Organic grow box FAQ

Our our seeds actually organic?

 

Yes!

We work with local farmers and seed suppliers, and only purchase seeds with organic certification.

 

How many seeds do I get for each variety?

 

It depends!

We aim to provide enough seeds for you to grow at least 4-5 plants of each variety if desired (and sometimes many more), accounting for germination rates and seedling loss.

For small seeds, you'll receive 20-40 seeds per packet. Typically you'll plant 2-3 seeds per pod or hole.

For larger seeds, you'll receive 10-20 seeds per packet. Typically you'll plant 1-2 seeds per pod or hole.

Do you provide everything I need to grow my crop? Or do I need to purchase additional equipment?

 

It depends.

We provide everything you'll need to grow 16 healthy seedlings - but these seedlings need to find homes in pots, grow bags or garden beds to reach full maturity.

There's a 3 gallon (7 litre) grow bag in each organic grow box which can house 1-3 of these seedlings.

If you already have pots at home, or suitable garden beds, then you'll be able to plant out your seedlings without needing any further equipment.

If you don't have any pots at home, and no useable garden bed, you may need to purchase additional pots or grow bags to house the remainder of your seedlings.

Bear in mind, you get a new fabric grow bag with every box, so your grow bag collection will grow with each subsequent season.

How is this any different to cheaper seed subscriptions?

 

You can sign up to other seed subscription services for a lesser cost.

However, as far as we are aware - none of these subscriptions provide certified organic seeds, nor do they provide the additional growing materials required for harvest, nor ongoing tutorials and community support. They may also not be personalised to your growing location.

We believe our grow boxes represent the best value you can get for growing organics bar none.

If you were to go to your local garden store and buy 8 packets of standard, off the shelf GMO (non organic) seeds, as well as a box of seedling pods, a grow bag and worm castings, your bill would almost certainly be more than $50.

With us, the same $50-55 gets you 8 packets certified ORGANIC seed varieties - with personalised selection for your specific season and location - plus 16 biodegradable coir seed pods, a fabric grow bag, organic vermicompost, detailed growing cards and matched recipes - plus access to our growing community - delivered to your door.

We simply do not know of anywhere else you'll get anything resembling that kind of value and service.

Can I choose which seeds I get?

 

No - we hand pick your seeds for you. 

Part of our service is identifying which seeds are in season and appropriate for your climate and growing conditions - meaning you don't have to do that leg work, or guess. 

This way, you'll benefit from our expertise in selecting an appropriate mix of vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers for your growing season.

Our boxes contain 8 organic seed varieties, meaning you've plenty of varieties to work with. We try to make our seed mixes for each climate and season both practical as well as interesting - we're constantly on the hunt for exotic and rare varieties to include our seasonal mixes, so you're always intrigued.

Heirloom, organic, GMO, hybrid - what's the difference?

 

 

Heirloom seeds
Heirloom seeds come from open-pollinated plants that pass on similar characteristics and traits from the parent plant to the child plant. These species are at least 50 years old, and have not been artificially modified by genetic techniques. They allow you to save seed for further planting - which can be done over and over again.

Open pollinated refers to reproduction of plants via natural pollination, achieved either through self pollination or pollination from a plant of the same species but opposite sex, via wind, bird, or human hand. Open pollination produces offspring plants which are true representations of the parent plants.

GMO seeds
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms (in this case seeds) whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This is done in order to impart selective traits that may relate to yield, disease resistance, appearance or taste.

Are GMO seeds safe?

In the absence of quality long term trails, the simple answer is we do not know. However, the ability of GMOs to resist herbicides such as roundup has led to some unique problems.

The following is an excerpt from www.nongmoproject.org

More than 80% of all genetically modified crops grown worldwide have been engineered for herbicide tolerance.3 As a result, the use of toxic herbicides, such as Roundup®, has increased fifteenfold since GMOs were first introduced.4 In March 2015, the World Health Organization determined that the herbicide glyphosate (the key ingredient in Roundup®) is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Genetically modified crops also are responsible for the emergence of “superweeds” and “superbugs,” which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons such as 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange).5,6

Most GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture and are developed and sold by the world’s largest chemical companies. The longterm impacts of these GMOs are unknown. Once released into the environment, these novel organisms cannot be recalled

Hybrid seeds

Hybrid plants arise through cross pollination between plants of different species - as with GMOs, this is done to impart perceived beneficial traits into the hybridised plant.

Seeds produced by these plants are not reliable representatives of the parent hybrid plants, and may be of lesser quality and different form. Often, the seed is sterile. Therefore hybrid plants are not suited to seed saving and replanting.

Organic seeds

Organic is not a "type" of seed, but rather a manner of seed raising - typically a process that involves the use of no chemical adjuncts or fertilisers (or organic fertiliser only). In this way, some companies will claim their seeds to be "organic" despite being of GMO or hybrid origin - which technically is true, since the definition of organic often relies on the process of farming, rather than the heritage of the plant or seed.

Therefore, at A Little seedy we only use heirloom, open pollinated seed varieties grown using certified organic methods. This ensures the seed is natural, can be saved and replanted, and is free of any chemical interference or residue.

 

Subscription FAQ

Do you do one off boxes?

 

No, we do not. We consider single boxes to be a retail service.

