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let's talk about growing veg at home

So you've heard about the innocent sow & grow and you're thinking, 'I'd love to be able to grow my own veg but I don’t have a garden where I can grow anything.' We understand. The majority of us here at Fruit Towers live in city flats. If it weren’t for the occasional pictures of our smoothies sitting on some grass a lot of us might have long ago forgotten what a garden is.

But we've got news. You don’t need a garden to grow the occasional bit of veg. You just need something small and watertight that you can put soil in. Something like this.

'But I don't have any gardening tools,' you say.

Oh, ye of little faith. A watering can has been staring at you this entire time.

'Ah,' you say, as if you've finally got one over on us. 'I don’t have a trowel. A gardener is nothing without a trowel.'

And yet, using nothing but a decent knife (and lots of care), you suddenly find yourself holding a sturdy plastic trowel.

'This is all well and good,' you say. 'But because of my love for the children's picture book The Avocado Baby when I was growing up, I love avocados. What if I wanted to try and grow some of those?'

Then you'd get an avocado seed, stick four cocktail sticks inside it and suspend it over water like this.

After a while it'll sprout and then you just transfer it to a proper plant pot, stick it by the window and make sure to water it with the watering can we've already talked about.

'You truly have thought of everything,' you say. 'Almost as if you were typing this all out for me. And you’re all so good-looking too.'

Oh, stop it. You’ll make us blush.

a sow & grow update

Last month we brought back the innocent sow and grow to help 200,000 school kids across the UK learn to love healthy food by growing their own veg in school. Now here we are, a few weeks in, and schools are already lost amongst the cress.

There are still a few way that you can get involved. We’re giving away 5000 seed packs to help you get growing at home and you can still head here to be in with a chance of winning. You don’t even need space at home, an old innocent bottle ought to do the trick.

And if you’re a school (not you personally, that wouldn’t make sense) you can still use the hashtag #SowAndGrowUK on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to enter our weekly competitions where we’re awarding drinks and other prizes. We’ve also got lessons lesson plans here to help out if you need them.

And we’re more than use to animals getting involved with the Big Knit so it’s brilliant to see the tradition carrying on with the sow & grow (with thanks to squidgypigs).

For even more, head to our sow & grow site or let us know through Twitter or Facebook how your growing is going.

the innocent sow and grow - how's the growing going?

As we mentioned last week, we’ve just brought the innocent sow and grow back to schools across the country to help 200,000 kids learn to love healthy food by growing their own in class. This week, we’d love to show you how their growing is going.

We’ve got these already impressive looking runner beans from Miss Ward’s Class at Pope John Paul II school in Ireland.

In Pine Class at St. Margarets decided to put their cress to good use by making it available in their school’s salad bar.

And Holme Valley School discovered that they had a rarely spotted ring of cress growing. Is this down to a rare astronomical event? Or some sort of woodland sprite? Or maybe they just sprinkled their seeds around the edge of the pot? Whatever the reason may be, we’ll be sure to keep an eye on it and let you know.

the innocent sow and grow 2017

Last year we launched our sow and grow campaign across the UK and helped over 100,000 kids learn to love healthy food by growing their own in school. This year we thought we’d go even further by doubling it to help 200,000 kids learn the fun of growing their own veg.

We’ve sent out growing pots, seeds and soil to over 6,500 schools across the UK and Ireland so kids across the country can get growing. By growing their own food, kids are much more likely to enjoy eating fruit & veg and continue eating healthily as they grow older.

You can get involved too. We’re also giving away 5000 seed packs to anyone who wants to start growing their own veg at home. Simply head here and fill in your details for a chance to win.

We’ll be popping back here pretty regularly to check in on how everyone’s going (it took all our willpower not to type ‘growing’ there), as well as giving you tips on how to get growing at home.

congratulations to our sow & grow winners

Recently we finished up the innocent Sow & Grow. Our campaign to help get kids growing their own veg and learn more about where food comes from. We sent seeds and growing kits to 100,000 kids in over 3,000 schools to help them develop healthy habits that could last for life.

Of course, being British, we couldn’t exactly have lots of people growing stuff without turning it into some sort of competition. Gardening competitions are an important part of life and who are we to break with tradition? So we got our fancy pens and clipboards out, read through all the school’s growing diaries and looked for the veg that impressed us the most.

After much searching we chose Horsenden Primary School. Their cress was incredible, their peas were perfect, their spinach was good enough for Popeye. We packed up the grassy van with their prizes and headed over.

It turned out that Horsenden used to have a vegetable patch but ran out of money to keep it going. Now, thanks to their winning the innocent Sow & Grow, they’ve got gardening tools, a brand new wheelbarrow and loads of seeds to help them get it started up again.

“Taking part in Sow and Grow has been, without a doubt, the highlight of the academic year for my class.,” said Miss Wright, a teacher at the school. “It is rare to find a project that can engage a whole class and draw enthusiasm from even the most reluctant of learners, but the Sow and Grow initiative certainly achieved that. From planting the seeds to harvesting our small crops, every child was excited to get their hands dirty and learn as much as they could about growing their own food.”

And, just this morning, they sent us one of the best thank you cards we’ve ever received. A story about the ‘smart smoothie summery tree’, hand drawn pictures of all the kids and, to top it all off, a proper pop-up made entirely of fruits. It’s already done the rounds in Fruit Towers to a chorus of ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’.

A huge thanks to everyone who took part this year and congratulations again to Horsenden Primary School. You’re the best (at growing stuff).