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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.

get your trowels out

The grey days are a bit less grey and the hot water bottle isn't seeing as much action as it used to. It can only mean one thing: winter is on the way out and spring is in. 

This week we've been braving the spidery corner of the shed and unearthing our spade and fork set so we can start messing about in the garden. That's how we came across this handy infographic from Wayfair, which is a guide to growing your own superfoods:

Grow Your Own Superfoods

There's no excuse not to pack in the globe artichoke and goji berries now. In fact, we might put a word in with the ladies in our products kitchen and see if we can borrow their blender. The next big smoothie recipe, we reckon.

the innocent sow & grow

We’ve teamed up with Grow it Yourself and iChild for the innocent Sow & Grow. We want to encourage kids to grow their own veg to help them better understand where their food comes from.

By growing it themselves, kids are much more likely to enjoy eating fruit & veg and continue eating healthily as they grow older (while playing about in the mud and getting their hands a bit grubby). This year, Sow & Grow will help 100,000 children in thousands of schools across the UK and Ireland to have their first food-growing experience in the classroom.

We’ve sent out pots, seeds and soil to 3,300 schools across the country. We’ll be checking in over the next or month or so to see how their growing is going.

All our school places have been taken but there’s still loads of ways to get your own kids involved. Head to our sow & grow site to find out how.

The Ultimate veg growing cheat sheet

We've posted about Anglian Home's veg growing cheat sheets before because they are the best veg growing cheat sheets of all the veg growing cheat sheets that are probably out there. But the new veg growing cheat sheet they've come up with has blown all of the other veg growing cheat sheets out of the water.

You can let it know where you are and where you're going to be growing the veg so it can personalise a plan just for you.

So go. Sow. Grow. Low.