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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Great for kids and adults, highly recommend
By Emily W.
I love this kit. I bought it over a year ago, for myself (an adult). I enjoy gardening, but have limited space and skill, and also have very immature aesthetic taste (I still have bright pink and purple sheets, little dolls on my shelf, etc.), so I tend to do well with small, simple kits marketed for children. All three types of seeds (zinnia, sunflower, and basil) grew, and the two flowering plants produced nice flowers. Some 15 months later, the basil is still growing strong, trying to take over the world from my kitchen windowsill. I did transfer it to a larger pot within a few months of it sprouting, but apart from that, I just water when it looks dry (usually every 2-3 days at this point, but it's gone over a week without water and pulled through unscathed), and trim it when it starts to flower (I sometimes let it go longer than I should, even up to a couple weeks after the flowers appear, and it's still doing fine). I actually use it sometimes in cooking, and also now have a jar of dried leaves from when I haven't used enough fresh basil to keep up with my plant.
I've been very happy with all of the Green Toys products I've encountered, and this is no exception (I only have this and a jumprope myself, but I've bought another item or two for my goddaughters, I think, and have also seen/touched/examined them in stores and such many times). The plastic looks and feels great, the flower pots and tray are very cute, and everything fits together nicely. It feels sturdy and well-made, and even after leaving it outside for the past year or so (I didn't bring it back inside after I transplanted by plants), it has held it's color, survived the elements, and basically looks and feels as good as new, apart from a bit of dirt, which I'm sure will easily wash off if I bother to try... but I don't really see much reason to remove all traces of dirt from the inside of a flower pot before I reuse it.
I also like that this is made from recycled milk bottles, although I do also understand that the recycling process for plastic is not without its own environmental impact. However, it is still better than non-recycled plastic, and if I'm going to purchase a plastic item (as is often the case for both toys and flower pots), I'd rather it's recycled. I also like that the packaging is just recycled cardboard, and doesn't involve tons of unnecessary plastic and such (plus it's relatively easy to open, since it's basically just a cardboard box).
I would recommend this for children of all ages, as well as any adults who find it appealing. Use your own judgement (if your child eats dirt, there's no reason expect this would be an exception), but I don't see any reason that the plastic portion of this toy (the flower pots, tray, and shovel) wouldn't be suitable even for infants. The plant portion of it (i.e. the dirt and seeds) is harmless for babies, but also won't be particularly appealing to tiny ones. However, this toy may be appropriate for even very young children, as soon as they either have the skills to do it themselves, or are happy to have a grown-up do it for them and see the plant grow, which might be anywhere from 12 months to 5 years (or more, but I'd expect that a typically developing child would be able to do this with adult assistance, and accept said assistance, by the age of 5), depending on the child. I'd also anticipate that the cute design of the pots and pea-pod tray would appeal to children at least up to the preteen range, and likely well beyond that. Although the shovel is small enough for young children to handle, it is also appropriate for older (and larger) people, and works well for indoor gardening, using smaller pots like these. Like many adults, I use child-size gardening tools with my smaller flower pots, as the full-size tools are simply too big to fit easily in little pots. I can, of course, handle full-size tools, but the smaller ones have their use as well.
Update: my basil finally died, after about two years. I'm now using the little pots to grow a new round of seeds (basil, using the remaining seeds from this kit, in one pot, and strawberries and onions in the other two). I left the pots and tray outside for over a year and a half, and I think the colors may have faded slightly in that time, but not much, and, of course, I did have to clean off some dirt that had accumulated, but they are basically still good as new.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Good product could be improved
Good product for teaching how to plant a seed, however, the pots didn't come with drain holes and the soil molded within 2 days. I drilled holes into each pot for drainage and then the seeds grew and mold went away (after placing in the direct sun for 3 days.) Seeds are good quality but need transplanting. I suggest the manufacturer give out seeds that can stay in the pots like herbs so it's a longer grow time in the pots. Pots are great quality as well as we appreciate the recycled plastic!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful. See all 77 customer reviews...
Interesting and fun toy...
By Ann Wallach
Easy to use and the good news is everything is growing - even given the limited sunlight it is getting through a window in December in the Northeast US.
My one complaint was that the directions were not all that clear - if you had never worked with the little "soil disks" which we had not, you would not have known that the best thing to do is to add the water and WAIT AN HOUR for the soil to expand before trying to plant.