If you enjoy messing about in the garden you’ll know that growing flowers and veg is not always as easy as green-fingered TV gurus make out. Dodgy soil, lack of drainage, ground frost, bad spacing; it’s enough to make you want to crack out the cement mixer. But hold fire because Grobox is here to help.
Even if the only thing you’ve ever buried in a cardboard box is Tiddles the cat, prepare to be pleasantly surprised because Grobox makes cultivating flowers and veg easier than digging a hole. Yes, really! Simply plant the entire bulb-laden shebang – biodegradable box and all – get busy with the watering can, and before you know it your borders or tubs will be blooming.
Each Grobox contains carefully selected plants that flower in arrangements designed by horticulturist Jayne Lawton. No, we haven’t heard of her either but the gorgeous results speak for themselves. The plants are even hand-spaced in each box according to their individual growing requirements.
Treehuggers will be welly deep in joy because the box itself is made from recycled cardboard and acts as an insulator, protecting plants from prolonged cold, ground frosts and pests (such as the aforementioned cat). It also releases special nutrients as it degrades, increasing the fertility of surrounding soil, so you can plant your Grobox virtually anywhere in the garden.
There are three different Groboxes to choose from: Herb Garden. Winter Vegetables and White Christmas. Mmm…carrot soup. It’s enough to make you wanna stick your nose in the latest Alan Titchmarsh novel. Or not.
If all this talk of gardening has got you reaching for your wellies in anticipation, it’s worth remembering that Groboxes make fantastic gifts for anyone who loves gardening but hates hard work – and that means almost everyone. You dig?
White Christmas: Galanthus, (Snowdrops) Chionodoxa, Puschkinia, Muscari, Narcissus (Daffodils)
Drumstick (between 10 and 30cm)
Herb Garden: Garlic, Chives, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Thyme
Will do a proper review once it has been planted and if the winter garden grows or not - starting to wonder now, given that my box arrived (inside a shipping box) with the corner crushed in, so the contents (gold looking bark or stones) have spilled out slightly. Jenny Bridger - 8th December 2012
Not a review, just a question, can this be planted in a large window box or something? I have no garden to speak of but it sounds great. Vicky - 14th November 2012
Firebox says: You can plant these in flower tubs, as long as it's big enough.
What a wonderful idea! I have bought the whole collection for gifts for my friends in previous years and they have been amazed by the product and the results in the garden so I have had to treat myself and buy one and I am really impressed by the results, thanks grobox. Joanne Sagar - 29th October 2012
Firebox says: Hi Joanne! Glad you're impressed with the results and that you decided to treat yourself to a GroBox!
I bought a Vegetable and a Herb GroBox and I believe this is a very clever idea and ideal for busy people (like me). I planted both boxes around the same time about 6 weeks ago and I am amazed by the results! I am using the herbs regularly for cooking ingredients and the kids absolutely love picking their own vegetables! quite frankly anyone that can't get one of these to grow should be ashamed to call themselves a gardener! My boxes practically Grew on their own! Will most definitely ordering more! Jack Hague - 1st August 2012
My parents recently got an allotment to grow vegetables, so I got this for my mum's birthday, and it was something she thought was bloomin' marvelous (pun intended). Alex - 26th July 2012
Got the grobox as a gift for Christmas. I'm not a very experienced gardener but I planted the grobox into a container and watered, then just waited and was astonished as I got plenty of variety in my vegetable grobox. From carrots to beans, peas and spinach.
Would highly recommend this product as a gift. Will be buying more for gifts, very easy. Sam Philburn - 17th January 2012