Allotinabox : A Review


If you’re looking for a present for someone who is interested in starting gardening, Allotinabox could be the gift you’re looking for.

A Grow Your Own gift box contains a collection of seeds that can be grown in an area as small as a window box. I was sent a ‘Grow all Seasons’ GYO Box. The beautifully presented box contains a variety of seeds and some accessories.

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Allotinabox gets top marks for presentation. Wrapped in decorative paper and delivered in a biodegradeable box, the container is as green as the contents.

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The seeds in the box were a good selection. Aubergines, Parsley, Rocket, Mange Tout and British Thyme – all of which can be started off on a window ledge.

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It’s not just seeds in the box. The pack contains 10 metres of Jute Twine, 5 plant tags, a Herb Grow Wheel that tells you all you need to know about sowing and harvesting fresh home grown herbs and a bar of Handmade ‘Scrubs Up’ soap.

And now the fun begins! My daughters have planted sunflower seeds in the garden but this was a good opportunity to develop that knowledge and get them more involved with gardening. We set about preparing the pots.

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The girls helped fill the pots and drop the seeds into the soil. They even named the seeds as they planted them!

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Once the seeds begin to grow, we’ll thin them out and put them in a large planter in the garden. The children see the growth of plants as nothing short of magic, which is an accurate description!

This was a Seasonal Grow Your Own box from Allotinabox and retails at Β£15.99. For Β£11.99, they also offer a Super Seed Box which is a “brilliant booster pack for any enthusiastic grower, or a leg up for a complete beginner”.

The box would make a charming gift or a useful treat for an urban gardener. (I also like the idea of supporting a growing company like Allotinabox in their worthy endeavours.)

171 Comments

  1. chris
    29 April 2016
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    Looks fab. I would love a box of all herbs.

  2. Tracey Peach
    29 April 2016
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    I haven’t grown any vegetables before but I would love to start πŸ™‚

  3. jo liddement
    29 April 2016
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    I love growing all types of chillies ranging from mild to very hot and they come in all sorts of colours too.

  4. Rachel Craig
    29 April 2016
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    Mint.

  5. Susan Smith
    29 April 2016
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    Cauliflower, it grew so big and the florets were nice and white, was really proud of this, it was the only one, the others didnt come to much

  6. Margaret Gallagher
    29 April 2016
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    I love growing my own stuff
    Last year my cucumbers where so impressive I do lint want to eat them and my beetroots where great too

  7. Andrea Fletcher
    29 April 2016
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    A galia melon

  8. MANDY DOHERTY
    29 April 2016
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    Runner beans

  9. Rosemary Szuster
    29 April 2016
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    Have grown tomatoes, peppers, strawberries and potatoes before.

  10. Kayleigh-Anne Watkins
    30 April 2016
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    New potatoes and fresh mint put together with some chicken or chops and vegetables with mint gravy, can’t wait for Sunday now xxx

  11. cheryl hadfield
    30 April 2016
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    Strawberries every year

  12. Elaine
    30 April 2016
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    A courgette and tomatoes.

  13. Claire D
    30 April 2016
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    Apples, Onions and Tomatoes

  14. Harline
    30 April 2016
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    I love marrow so I’ve grown a few but one year I grew the biggest I’d ever grown so this year I’m hoping to get a bigger one

  15. Amanda
    30 April 2016
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    This is the first year that I have attempted to grow my own food so fingers crossed that I have some success

  16. Amanda Noble
    30 April 2016
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    Potatoes when i was a kid
    Then i have grown a bumper crop of green beans! Also a rather impressive tomato tree x

  17. 1 May 2016
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    When i was a lot younger, my dad and i grew a gigantic pumpkin πŸ™‚

  18. Suzanne
    1 May 2016
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    Artichokes – love the look and taste of them.

  19. Angela Fitzjohn
    2 May 2016
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    I grew tomatoes once and they were the tastiest I have ever had, I would like to start growing some vegetables with my daughters.

  20. Leah Wheatley
    2 May 2016
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    Edible strawberries

  21. Bex Allum
    2 May 2016
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    I have home grown carrots with my girls they were pretty impressive.

  22. Anna Stimson
    2 May 2016
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    For me to grow anything is impressive, so it has to be strawberries in a hanging basket….. they were very small and the kids realised pretty quickly if they gave them to the neighbour’s kids they would get huge M&S ones in return!!!

