Irish presenter Maia Dunphy with Sam and Chloe McDonald launching the Energia and GIY Get Ireland Growing initiative. Photo: Rollingnews.ie

All you need in a box

These free boxes have everything you need to start growing your own herbs and vegetables at home.

Energia has partnered with not for profit social enterprise GIY, to launch the first national Energia Get Ireland Growing (GIG) Day on 19 June. To help encourage people across the nation to get involved, Energia is giving away 1,000 large boxes to people across Ireland worth €45,000.

With the pandemic forcing us to stay at home, there has been a surge in interest in growing your own food and over the past 12 months online searches for organic food have increased.

Energia Get Ireland Growing in partnership with GIY for the fifth consecutive year aims to make it easy for you to grow your own vegetables at home, to help power a more sustainable future in your community.

The boxes also have a bag of Irish Wildflower Beebombs which help re-create bee habitats and are vital to help the threatened species survive.

Energia GIG Ambassador Maia Dunphy said: “It’s so important that we all learn how to become more sustainable, and our future depends on it. I’ve recently enrolled in a Masters in climate change policy to help expand my knowledge on helping to protect our planet.

“Initiatives like the Energia Get Ireland Growing campaign are so important and help us to see how we can all do our part in creating a more sustainable future for Ireland.”

The boxes are designed for all living situations whether you are in an apartment or have a garden, everyone can still grow herbs and vegetables. All people need to do is fill out a simple registration form at getirelandgrowing.ie to enter the draw for one of the 1,000 free GROWBoxes. Energia and GIY will help support you on your seed growing journey this summer with an array of tips and tricks and the newly launched GIY app.

Mick Kelly, Founder of GIY, said: “Early summer is the perfect time to start your food growing journey and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone planting seeds on the first ever Energia Get Ireland Growing Day on 19 June.”

Commenting on the Get Ireland Growing initiative, Marketing Acquisition & Sponsorship Manager at Energia, Amy O’Shaughnessy said: “The Energia GROWBox gives you everything you need to start growing your own vegetables at home.

“We hope to spread the joy of growing across all local communities and bring the fun and wellness benefits to as many people as possible this summer.”

The boxes contain all you need to get growing straight away. It's got an array of seeds, pots, compost block and tips to help your seeds grow ready for your plate.

It includes:

5 x seed packs: beetroot, carrot, peas, mixed oriental greens and basil

1 x hessian bag of Irish wildflower beebombs (15/bag)

Compost

Fibre seed trays

Rice husk pots

Get Ireland Growing tips and recipe cards

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