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Growing your own is not just for the horticultural elite. Catherine Whyte unearths a local venture designed to have you gardening with the best
I’ve always fantasised about growing my own fruit and vegetables. So far, however, that dream has remained barren and, well, fruitless – thanks to my utter ineptitude when it comes to caring for flora of any description.
Fortunately help is at hand. SeedPod is a new local business whose raison d’être is to encourage ordinary folk to cultivate their own comestibles.
The scheme works on a subscription basis. Join up and SeedPod will regularly dispatch seeds at the time you need to plant them.
But instead of simply leaving you and your seedlings to flounder in a mire of horticultural cluelessness, the SeedPod team gives frequent prompts and nudges, holding your not-so-green-fingered hand all the way until the moment you pick your precious produce. Genius.
There are a number of packages to choose from. You can select the organic or non-organic option – the latter being perfect for those on a tighter budget – or one specifically for those with limited growing space.
SeedPod is the brainchild of local couple Paul and Rebecca Robinson, who wanted to start a business that facilitated a reconnection between people and the food that they eat – a link which brings a wide range of social and environmental benefits.
Despite opening for business just late last year, the Robinsons are already nurturing a nationwide community of growers.
Business, one might say, is blooming!
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