We value training our growers and developing their gardening skillset over time, in a community format. We're not about selling as many boxes as we can - we'd sooner have a smaller but more meaningful community of growers. 

Repeat customers also mean we can charge less for our boxes - in fact, we believe our box contents would retail for MORE than we charge, even with personalisation and delivery to your door. If we were to sell single boxes, we'd have to increase the price to cover our costs - and we'd rather not do that. 

That said, you're free to cancel at any time you wish - there are no lock in contracts, so you can grow for one season if you wish. 

Can I pause or cancel my subscription whenever I like?

 

Yes, of course.

We're not at all interested in "locking" you into any contracts. We only want you growing with us in our community if you want to be there. 

When you join our growers group, you'll recieve an email inviting you to create an account - from your account you can click the "manage my subscription" option to pause, cancel or edit your subscription details. 

How does the subscription work? What are my payment intervals?

 

For the month leading up to each season (Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring) we accept new members for our organic growers club.

You'll be charged $55 on the date of your initial purchase. Your box will be sent in the first week of the season (1-4 weeks from purchase)

Subsequently, you'll be charged on the 15th of the month preceding each season on quarterly basis.

For example, if you join November 27th - you'll be charged $55 on this date, and receive your summer box in the first week of December.

Your next payment will be charged on 15th of February, and you'll receive your autumn box in the first week of March.

Your next payment would then be the 15th of May, and you'd receive your winter box in the first week of June. And so on.

There are no minimum subscription periods - you can cancel your subscription at anytime.

How much does it cost? 

 

Our organic growers club costs $55 per season (extra charge applies to WA and TAS customers). 

This includes delivery Australia wide.

When will I receive my grow box?

 

Our grow boxes are posted in the days prior to the start of each season. Delivery takes 2-3 business days in metro areas, 4-6 business in rural areas, and 6-9 business days for WA and TAS (to allow for quarantine inspections). You should recieve your grow box within the first 7-10 days of the new season. 

Do you offer a pre-pay option?

 

Yes!

In addition to our pay as you go subscription, you can also buy a year's subscription in advance - and receive a 7.5% discount on each box you receive.

Your subscription will not automatically renew at the end of the year - so you'll need to purchase again if you wish to keep receiving your organic grow boxes.

When can I subscribe?

We open a limited number of subscriptions in the month leading up to each new season (four times a year). As we're a team of two - and hand pack every box with love and care - we can only accept so many members at any time.

Between seasons we open a waiting list - and provide an access code to the subscription page prior to opening to the general public each season.

Please note - if you cancel your subscription after payment but prior to the delivery of your grow box, you'll receive your final grow box as planned and then your subscription will become inactive.

Refunds and returns

What is your refund policy?

 

We stand by the quality of our organic grow boxes.

That said - the success of your crop depends on many factors, including your access to sunlight, garden soil medium, your consistency in care, weather events and conditions, and pests. We cannot guarantee every seed you plant will be successful.

That said - we do offer refunds for the following

1) Your box has arrived with missing items, or damaged contents.

If this is the case, please notify us immediately. You'll be able to keep your box, and we'll refund you the cost.

2) Your seeds do not germinate. If you achieve less than a 60% germination rate from your seed packets whilst following our instructions, please notify us. We'll ask you to return the seeds to us via a reply paid envelope, and conduct a test of germination rate on the seeds in question. If germination is impaired, you'll be refunded the cost of your box.

3) You're unsatisfied with our product after receiving your first box

Our 100% money back guarantee is applicable with receipt of your first box. If you're not satisfied, contact us within 14 days for a full refund. Not applicable for subsequent orders. 

Please note - refunds are not offered if a order has been processed, and you contact us to tell us you'd forgotten to cancel in advance. This is not because we're cruel (we love our customers!) but rather because by the time your order is processed for a new season, we've already bought your box contents and taken the time to pack them! If you'd like to cancel or pause your subscription, please do so in the many weeks between seasons. 

Do you guarantee successful harvests?

 

Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee successful harvests for every member.

This is for somewhat obvious reasons. Whilst we provide you with quality seed and the materials and education to grow them - even experienced gardeners can lose plants or entire crops from time to time.

This is because of the high number of variables which are involved in successful organic gardening. Soil type, access to sunlight, watering technique and frequency, use of fertilisers, weather conditions, pets, pests and other factors are all at play when raising your own organic garden.

We teach you how to control these variables to the best degree possible - but we cannot entirely eliminate the role of luck, weather and experience in your gardening success.

As members of our organic growers club, you'll have access to our online community. If your seedlings or plants are struggling or dying, be sure to seek help there - where we and or your fellow organic growers will be able to help and support you.

Becoming an organic gardener is a journey. Successes and failures - and the lessons learned from these - is a natural and important part of this road.

Do you guarantee germination rates?

 

Yes we do, provided you follow the instructions in our grow guide.

Whilst we normally see 70-80% germination rates ourselves, we guarantee at least a 60% germination rate as a baseline.

If you're seeds are germinating at a rate less than 60%, we'll ask you to return the seeds to us for testing (via reply paid envelope) to ensure it's not a systemic issue with that batch of seed.

We'll then replace your seeds at no cost to you.

If germination failure is confirmed by our testing, we'll also be refunded the cost of that season's grow box, in addition to sending you new seeds.