WITH lockdown giving many people a chance to spend more time in the garden, one family decided not to beat around the bush with the launch of their new business venture.

Robert Day, a garden designer and former garden centre manager with over 35 years’ of experience, last month launched the ‘Pop and Grow’ garden box delivery service along with wife, Su and daughter, Taryna.

In a similar way to how recipe boxes work, Pop and Grow offers a choice of mini-gardens in a box with a selection to choose from, carefully designed by Robert to know which plants will look visually appealing and also thrive alongside each other.

It was designed to provide an easy, fun and environmentally-friendly way of creating beautiful gardens.

The seeds of Robert’s idea were sown some time ago, but with many people stuck at home during lockdown, his original plans came together quicker than anticipated.

Robert said: “I brought my plans forward to launch Pop and Grow officially on May 8, as so many of us are taking comfort from our homes and gardens at the moment. The Pop and Grow mini-garden in a box is a really simple way to plant flowers, shrubs, and herbs.

“My wife Su and I launched to coincide with VE Day 75 and made it a double celebration as we dressed in red white and blue and enjoyed a wonderful day in our garden!”

The Pop and Grow boxes come with all plants supplied, and the packaging opens out to form a template on the soil, with markings showing where the plants need to be placed to form a mini garden approximately one metre wide and two metres long.

Robert added: “We can all be active in our gardens and you can get children involved, with the added benefit of having great quality plants that are guaranteed to bloom.

“We offer a range of box types available to suit your planting space and the biodegradable box with a planting template and instructions make for really easy and enjoyable gardening, with beautiful results very quickly.”

Pop and Grow will be launching a dedicated website for online shopping and have a Facebook page featuring helpful gardening tips and more information about the boxes.

The boxes will also be made available to house builders for new development sites in due course, but the new venture is trying to help those who are stuck at home at the moment.

For more, go to popandgrow.com or search ‘Pop and Grow’ on Facebook.