What is the 'Garden Guru' service?
New to growing your own food or edible flowers? While our certified organic plug plants and online grow guides make it easy, all our customers also have FREE access to our 'Gardening Guru' service! Once you purchase a product from us, you can ask as much advice as you'd like on how to grow that product - whether by phone, social media message or email.
What are Plug Plants?
We provide you with certified organic baby plants, delivered to your door.
You plant them in your garden or in pots
Care for your plants, with our expert guidance & support
Harvest & enjoy your affordable, healthy & delicious, homegrown healthy food!
Plug plants are young plants raised in small, individual cells, ready to be transplanted into containers or a garden. Each plant is typically 8cm or less in height.
Advantages of Plug Plants
Great for less experienced gardeners as don't have to raise from seed
Can improve yields: a healthy, stocky plant will grow rapidly and symmetrically when planted out, with a potentially greater capacity to withstand pests, disease and drought
Can be used to catch up, if you've missed the 'sowing window'
Can quickly replace a failed crop
Can be planted easily between other plants (intercrop/companion planting)
Perfect for those with small spaces
No need for a greenhouse/polytunnel to germinate seeds
Try new varieties without buying lots of seed packets
No need to 'thin' plants out
As plug plants grow rapidly, reduced need to weed
Please note that as we garden organically, there may be an occasional nibble mark on your plug plant - this does not affect their growth, and may even improve their nutritional value by producing a defence response within the plant!
How are the plants delivered?
If you order by Saturday of this week, plug plants are dispatched at the beginning of the following week (e.g. Monday/Tuesday). This is to minimise the chances of your baby plants spending a weekend in a courier warehouse or van!
We use An Post for delivery as the most reliable service at the moment to deliver plants on time and without damage. Their next working day delivery maximises the chances of your plants arriving health & safe - at the moment deliveries are taking 48 hours due to Covid -19 demand but plants arrive unaffected.
We use tracking for all our shipping - should your plants be excessively delayed or damaged we will refund or replace them.
How are the plants packaged?
Your plug plants are protected in recycled plastic modules, and given a big drink of water before their journey to you. We are happy for you to post packaging back to us for reuse - we disinfect before using for the next customer. Or simply pop them in the recycling bin to help them continue their zero waste journey!
Our plants are supplied without pots, or in compostable pots, to encourage healthy growth, prevent them from becoming root bound, avoid transplant shock and to minimise plastic waste.
They are grown in certified organic soil from Co. Donegal!
Will autumn-winter plants survive? Can they be grown outside or in polytunnel?
Our seasonal selection includes a mix of plants which will prefer the autumn and produce now (e.g. mustard greens), others which will continue during winter (e.g. curly red kale), and those that you plant out now to give you a lovely spring harvest e.g. cabbage, cauliflower, broad bean. They can be grown outdoors or in a polytunnel and will benefit from a bit of fleece protection when winter hits.
Why are there different dates for plant shipping than for onion sets & garlic bulbs?
Because we want your plants to be naturally strong and healthy, we don't treat our plants with any chemicals or heat to speed up or slow down their growth. This means they mature at different rates and so we provide a rough date for dispatch of mixed pack plants. Plants which are shown as 'Available Now' can be dispatched right away if ordered separately.
Organic onions and garlic sets are available only at the start of October, while our final autumn-winter plant selection is available for dispatch at the end of September. If you've order plants with the onions and garlic builbs, we won't dispatch until early October when the onions & garlic bulbs are ready. So if you want your plants sooner, its best to order them separately.
Can I sell my produce as certified organic?
While the plants we provide you with are certified organic, you cannot resell any produce from them as certified organic. This is because you would need to be registered with an organic certifying body in Ireland, and go through conversion periods for your land, inspections and other regulatory steps. However you can eat your harvest safe in the knowledge that it was grown sustainably, and came from proven & inspected organic plants with no hidden chemicals.