A little while ago I was asked if I was interested in reviewing some Sprout Pencils and as soon as I read up a bit about them I jumped at the chance because, quite simply, they sounded fun.
Our Sprout Pencils
What are Sprout Pencils
For anyone that’s not seen them before (which I suspect quite a few of you will have based on the number of times I’ve spotted posts being shared about them in my Facebook feed), they’re the world’s first sustainable plantable pencil – a colouring pencil with seeds hidden away in the end. Once you’ve finished your colouring you stick them in some soil, give them a water and wait for them to grow.
Doing a bit of colouring
You may be thinking that this all sounds a little gimmicky, and you’re probably right. I mean, you can easily buy pencils to colour and seeds to plant with your children, but there’s definitely something more fun about sticking them together. Daniel looked at me a little bit like he thought I was crazy when I invited him out into the garden to stick his colouring pencils into some soil, but he happily went along with it (as you can see) and both boys were really excited when the first green shoots popped up a few weeks later (and I was too, as I’m usually completely incompetent at growing anything!).
Planting the pencils
Why should you buy them?
- Ignoring the plant bit completely, they’re really good quality pencils.
- They’re a great way of introducing your children to growing their own food.
- The online guide to growing each of the plants is really useful and contains all of the information you need.
- The plants seem pretty forgiving for people that don’t really know how to grow plants (like me!). We stuck the pencils in some soil, water them every now and again (if they’re looking a bit droopy) and they’re still going strong.
- The little pencil stubs have the name of the plant written on them making a cute label so you don’t forget what it is.
Are there any drawbacks?
Nothing major really but if I’m being picky…
- Not all of the pencils can be planted all year round (because that’s how nature works!). We planted the herbs as they will happily grow on my kitchen window sill all year round, but several of the other plants need to be planted at a specific time of year so I’ve had to tuck them away in a drawer for a few months. If you’ve got impatient children then they might find this a bit frustrating.
- Each pencil colour is matched to a particular plant, so if there’s a particular plant you want to grow you get what you’re given in terms of colour.
- The Sprout World website works in euros rather than pounds (although they do ship to the UK). However, if you prefer to pay in pounds then a quick Google search will suggest plenty of well known UK sellers.
Starting to sprout
A few recipe suggestions
If you’re not sure what to cook with your herbs once they’ve grown, here are a few ideas…
- Easy Irish Stew from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen (Thyme)
- Brunch Potatoes with Bacon & Eggs from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen (Thyme)
- Rustic Apple Galettes from Family Friends Food (Thyme)
- Herb Fougasse from Sneaky Veg (Sage & Thyme)
- Tuna Pasta from Peachicks Bakery (Sage)
- Homemade Gnocchi with Pesto from Jess Cantoni (Basil)
- Basil & Bean Stew from Madhouse Family Reviews (Basil)
- Corn Bread with Sundried Tomatoes, Cheddar & Basil from Only Crumbs Remain (Basil)
- Chicken Chilli con Carne from Easy Peasy Foodie
- Red Rice Turkey Meatballs from Everyday Made Fresh (Coriander)
Still going strong
As I said before, I’ve got a pack of 8 Sprout Pencils to giveaway (includes Basil, Sage Thyme, Cilantro/Coriander, Sunflower, Forget-Me-Not, Cherry Tomato & Calendula).
To be in with a chance of winning simply leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d cook with your herbs once they’ve grown. Once you’ve commented, log in to the Rafflecopter widget below using your email address or Facebook and click on the box to say “I commented”. It’s really important that you do the Rafflecopter bit otherwise your entry won’t count.
Once you’re logged into Rafflecopter you’ll find lots of bonus entry options. None of these are mandatory so you can just do the comment bit if you like, but the more you do, the more chance you have of winning.
Good luck everyone x
Terms & Conditions
- Closes at midnight (GMT) on Sunday 11th December 2016.
- Aged 18+
- UK residents only.
- The prize has been supplied by Sprout Pencils but will be sent by Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen.
- The winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of the closing date. They will have 28 days to claim their prize otherwise an alternative winner will be selected.
- Only one entry per person.