We've teamed up GIY to give one lucky FOOD&WINE reader the chance to win a year's subscription to their newly launched gardening subscription service, GROWBox!
There aren’t many upsides to this strange lockdown we’ve found ourselves in, but for those lucky enough to have some outdoor space, having more time to spend in the garden is definitely one of them.
During the summer, it was the perfect place to lounge with an ice-cold beer, it makes dinnertime exciting again with the aid of a barbecue and it acts as the perfect backdrop for Zoom meetings. What's more, being outside and surrounded by plants is good for the soul. In fact, a recent study published in the Mental Health Journal found gardening to reduce stress, depression and anxiety symptoms as well as helping to improve your overall mood. That, combined with the fact that the best thing we can do to help stop the alarming spread of coronavirus is to stay home means now, more than ever, is a great time to start gardening.
But anyone who has tried their hand at gardening will know it's not as easy as popping some seeds in soil and watching them grow. First, there's the difficult choice of choosing what to grow. Then, there's figuring out when to plant and where. And that's all before the actual maintenance that comes with making your plant grow. Well, that's exactly where GIY comes in.
GIY is a not for profit social enterprise helping people to grow some of their own food at home, at work, at school and in the community. Together with some amazing partners, GIY has supported over 500,000 people and 8,000 community food groups in the UK and Ireland - just this year. In an extra effort to get the nation gardening, GIY has launched a gardening subscription box which does the hard graft for you by delivering seeds, bulbs, established plants and guides to your doorstep so you can skip straight to the fun bits.
Aptly named 'GROWBox', the cleverly thought out range features four different medium-sized seasonal boxes which get delivered in early and late Spring, Summer and Autumn so you can keep your garden blooming all year round. The Spring GROWBox (dispatched on Feb 1st) will include tomatoes, chillis, beetroot, lettuce and a surprise seed pack as well as a second delivery (dispatched on April 1st) which will include squash, courgette, peas, carrots and a surprise seed pack. For summer (dispatched on June 1st), you can expect to find chard, kale, french beans, basil and a surprise seed pack. The final GROWBox will arrive just in time for Autumn (dispatched on August 1st), inside you'll find rocket, oriental greens, radish, spinach and of course, a surprise seed pack. Each GROWBox comes with pots and dehydrated compost discs to get every plant started as well as a growing guide to help you continue on to a bumper harvest. Plus! You can also choose to have either GIY book Grow Cook Eat or GIY's children's book Know-it-Allmanac to be included with your subscription for free and delivered just in time for Christmas.
All the proceeds from GROWBox sales go back into GIY’s food growing campaigns and programmes to better educate people about food, sustainability and biodiversity. A year's subscription is priced at €89.99 and will include four seasonal boxes. For more information or to find out how you can subscribe, click here.
HOW TO WIN:
So whether you're looking for a new hobby or you know your perennials from your biennials - GIY'S GROWBox is the perfect present. That's why we've teamed up with GIY to give one lucky Irish Tatler reader the chance to win a year's subscription.
To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize worth over €80, simply answer the question below and fill out the following form. Good luck!