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Though fresh fruit and vegetables seem to be returning to supermarket aisles after feeling in scarce supply across the country, it hasn’t stopped more people than ever turn to growing their own.
We might think of a vegetable patch as a sprawling piece of land, stretched out across an allotment or country house, but in fact, you only need a small amount of space to grow a selection of harvestable crops.
And, even though we can now get hold of carrots and blueberries again, having your very own stock just outside your back door saves you both money and a trip outside (which means you can save your daily outing for a long, leisurely park walk).
However, if you’ve never tried your hand at fruit and veg growing before, the task of doing so can feel a little daunting, which is why we’re a big fan of starter kits.
These straight-forward kits provide you with everything you need to grow your own fruit and veg (except water), so that you can taste the fruits of your labour as quickly as possible.
Oh, and we haven’t forgotten about those city-dwellers who don’t have any outdoor space to speak of at the moment.
We’ve also found this Seed Pantry Grow Pod Two With Grow Pack so that you can nurture seedlings from inside the comfort of your own living room.
5 grow-your-own fruit and veg kits
1. Grow Your Own Mexican Chef's Garden Kit | £7 from Debenhams
Though we can’t currently travel to South America, we can bring a little bit of Mexican spice to our gardens with this starter kit. Each pack comes with three Terracotta pots, compost pellet, chilli jalapeno, chilli habanero and coriander seeds - things are looking hotter for the foreseeable.
2. Strawberries Jute Grow Set | £6.99 from Not On The High Street
There’s really nothing like a bowl full of strawberries and cream when the weather gets hotter, especially when the strawberries are of the juicy, homegrown variety.
3. Grow Your Own Lemon Tree Kit | £17.95 from Not On The High Street
As my mother says, there’s not much that isn’t improved by a squeeze of lemon, and this is particularly true when it comes to a gin & tonic.
Inside the Grow Your Own Lemon Tree Plant Kit are two small plant pots, one saucer, one professional grow pellet and your lemon tree seeds.
4. Grow Your Own Basil, Chive and Parsley Zinc Planters | £10.50 from Debenhams
These three rustic-inspired planters are part of a kit that includes basil, chive and parsley seeds. Seasoning your BBQ salads will never have felt so smug.
5. Funky Veg Kit and Psychedelic Salad Kit | £30 from Not on the Highstreet
We’ve never heard of salad being called psychedelic before, which is why we’re all the more intrigued by this particular grow-your-own kit.
It includes everything you need to grow colourful and unusual salad vegetables.