Friday, 4 April 2014

Plantabox Review


Last year I stayed at a Featherdown farm site and experienced glamping, a chance to have a little luxury but in a slow relaxed pace. We had a log burning stove and it kept us warm and we used it to make tea and cook. 


We had to collect our logs each day and the farm provided us with apple boxes to store the logs in. I fell in love with these rustic boxes and said to Chris they would look lovely planted up with flowers or herbs.

Recently I was contacted by Plantabox who specialise in personalised wooden apple crates that re-create the traditional apple crate or bushel box of yesteryear but  are made from high quality, sustainable F.S.C (Forest Stewardship Council) certified pine, the wood is treated for outdoor use and also has the option to be personalised with the wording of your choice!  

If you are hooked on Masterchef, the Invention test boxes this year, now a sweet and savoury box, these are made by Plantabox.

The Plantaboxes are sold in 8 different  shapes and sizes and 16 colours. 
I have an immense garden that is still undergoing some taming, so I opted to review a smaller version that would be great for herbs, and fit onto the windowsill, as you know I am often cooking and like to have fresh herbs. 



I ordered my box and chose my size, shade and personalisation and the box arrived very quickly.



What is lovely is that because I was planting up my box, I was provided with a liner and seeds to sow. Anxious to get my new baby on show I decided to use some pots of ready grown herbs, reserving a space for the basil seeds I received.




Do you like the shade I chose? Its called Shabby Blue. 

I love that my name is on it, the box is weatherproofed so can stay outside and I will do that for my herbs and then it will come in for winter so that I can still keep fresh flavours through the cold spell.

Firstly I recommend taking everything outside to work on, well I advise myself to as when soil and me get together its chaos.


The liner goes into the box and folds over the whole box, this saves it from getting in a mess too.
Then some holes need to be made that line up with the gaps at the bottom. 


Then I added some old terracotta crocks, this will provide drainage.



Then the messy soil filling, I did quite well and only covered myself!




Then the planting,  some lemon thyme for chicken dishes, chives and some sage,  the gap at the end has been saved for the basil seeds, its a summer herb and with some homegrown tomatoes and mozzerella I will be a happy bunny at lunchtimes!!



I really really adore this Plantabox, the quality and sturdiness is superb, the price is great too mine costs £28.95 the large storage crates are £35.95, reasonable especially if you are considering a unique wedding gift, house warming present etc!




I want to dot these around my garden, maybe a raised planter for Granny to tend to.



Chris grows chillis and this is ideal for Father's day


 I also am craving some for storage in the house too.
These Pink Roses Crates are perfect for my soon to be made over shabby chic bedroom.


The ideas for storage are endless, there are toy boxes,


pet beds, shelves, trugs, wine racks and plaques.

Which ones do you like?

The reason I ask is that I'm giving away a large personalised crate very soon, thanks to Plantabox!!

http://www.plantabox.co.uk/


Family Fever

38 comments:

  1. These look beautiful. We got a similar one for our anniversary. I do love the toy box and dog beds, off to investigate x

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    1. They are beautiful, hard to choose which ones I like best, I love my herb garden for now!!

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  2. Those are gorgeous! What an incentive they would be to get organised in the garden!

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  3. I love these, they're a great idea and I know my mom would love one too.

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  4. What a great idea , they would make such unique presents love them. Will have to get some for our sensory garden thanks x

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  5. love this idea such great looking things that are handy for alot of things

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  6. These are fab, thinking about getting one for work, we have a cafe there, so pretty and functional

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  7. I love the herb planters. The personalisation adds that something extra that transforms them into a beautiful object. I want one!

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  8. That looks like a really great idea. I know quite a few people who would love one of these (me included!)

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  9. The flower ones are really pretty, I would love to have these in my garden to bring some more colour and life!

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  10. These look amazing. We made one from an old pallet but I think my husband would have preferred me to have just bought one!

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  11. Ooooh these are lovely! Great for gifts too.

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  12. Oh wow I love these, what a great idea. They look fabulous and I'm sure they will for some time to come too. How lovely :)

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  13. I love plantabox, I have seen them before. I love the quirky, country style that they have and would certainly be over the moon to get one for our garden! Think I might have to drop some hint when its nearer my birthday :-) x

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  14. These look fantastic, and would love one for our new garden once we move in a few weeks' time. Love the shabby blue colour

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  15. These are fantastic! We only have a small balcony and a shared garden but my husband wants to start growing fresh herbs much like you have so one of these would be perfect!

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  16. I really like these - will maybe buy when I move house.

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  17. That looks gorgeous, I love the colour you've chosen. They'd make a brilliant gift too :)

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  18. Looks fab, such a great idea. I love the herb gardens and for planting flowers, but also really like the idea for toy storage.

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  19. I have just discovered your blog and absolutely love it! http://finestprocrastination.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. These look great! I like that they can be personalised. I really like the dog bed!

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  21. I love these - I saw them on Not On The High Street a while ago & dream of having one!

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  22. These are so cool!

    Ashleigh

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  23. I think that these are just so adorable. I like the pet beds especially. Its just something a bit different and most dogs like to sleep in a confined space.

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  24. Wow those look great we up-cycled and decorated a really old draw set into some planters this year, don't look quite as good as yours. But this was our first go, we also painted some of our plainer pots. Even if we don't manage to grow anything this year the pots look great :)

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  25. Aww these are fab. I would love some of these for my little veg crop
    Miss Tulip x
    The Thrifty Magpies Nest

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  26. great planters and Dad's chilli's look fab.

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  27. oh they look fantastic, they are so pretty too! x

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  28. Oh my, these are just gorgeous. I love the rose crates! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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  29. These are so pretty :) I'd love to get my dad some for his allotment. He is loving retirement!

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  30. so unbelievably sweet! I love them!

    I've come over as part of #triedtested and would love you to pop on over to carsonsmummy.blogspot.co.uk to say hi too!

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  31. these are gorgeous!! i absolutely love these x

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  32. These are lovely, I think I may get one for my Mum for her Birthday #TriedTested

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  33. These look cute! Might get one for my dad for Father's Day.

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  34. I'm all in favour of easier ways to grow you own food.

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