Recently we’ve been trying out various children’s postal subscription services. We’re also taking part in the 30 Days Wild challenge. I spotted an advert for a Mud & Bloom children’s gardening subscription box and thought we should try it out. Each month you get two sets of seeds (or sometimes a plant!) and the compost to grow them in, two craft activities (and the resources to make them) and some games. There was also a bonus activity included in the month that we tried out. The cards that come in the box are really beautiful and you can store them for future use.
We had the June box and so our seeds were Nasturtiums and climbing French Beans. There aren’t any pots provided. You can just use yogurt pots if you don’t have (or don’t want to buy) seedling pots. They do provide two pods each of compressed compost. The one complaint I do have about the Mud & Bloom kid’s gardening box is that there isn’t enough compost provided for the number of seeds you’re given. If you just had one seed then there would be enough. However you need to plant multiple seeds in case some don’t grow. It’s not the end of the world though. You just need to make sure you have some compost on hand if you’re going to order a Mud & Bloom box. TBF, you’ll need more compost as the seeds grow anyway as they’ll need to be re-potted.
The accompanying card gives the kids a step-by-step guide to planting and caring for the plants. It’s done in a kid-friendly way and the cards are so beautiful. In the past few months the seeds that have been included are: fennel, a willow tree, snapdragons, cauliflower, cucumbers, sunflowers and radishes. Each month includes one flower and one food to grow.
How much space do you need?
Theoretically everything can be grown in pots so you don’t need a garden, but you will need some kind of outdoor space. I’ve seen people with some really creative solutions for growing all their pots. If you’re planning on continuing with your subscription then it’s probably best if you have a garden.
The crafts and games
The crafts and games that are included in your Mud & Bloom subscription box are always tailored to the season. We had making our own Elderflower Cordial (which, as it turns out, I HATE but it was good fun harvesting the elderflower), colour matching scavenger hunt and make your own journey stick. Previous crafts have included jam jar garden lanterns, a bow & arrow, mini nature garden, windsock and pebble painting.
All of the resources for the crafts are included in the box. They’re really good quality resources as well. The chalks that were included for our colour scavenger hunt were really good – not just some cheap thin ones. Again, the cards include all the instructions in a very child friendly format.
They are a fun way to get involved with nature and agriculture. Plus it’s cool to see your seeds grow. The activities inside are also really fun.Biggest Child (aged 10)
The cost of the box
It’s £11.95 per box (or £13.95 for a siblings box which includes additional resources for another child). You can prepay for 3 months at a cost of £35.85 or 6 months for £69 (which is £11.50 per box). Subscribe via the Mud & Bloom website. You can cancel at any time.
If this isn’t the right subscription for you have a look at the subscriptions, postal boxes and apps section of the website.
I’m Vicky and I am a mum of three living in Aylesbury. I set up Free Time with the Kids to review free and cheap family days out in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire, mainly because I kept forgetting all the fabulous places that were recommended to me!! I love getting out and about with the kids (and hubby of course) and we have adventures all over the place. My reviews tell you all the things you need to know about the family days out and activites we’ve done such as how much it costs, if there’s parking, toilets and if there’s a cafe or if picnics are allowed. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Facebook