I was recently sent some Daddy and Me Planter Crates to review from Plantabox. The pair of wooden crates come in the same colour, but each can be personalised with a different message. They both include planting liners, so you can create your own mini gardens as soon as they arrive.

The Large Crate measures: 53cm x 36cm x 26cm. The Small Crate measures: 31cm x 20cm x 15cm. Both crates are made of sustainable FSC pine and both are professionally treated and coloured. You choose from 1 of 10 colours during the order process, and both crates are then painted before having your personalised message added to the front. You can add 24 / 18 characters per line.

I opted for the Rustic Pine colour as I thought it would go best with the decking in our garden. When they arrived, they were very well packed. I was really taken by the quality of the boxes when I unboxed them. Both crates had been stained and then my individual messages had been printed onto them.

DaddyGeek has just got an allotment so is spending a lot of time digging, and Syd gets upset when she can’t go with him. I hoped these boxes would give her the opportunity to get stuck in and do some digging when at home. As mentioned earlier, both boxes come with a liner. I helped Syd to set up her planter, and we opted to tuck the excess liner down the sides of the box once the soil had been added. You can see it peeking up in the photos below, which show our planting experience.

Syd planted a lavender bush in her crate. Before you add your compost, you need to make some small drainage holes in the liner – along the gaps between the base planks to allow excess water to drain out. We opted to plant herbs in our boxes as they are child safe, and I won’t need to worry about the kids messing with them (Or Sam eating them)! The crate was really easy to work with, and it’s the perfect size for small fingers to enjoy!

DaddyGeek opted to cut off the excess liner from his crate. Personally, I don’t think this looks as neat. He planted Lavender, Oregano, Rosemary, Mint and Chives in his box.

We sprinkled a few “wild flower seeds” around them as well. I wasn’t convinced these would grow, but after only 5 days, our first shoot appeared! (See it in the photo below)!

The kids have loved taking it in turns to water the plants (or flowers as Syd calls them). Syd in particular has been lovingly tending to them. Sam has had a go watering them, and he’s spent time exploring the plants too. He spent ages touching the oregano one day last week – I think he liked the delicateness of it.

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We have put the planters on the decking, and will move them around the garden from time to time so the decking does’t become damp underneath them.

The Daddy And Me set retails at £49.95 which I think is a good price. They are sturdy, well made and feel like they will last a long time. I have fallen in love with these planter crates, and am already thinking we need a “Planted by Mummy” and a “Planted By Sam” set, as well as a pair of the square planter crates to go by the front door.

Plant A Box have a huge range of gift ideas on their website. I can’t help but think this particular set would make a really sweet Father’s Day gift. What do you think?

This is not a sponsored post. We were sent the planters to review, but all words and opinions are my own.

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