  23. emma walters
    2 May 2016
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    my boys love digging up potatoes, last year we grew blue potatoes and yellow courgettes πŸ™‚

  24. Jodie Harvey
    2 May 2016
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    we grew our own strawberries, they were huge and tasted much nicer than shop bought

  25. Shivon Davis
    2 May 2016
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    Tomatos πŸ™‚ They were lovely. Thank you so much for the chance x

  26. Clare B
    2 May 2016
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    Purple french beans were pretty unusual and great tasting too. Must grow some of them again.

  27. Tracey Belcher
    2 May 2016
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    I think Garlic Sprouts – Being serious I am trying to grow from old growth and have found loads that you can grow on – Carrots – carrot tops. Garlic – grow edible shoots that are full of flavour and so on

  28. Andy Wedge
    2 May 2016
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    I regularly grow potatoes and am very proud of them

  29. Claire Nutman
    2 May 2016
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    my own garlic x

  30. Leanne V McKenna
    2 May 2016
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    Tomatoes πŸ™‚

  31. Solange
    2 May 2016
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    Tomatoes

  32. Ellen Sheppard
    2 May 2016
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    Raspberries πŸ™‚

  33. Kirsty Hosty
    2 May 2016
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    Strawberries

  34. Jo Carroll
    2 May 2016
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    I actually grew an apple tree from seed. It took over 4 years before I got any apples growing from it though…but I was really chuffed when they came as my other half said they never would – persistance payed off πŸ™‚ x

  35. Lisa Parker
    2 May 2016
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    I once grew some pumpkins, I was over the moon that they actually grew and looked like proper pumpkins and a few days before I was due to harvest them some vandals smashed them all up! I was gutted x

  36. 2 May 2016
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    Sweecorn

  37. Barbara Knight
    2 May 2016
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    A pumpkin which was so big it took two of us to get it in and out of the car.

  38. Sarah Wyatt
    2 May 2016
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    An apple tree from an apple core! It even produces tiny apples now.

  39. karen taylor
    3 May 2016
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    Perfect home warming gift for my daughter’s new garden….her love for home grown veg is blossoming ! Kale sprouts are her favourite.

  40. Rich Tyler
    3 May 2016
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    Pak Choi – it was yummy πŸ™‚

  41. ADEINNE TONNER
    3 May 2016
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    Has to be some yummy strawberries

  42. 3 May 2016
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    Tomatoes! We can’t grow a huge amount as our balcony is only small.

  43. 3 May 2016
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    Rhubarb whose leaves were the size of elephant ears!

  44. rachael mccadden
    3 May 2016
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    never grown anything but would love to try

  45. Maxi
    3 May 2016
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    I once grew an aubergine.

  46. Nicola D
    3 May 2016
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    Tomatoes πŸ˜€

  47. Jayne Townson
    4 May 2016
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    Onions, garlic and beetroot.

  48. Jo Hutchinson
    5 May 2016
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    Some potatoes.

  49. Philip Thompson
    5 May 2016
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  50. Sharon
    5 May 2016
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    I’m not that good at it sadly, cherry tomatoes are my highlight πŸ™‚

  51. don erwood
    5 May 2016
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    Gooseberries

  52. Mandy Hamilton
    5 May 2016
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    I have never grew anything butg we are starting a veg garden

  53. Steph
    5 May 2016
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    I love growing things, unfortunately my greenhouse is empty this year!

  54. Laura Kevlin
    6 May 2016
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    A tiny carrot – the impressive part was that it grew at all! πŸ™‚

  55. Karl Borowy
    6 May 2016
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    chlli plant

  56. Kim M
    6 May 2016
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    One tiny aubergine – but I was everso pleased with it!

  57. Nuala
    7 May 2016
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    strawberries yummy

  58. karen wells
    7 May 2016
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    grew some tomatoes once, they took ages to grow and were really puny lol

  59. Irene Wright
    7 May 2016
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    I once grew my own garlic – planted around the roses to keep the aphids off & it worked. Had loads of garlic to use then

  60. Nora K
    7 May 2016
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    I was most impressed with myself when I managed to grow an aubergine one year.

  61. 8 May 2016
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    Tomatillos. I was so fed up of planting tomatoes and them getting blight, aphids, was so demoralising. The tomatilloes were great, I sowed 4 seeds and they all grew. Planted the 3 strongest in a growbag and they grew quite happily with no pests. Okay, so maybe the fruit never ripened fully, but they made great green chutney. Yeah, pretty impressive I would say!

