Founded by Gerry Murphy in 2014, Growseed has slowly developed into a known brand name within the seed industry. Starting off in 2010 with a view to provide fresh food for the family, Gerry quickly managed to provide for his growing family by becoming self-sufficient in all vegetables grown and a range of soft fruit.
Learning to grow, store, can and preserve a range of products certainly became an experiment along the way. Including growing hops and wheat for home-made beer and cider!
Ever frustrated with the constant introduction of new vegetables seeds. It felt as if a new range was introduced every season! Little was being done to adapt the current range or change planting and growing habits based on recent climate changes – many of the growing instructions today have not changed since that seed variety was first introduced in the UK! In some cases, nearly a 100 years ago!
Gerry quickly discovered there was little information to be found in the UK or on traditional allotment sites. So, turning to Canada and Northern America for inspiration, where growing seasons are very limited, Gerry decided to apply the same principles here to extend the growing season or getting an early start.
Experimenting with lost technology such as heat beds or using more modern geothermal methods, Gerry began to experiment with the range of seed that was on offer in the UK and foundation of Growseed began.
Taking a variety of seeds Gerry’s core focus has and always has been to find a variety of seed that meets our strict criterial that is still in use today.
Germination – Does the seed have a high germination rate.?
Crop Yield – Does the plant produce a good or large crop for time of growth?
Taste – Does the fruit or vegetable have a great taste?
Once Gerry found a range of seed that met all three of his requirements, he stuck with it and only used that crop to grow that specific range. Later experiments involved throwing the rule book out the window and focused on multi sowings, starting or extending a fruit or vegetable by one month or in some cases establishing a crop all year.
Expanding & Experimenting
As we look to the future Growseed is slowly extending its product range. Starting off with just 24 different packet of seeds this has now grown to over 314 varieties with many more in trials.
We have also started to expand our product range to include flowers, an often-requested item, as well as Pots & Trays.
Modern Tips & Advice
2021 has been the year our Growseed companion app has launched. It’s ready to download, however it’s still in the very early stages. As time allows, we will update the app with more detailed and specific growing methods and advice.
For now, if you get stuck or have a question in regard to growing, extending the growing season, using grow lights or more then please feel free to drop us a message.
Getting our Hands Dirty
We’re more than just seed merchants--we garden and enjoy it just like you! Rain or shine, our weekends are spent growing, caring and harvesting crops at our allotment. We grow everything from mushrooms to beer, and rice to potatoes. There's always something to try and experiment!
Helping you sow and grow successfully
Grow Seed is committed to your garden’s success. All of our seed is tested twelve months in advance to ensure a good germination rate, and each variety we offer has been grown in our own allotments at home. This means we have personal experience with every single variety we offer.
Have a question or need a tip? Feel free to drop us a line!
Grow Seed is also committed to doing our best for the environment; therefore we’ve reduced packaging wherever possible. Not only does this reduce the amount of rubbish taken to the landfill, but it also reduces cost as well. Everyone wins!
We are a small family run business based in South Wales, UK. Established in October 2014.
• On average we triple our growth yearly.
• All of our carbon and that produced by delivery companies has been off set by planting trees annually.
• All of our seeds are Quality tested to ensure they pass the Growseed guarantee.
• We grow and consume what we sell, enabling us to give unique insights and growing information for each and every product we have available.
• Our delivery costs are fair with free delivery starting at £10
Grow Seed is APHA (formally known as DEFRA) approved Licence No: 7536
Over the years we continue to make gardening open and accessible for all, by offering seeds at a competitive cost. We have founded and created a seed for school program and donated over £10,000 worth of seed annually to various projects, charity events and communities in need.
Facing a large number of challenges 2020 of course was one of our biggest challenges dealing with a surge in orders, limited staff and restricted working environments was one of our hardest moments in business to date.
As our business Grows, we have slowly adapted an “extended” family.
The founder, head of plant sales and purchases, research and development.
Has been growing for over 20 years. Is a garlic and onion nut. Favourite cooked vegetable: Parsnips, roasted in a tin covered in honey or better yet braised!
Inspiration & Customer Service.
Enjoys growing flowers. Favourite cooked vegetable: Peas, you can’t beat fresh peas!
Customer Service & Production.
Loves to grow peas and focuses a lot on container gardening. Favourite cooked vegetable: Potato, you can do anything with it!
Head of social media & digital.
Keen microgreen grower. Favourite cooked vegetable: Spinach. The only way to enjoy is boiled.
Grows runner beans yearly.