or looking for a garden-ready makeover.

Star product: The ContainerBox is great for keeping patio containers or window boxes looking fresh and seasonal all year round. It includes a mix of bedding annuals and a centerpiece plant for instant impact.

Value for money: £35-£37 including 24hr delivery. A bit pricier than the garden center, but you get free delivery, plus you’re guaranteed to get the right plant for the right place.

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Propagation Place

What you get:

The Garden In a Box is a pack of plants with everything you need to make sure you’ve got a steady supply of greens and salads right through the season. For example, the Autumn Garden In a Box will contain 40-60 plants (some multi-sown and some larger plants). It’s all raised on Bristol’s St Werburghs City Farm.

Good for: New veg growers with a bit of space or raised beds, but not enough time or space to grow from seed. The space required to grow these is approximately 10m2.

Star product: The Edible Flower collection that looks good enough to eat!

Value for money: At £29.99 the Small Garden in a box is a good value option.

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9

Lazy Flora

What you get:

A box of beautiful, quality, good sized plants, delivered directly to your door, at the interval of your choice, with guides to help identify and grow them.

• There’s a 30-day guarantee on the plants and free delivery within the UK mainland. You can sign up for regular deliveries but have the option to cancel at any time.

• There are options to suit all gardeners, whether you like flowers or fruit and vegetables, plus indoors too. You can buy terrarium kits and individual plants as well.

Good for: New and time-short gardeners as it’s all ready to grow.

Star product: DIY terrarium kits with step-by-step instructions.

Value for money: £40 gets you a box of plants to suit the season you order in, or for £45 you can order monthly.

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Rocket Gardens

What you get:

Early to the mail order kit party, this is a well-established operation and offers options for smaller, larger and allotment size veg patches, available as curated collections according to the season, or as individual plants. So, if the collection doesn’t have your favorite greens, you can add them on.

• The kit arrives as small plug plants ready to plant out and the quality is excellent.

Good for: Wannabe veg growers, first time allotmenteers, or busy gardeners who don’t have space and time for sowing veg from seed and want a head start.

Star product: options for family and school gardens.

Value for money: £31.99 for the Autumn Quick Growing Salad Collection you get 140 plants that will keep you green for the winter.

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