  62. Rachel Butterworth
    8 May 2016
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    Only watercress (pathetic, I know).

  63. Beverley
    8 May 2016
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    plum tree!

  64. pete c
    8 May 2016
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    peppers, on a no of occasions

  65. 8 May 2016
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    I have only ever grown cress

  66. claire woods
    8 May 2016
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    cress!

  67. Emma Walton
    8 May 2016
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    I managed to grow some broccoli once unfortunately they were covered in caterpillar’s!

  68. Nancy Bradford
    8 May 2016
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    A cherry tree in our back garden but the birds usually get to them first.

  69. michelle o'neill
    9 May 2016
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    have only grown potatoes x

  70. paul smith
    9 May 2016
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    peas

  71. Sam McKean
    10 May 2016
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    After years of trying (and swearing that this would be my last go), I finally managed to grow cucumbers last year, I was overrun with them!

  72. Sylvia Burrows
    10 May 2016
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    Strawberries

  73. Christine Constable
    10 May 2016
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    Raspberries – autumn fruiting, delicious, yummy

  74. rebecca nisbet
    10 May 2016
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    erm….hmmmm…well….never actually grown anything yet.

  75. ElizM
    10 May 2016
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    in my last house I had a grapevine that climbed up the back of the house and on to the roof!

  76. Sheila Sloan
    11 May 2016
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    Giant onions! I came 4th in the Mickleby Onion Society competition.

  77. Ruth Harwood
    11 May 2016
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    Strawberries xx

  78. Sally Hay
    11 May 2016
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    Pumpkins

  79. Zac Farley
    11 May 2016
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    My beard it was very impressive unti i met my partner !

  80. JULIE WARD
    11 May 2016
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    The only thing I’ve managed to grow is tomatoes, I have only ever had a couple on the plant though

  81. carole n
    11 May 2016
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    love to grow tomatoes, sometimes so easy

  82. Lorna Ledger
    11 May 2016
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    Erm, a baby, sdhe’s 15 now πŸ˜‰

  83. Alison Johnson
    11 May 2016
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    Nothing yet but this year I’m growing tomatoes, chillis, carrots, strawberries, spring onions, herbs & peppers. Nothing like going for it first time out!

  84. natalie moore
    12 May 2016
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    havent yet but would love to grow my own tomatoes, herbs and chillies next year!

  85. Iris Tilley
    12 May 2016
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    What a great time to start

  86. ema j lowe
    12 May 2016
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    ive never managed to grow anything myself. when I was little my dad used to grow, veg and strawberries, I used to love help pick the pea pods, not many made it back to the house, I love fresh peas raw.

  87. Vicky Online
    12 May 2016
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    I sprouted mung beans. Which is harder than it sounds if you haven’t got the kit, because they go all foosty if you aren’t careful. Also I have made my own yogurt without a yogurt maker, and that is probably technically growing a fungus. On the subject of growing yeast, you should have seen the size my Herman the German starter dough got too.

  88. Gillian Brewster
    13 May 2016
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    When we were young we grew rhubarb, tomatoes, potatoes and all the usual to thinga. But since I got my own garden I’ve grown nothing this would allow me the chance to try

  89. Mike Gerrie
    13 May 2016
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    Sweet Bell Peppers

  90. Gail Reid
    14 May 2016
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    Strawberries. They were gowwwwwwwjus xxx

  91. marie powell
    14 May 2016
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    A pumpkin that we used for halloween..felt so good to have grown ourselves

  92. Helen W
    14 May 2016
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    I’ve grown money maker tomatoes before, and they were delicious. Much better than the ones from the shops.

  93. Rebekah Jones
    15 May 2016
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    I used to have an alotment with my Dad ..we grew a variety of vegetables and fruits .. but the hardest thing to get to grow properly was our grapevine .. we had one in our greenhouse … hard to get it to start off but then it overtook the whole of the greenhouse roof lol

  94. Patricia Avery
    15 May 2016
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    We are lucky to be able to be nearly self-sufficient in veg. The only ones are buy are the greens which we don’t have room for. Great to know ours is always grown organically πŸ™‚

  95. Lindsay Taylor
    15 May 2016
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    Strawberries and pumpkins – I’m not very green fingered!

