I love gardens and I love the idea of gardening, but gardening is hard work and by nature quite inaccessible to anyone with knee issues, hand issues, back issues, fatigue or a disability and I have all of the above. Making gardening an accessible hobby has a price tag many on disability benefits would not be able to afford. It is still a worthwhile pursuit given all the potential benefits and a packet of seed for less than a pound is an excellent place to start.
Crocus is an on-line gardening website that specialises in selling plants, bulbs and seeds for delivery across England, Wales and parts of Scotland. It offers more than 4,000 plant varieties to choose from at a very good price. Even for the novice gardener, there is plenty of information as well as a search function that helps you find exactly what you are looking for, even if you don’t know a single plant name. It makes the shopping part of gardening accessible to those with limited time, limited ability or limited choice in their local area.
The kitchen garden section has an abundance of seeds that can be sorted by type, pollination group, sowing month inside, sowing month outside or harvest month starting at 69p per pack. Delivery costs is £1 for seeds.
Some seeds need a bit of skill to keep alive, but many are easy to grow in the garden or in a pot in the kitchen window and need only a small investment of time and money. I would recommend starting with herbs, particularly if you use herbs in the kitchen to cook or to make your own tea. Growing your own is a great way to save money and always have a fresh selection at hand.
Crocus also stocks plants, tools and compost and delivery costs for these items is one flat fee of £4.99. If you have never planted anything before, grab a pot, some compost, a bag of seeds, use a spoon for a hand trowel and give it a shot.
If the environment matters to you, Crocus detail what they do to be environmentally friendly here.