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Grow your own plants from chiltern seeds
Member Name: fweeky-kitty
Date: 27/01/03, updated on 27/01/03 (304 review reads)
Advantages: Satisfying, cheap, easy
Disadvantages: have to wait for plants to grow, requires effort & attention
I grow my own plants from seed, and find it very satisfying and much cheaper than buying ready grown plants. I get all my seeds mail order from chiltern seeds. I have been buying from this company for a while now and have nothing but praise for them. They are quick to reply to queries and orders, and very fast to ship out.
Perhaps I should explain, as suggested by the name this company sells seeds, all kinds of seeds. I first came across them in a search engine whilst looking for catnip for my cat. They were cheap so I thought I?d give them a try. My seeds arrived within a week and I was stunned at how many I got for such a cheap price, and even better pretty much all of them germinated! My kitty was in catnip heaven (until she ate them all, I think there may be one left somewhere in the garden although it was totally worth it to see her come swaggering down the path and lie drooling in my arms )
I have since bought many seeds from them and have always been delighted with what has arrived ? even better is a promotion they have where if you spend over certain thresholds you get a free assortment of seeds, and the more you spend the more free seeds you get! I spent over the £12 and got 3 free packs of seeds ? an annual mix, a perennial mix and a tree/shrub mix ? they allowed me to completely replant my garden as there were so many seeds I just about had room to plant everything that grew!
If you don?t know the specific name of what you are looking for that the catalogue can be a bit confusing, but everything is clearly labelled so you know what it is and what conditions it needs to grow. It also has a section for edible plants, wild flowers and a last minute additions section. The mixes are a good idea; especially the colour coded ones as without trawling through everything you can get yourself a beautiful blue garden if you so wished. The only problem I can see is that the catalogue as well as many of the plants on the w
eb site have no accompanying pictures so you cannot see what you are buying, although the descriptions are so thorough that you can usually get a pretty accurate picture in your minds eye, but once you have the name of the plant it shouldn?t be difficult to find a picture of it elsewhere.
The order form is clear and simple to use or you could use the web site, which has the similar problem of being difficult if you do not know specifically what you are looking for but you can search by name, family and type giving an easy navigation of the site. Ordering online is much the same as everywhere else ? add what you want to your basket, proceed to checkout and submit payment ? couldn?t be easier.
There range is amazing, from edible plants to some bizarre tropical ones, I have personally grown cacti, Swiss cheese plants, pansies, clematis, foxgloves, dragon tree?s and many more besides! They are truly right when they say how satisfying it is to grow something from seed.