  96. Maggie Ali
    15 May 2016
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    hmm where do I start πŸ™‚ purple broccoli, beetroot, cucumbers and lots of other veggies but my biggest pride were last year’s black tomatoes πŸ™‚

  97. Rikka B
    15 May 2016
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    Corn on the cob

  98. Tracy Newton
    16 May 2016
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    We are accidentally growing radishes in a pot on the kitchen window sill. We thought we were setting peppers off. But never mind, we will enjoy them in a salad

  99. Samantha O'D
    17 May 2016
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    Pea plants, they are the only thing i can grow that doesnt die

  100. Rachel White
    17 May 2016
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    Asparagus, rhubarb & sweet alcantè tomatoes

  101. Laura Nice
    17 May 2016
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    strawberries! πŸ™‚

  102. Cheryl Price
    17 May 2016
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    radish, and runner beans πŸ™‚

  103. Brian Dodds
    18 May 2016
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    Runner beans

  104. Denielle Nicol
    19 May 2016
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    Some tatties and carrots, I’m very much a starter so nothing too impressive yet ????

  105. Pam Francis Gregory
    19 May 2016
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    Mint in my gardeb

  106. BECCA STAPLES
    19 May 2016
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    Pea’s in a pod, love them! X

  107. Lisa Wilkinson
    19 May 2016
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    Some tomatoes

  108. 19 May 2016
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    I’m not known for my green fingers – does a cress head count?

  109. Mary Baldwin
    20 May 2016
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    Rhubarb. Luckily it almost looks after itself, but I planed it from a small crown and now it’s lovely and produces lots of fresh fruit.

  110. Andrea Miles
    20 May 2016
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    runner beans – we ended up making chutney with them we had so many

  111. Gerri Tennant
    20 May 2016
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    Got some great asparagus this year (the third year after we planted them and the first year that we have cut any).

  112. Matt Allison
    20 May 2016
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    A 60lb pumpkin when i was a kid!

  113. Theresa M
    20 May 2016
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    I’m always trying to grow edible plants, figs, potatoes, rhubarb, strawberries, gooseberries, cherries, herbs, tomatoes, peas and beans, onions, ginger, asparagus to date, I also have a lemon tree, an orange tree, a pomegranate bush, a pineapple guava bush and an olive tree but have not had any edible fruit from them so far. My dream is to grow my own vanilla pods from a vanilla orchid.

  114. Sue Dorking
    20 May 2016
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    A cucumber, was impressive because I thought it was a courgette plant!

  115. Melissa Red
    20 May 2016
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    Some tomatoes.

  116. Victoria Middleton
    20 May 2016
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    Nothing exciting just strawberries.

    Though my brother was amazed that they tasted like strawberry!!

  117. Anthea Holloway
    20 May 2016
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    I think it must be the apricots although this year there are none due to the late frosts.

  118. Andrea A
    20 May 2016
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    Sweetcorn

  119. Sheri Darby
    20 May 2016
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    Plums – but they did it without my help

  120. Sarah Mcknight
    20 May 2016
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    Some herbs, i’m not daring enough

  121. Diane Duggan
    20 May 2016
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    Strawberries – in a garden that often has a lot of slugs.

  122. Amelia Johnson
    20 May 2016
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    My little boy would love to see some things grow from scratch!

  123. Kat Allinson
    20 May 2016
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    Pumpkins

  124. Jennifer Rhymer
    20 May 2016
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    Pumpkins! They are so easy to grow and I never imagined they would turn out so big!

  125. DEBORAH BIRD
    20 May 2016
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    Potatoes! They were lovely!

  126. Michelle Wild
    20 May 2016
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    A melon, it was very small though!

  127. Emma Perry
    20 May 2016
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    I grew my own chilli’s two years on the trot, on my window sill! All 4 plants came out great with loads of beautiful red hot chilli’s and I ended up cooking spicy everything those years lol

  128. Angela McDonald
    20 May 2016
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    I’m unsure if it’s impressive but I loved growing my own Strawberry plant when I was 13! We’re had them in the garden ever since!

  129. 21 May 2016
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    I once planted a handful of chilli seeds and literally ended up with hundreds!!!!!

  130. Laura Harrison
    21 May 2016
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    Nothing yet but would love to start this year xx

  131. Victoria Thurgood
    21 May 2016
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    cucumbers

  132. Christine Hobbs
    21 May 2016
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    So cool. Would love to do this with my granddaughter it would teach her so much

  133. Sheila Reeves
    21 May 2016
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    I’ve grown chillies, had so many we were running out of things to do with them – which was nice!

