Rocket Gardening!

| October 9, 2013 | 8 Comments

At the weekend after a week of J being really quite poorly with flu, I managed to have a whole day out in the garden to myself which was wonderful. The sunflowers in contrast to two weeks ago had gone over, so I pulled up all the plants, cutting off the seed heads and leaving those out of the birds.

Sunflowers

 On Friday I received this via courier…

Unpacking the box

I am SO excited to say I am one of Rocket Gardens “Urban Constant Gardeners’‘ for the next twelve months;  which means I will receive four deliveries of organic vegetable and herb plug plants and worm fertiliser. The first delivery  contained the following:

  • Red russian kale x 5
  • Cornsalad x 5
  • Winter lettuce x 10
  • Spring green cabbage x 5
  • Winter purslane x 5
  • Tatsoi x 5
  • Pak choi x 5
  • Landcress x 5
  • Spinach x 10
  • Cavolo nero x 5
  • Borecole x 5
  • Spring onions x 20
  • Red knight mizuna x10
  • Packet of Broad bean seeds

The Plants

Clearly this is all going to be a veritable feast when it’s ready! We used to have an allotment in our previous area but there is a five year waiting list here (well, I guess we are now on a four year wait). The Urban Constant Gardener is just right for us as a family. The growing instructions for each plant is very clear, telling you the correct spacing for the plants and the conditions they like (i.e. free draining, drier).

We have enough space to grow everything, I put most plants in our border which previously had the sunflowers in, some have gone into tubs in our greenhouse and the remainder have gone into one of the raised beds in the front garden.  I have mixed up what’s in here to see how things grow in comparison to outdoors, so some of the Kale plants are in there along with the Purslane which prefers drier conditions.

Plants laid out

Keeping an eye on the weather reports for frost I have bought some horticultural fleece to cover the plants when needed. I think Rocket Gardens are a fantastic idea. Ideal for people that either don’t have the experience of growing from seed or are time poor, which is the category I tend to fall into alot of the time. I LOVE being out in my garden but I don’t get as much time as I would like. It was so easy to clear the areas to put the plants in and maintenance should be pretty easy.

Greenhouse, Raised Bed

The Urban Constant Gardener kit is currently on offer for £96.75 with 25% off; and you also receive one weeks free camping at Rocket Gardens HQ thrown in too which looks great. Rocket Gardens are based at a farm in West Cornwall and garden organically. There are a variety of options to choose from for different budgets and gardens, including an allotment option.

We Sow You Grow

The quality of the plants are great and they survived their trip up from Cornwall without drama. I will be giving progress reports on these plants month on month and in the spring we will be building further raised beds for the next delivery due in May next year.

Disclosure: I have received the Rocket Garden free of charge. All opinions and photographs within this review are my own. 

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  1. jo says:

    I am jealous of your garden you know. Just reminding you!!
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  2. Oh, I’m quite envious of you with this Rocket Gardening package-that looks and sounds absolutely fab! I want one!! Looking forward to following your progress. We used to have an allotment before children, but it was a car ride away after we moved and proved too much to keep it on. I grow a few things in my garden now and have just got a small greenhouse to try and get more seedlings going for next season. Maybe we can share tips?!
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  3. Mama Syder says:

    The rocket garden package looks fab, I look forward to seeing how it goes. Love the new look to your blog, it is great x
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  4. Mammasaurus says:

    What a cool idea – I’ve not heard of Rocket Garden but will check them out, sound like a great concept. The title Urban Constant Gardener has to be the best name ever thought up! How coll to be able to grow stuff all year round.

    And lucky birds ;)

    Thanks ever so much for joining in again x
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  5. Claudia says:

    how wonderful!! you will have so much great stuff growing and i love how easy they try to make it for you. good luck with everything. hope it all grows well.
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  6. Mrs Fox says:

    I got a rocket garden pack when I had a little veggie patch in London and it was great. Good luck with your winter gardening.
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  7. Katie says:

    That is some serious gardening! YUM rocket salad! Lovely time for Butternut squash with feta and rocket salad!
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  8. Wow you had a wonderful harvest of sunflowers this year. Most of the gardens i know had very poor displays with small heads. Will be interested to see how you get on with rocket gardens – the offer of camping for a week is inspired.

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