With the events of 2020 following into the beginning of 2021, this year we all continue to spend more time at home and in our gardens. Our skills in the garden and on the plot is one aspect which has been put to the test recently, so we thought it would be great to see what you LOVE growing most!

Valentine’s Day might not be your thing, but we know that growing your own is! For many green-fingered enthusiasts, the lockdown has been an opportunity to put your growing skills to the test, and for beginner gardeners, this has been an excellent chance to get your hands dirty and learned the benefits of growing your own produce and beautiful flower displays.

Up for grabs in our latest competition was a selection of seeds and accessories to help get you sowing this year, including the irresistible Heartbreaker Tomato seeds! So, let’s take a look at our best entries before we announce our winners.

Your Entries

All of our entries have been super varied and it looks like you guys have been keeping busy outdoors! From tomatoes, raspberries and carrots, to sunflowers, sweet peas and more!

Our Winners!

Helen Brook

Helen says ‘Love having a sunflower growing competition with the family….. Russell Lee Ward x x’

Lynee Woodward

Lynee says ‘Well to see both grandsons faces one grown sunflower and our other grandson growing carrots.’

Beaniebooandsue

Beanieandsue says ‘Things I grow in my garden’

Thank You!

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who entered and shared the amazing crops they love to grow. We are thrilled to see so many people keeping busy in the garden, on the plot and getting the whole family involved. If you see your photo above, don’t forget to share a link to our blog on your social media pages and give us a tag to show off your crops even more. This isn’t our first competition and won’t be the last, so keep an eye for the next one!

The Health Benefits of Growing Your Own Produce

Growing your own produce is not only a hobby for many of us and a way of life, but it is also a simple solution to many health, environmental and economic issues. Even growing one fruit or vegetables instead of purchasing from a store is beneficial to your health and the environment too.

NutritionFruit and veg is packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidents. They are their most nutrional when raw and fresh, so it doesn’t get much better than picking it straight from veg patch or plot. The longer fruit and veg is stored away, like what happens in supermarkets, the less nutritional they become.

Staying Fit & Active – Growing your own produce keeps you super busy and lets you connect with nature and the outdoors. This physical activty is prevalent for your physical and mental health. Regular exercise like this relieves stress and gives you an extra boost of energy.

Money – You can save a good amount of money if you grow your own. By spending out on seeds and plants, you will in return get masses of yields which cost much more to buy in the supermarket. It might take a little more time, but if you plan early and get started, it will be worth it in the long run.

Environment – Supplying your own produce means less transportation that is harming the environment. Homegrown crops also don’t use chemicals which can harm the environment too.

Easy & Popular Veg to Grow

Do you ever think about growing your own vegetables but haven’t got a clue where to start? how about growing something easy but also really tasty and popular in the kitchen. From plot to plate there are plenty of easy to grow vegetable available at Dobies to suit all kinds of gardens, plots and veg patches. This doesn’t have to be a complicated or difficult process, so take a look at these veg varieties to hit the ground running.

Simple Salad

Salads aren’t just about lettuce, and with Dobies range of Salad seeds, you could be growing all kinds of veggies and leafs to add to your homegrown salad. It’s super easy to grow your own salad leaves and veg additions, and you can try more exotic varieties that you can’t buy from the supermarket shelf.

As there is so much more that you can add to a salad to make them taste great, why not try ‘Onion Salad’ seeds for texture and crunch or ‘Sungold’ tomatoes for a burst of sweet flavour. For the leaves, have a taste of Italy with ‘Italian’ leaf seeds or grow classic ‘Wild Rocket’.

Growing your own salad at home provides delicious and fresh flavours, with a much cheaper price tag all year round.

Tasty Tomatoes

You can’t beat the taste of a fresh tomato picked from the vine and grown from seed from the veg patch or allotment. This plot to plate achievement is one that will ignite a passion for growing that will last a lifetime. It’s a difficult feeling to describe, the wonder of starting a Tomato plant from something as small as a seed right through to having your first homegrown Tomato Salad. What gives it a little more to think about too, is the number of tomato varieties available to you to choose from.

Whatever shape or size of your garden, or where you plan to grow your tomatoes, there is a variety that can work for you. Browse our range as we are constantly developing our range and looking for tomato seeds for all tastes and growing conditions.

Onions & Garlic

Onion and shallot sets are well worth space in your garden or allotment. It comes as no surprise that they are now being recognised as an essential part of the gardener’s vegetable patch.

Both onions and garlic are pretty much maintenance-free and easy to grow veg. All you need to do is plant into well-drained soil and lift when the foliage dies back. Dry them in the sun before storing in a cool dark spot.

Classic Runner Beans

No doubt a garden staple, Runner Beans taste delicious and there are many varieties to grow. Summer wouldn’t feel quite the same without them, and they beat shop-bought produce any day.

They are also great space-savers, and can be grown in small plots but will grow equally well in larger plots too. How about growing your Runner Bean seeds in the garden border? Producing stunning flowers they even look good growing here!

Sunday Spuds

The humble potato, a staple for over two-thirds of the World’s population. In the UK alone we produce over 6 million tonnes of potatoes each year which involves more than 3,400 commercial growers. Whether you like them roasted or mashed, everyone has their favourite way of cooking the iconic spud. From late and maincrop potatoes to the popular sweet and salad potato, we have a variety of potatoes for every season.

These are a fun variety to grow during late February to March!

Check out our handy Potato Growing Guide!

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