  134. Rebecca Roberts
    21 May 2016
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    Rosmerry not grown anything else thats why its impressive

  135. Elizabeth Harbron
    21 May 2016
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    Purple tomatoes.

  136. Natasha R-M
    21 May 2016
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    We had a bumper crop of runner beans last year – we had a crop until around late October/November.

  137. Sue Carter
    21 May 2016
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    I love to grow multi coloured cherry tomatoes- the kids at preschool are fascinated when I take them in my lunchbox

  138. tracey baker
    21 May 2016
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    Some gorgeous potatoes so tasty x

  139. stephen smith
    21 May 2016
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    potatoes carrot peas green beans strawberries dill cucumbers radish onions and tomatoes i love growing my own you get a real sense of achivement when your serving your own foods to family and friends

  140. Jayne Kelsall
    21 May 2016
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    I grew Watercress last year for the first time and it was lovely.x

  141. Anita Missen
    21 May 2016
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    Im a beginner. I want ti encourage my son and neice to grow things.

  142. Kate Knight
    21 May 2016
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    Courgettes

  143. Laura Pritchard
    21 May 2016
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    Nothing, I’m terrible at growing things!

  144. Tishist
    21 May 2016
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    baby corn

  145. Nicola Lang
    21 May 2016
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    Cress lol πŸ™‚
    My dad grows strawberries and tomatoes in his greenhouse, he is a keen gardener.

  146. Charlotte Hoskins
    21 May 2016
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    I’ve grown tomatoes before, not that exotic I know but the volume we had was immense. No one left our house without taking a bag of them away!

  147. claire davey
    21 May 2016
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    I grow all my own veg on my allotment and at home so has to be a chilli plant they very tricky xx

  148. D Fairman
    21 May 2016
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    Strawberries and tomatoes.

  149. Sam McKean
    21 May 2016
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    I grew cucumbers last year, it was my fifth year of trying (with no previous success), I have no idea what I did right, but I ended up with enough to feed half the street!

  150. Cathy O
    21 May 2016
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    Some amazing shaped tomatoes!

  151. Beryl
    21 May 2016
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    Some sweet yummy tomatoes

  152. kylie richardson
    21 May 2016
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    last year we had herbs, tomatoes, spring onions and carrots – i was pretty impressed!

  153. Lisa Mcalley
    21 May 2016
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    I have never grown anything

  154. Louise B
    21 May 2016
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    An amazing climbing pumpkin which had to be cut out of the top of a tree!

  155. Jeremy Andrews
    21 May 2016
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  156. Kay sale
    21 May 2016
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    Cucamelons

  157. 21 May 2016
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    Got a few things growing but the snails seem to like everything!

  158. karen watt
    21 May 2016
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    only managed to grow herbs but this year am attempting to grow spring onions and small peppers

  159. Laura Corrall
    21 May 2016
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    Sunflowers that were taller than my husband. Strawberries that started to take over the garden. Then we moved. Now I need to start over.

  160. 21 May 2016
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    The year before last, we got a huge crop of courgettes, which went on for the whole summer. we then made the mistake of using a larger bed the following year, hoping for a repeat bumper crop, but instead got only a couple of courgettes a week . This year we’re moving house so will have to wait and see if we pick a good spot.

  161. Pauline Black
    21 May 2016
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    Chillies from a can!

  162. Mary Lennon
    21 May 2016
    Reply

    This a great idea & would make a fab present for someone .

  163. Natalie Gillham
    21 May 2016
    Reply

    Rocket

  164. we managed sweet corn one year and very tasty it was too

  165. Chris Fletcher
    21 May 2016
    Reply

    I’ve grown some marrows that were quite impressive – they were huge!

  166. Ruth Wollerton
    21 May 2016
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    Some strawberries which sprouted everywhere. Thanks

  167. Diana
    21 May 2016
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    Strawberry! We’ll see if I’ll be lucky with my tomatoes πŸ™‚

  168. jackie curran
    21 May 2016
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    We had some lovely raspberries last year . They were delicious .

  169. Eva Appleby
    21 May 2016
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    The most impressive thing l have grown was some mighty big runner beans x

  170. George Wright
    21 May 2016
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    I grew red (not too hot for me) chilli peppers from seed. It was very exciting!

  171. Joanna Kasznicki
    21 May 2016
    Reply

    The most impressive thing is tomatoes and carrots, I was really impressed with myself and ate the tomatoes but gave the carrots to my guinea pig and rabbit

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