Cardwell Garden Centre has launched a Grow Your Own Brexit Survival Kit for people worried about food shortages if Britain leaves the European Union without a trade deal.
Bosses at the popular centre, near Gourock, have created a pack of 12 different vegetable seeds to plant, which can provide a year-long supply of nutritious food.
The move comes after reports that many people fear a food shortage if there’s a no deal Brexit and goods from Europe are delayed at customs.
There are a growing number of people – known as Brexit Preppers – who have been stockpiling food in case of these shortages and there has been an increase in social media sites dealing with the issue.
According to Government figures, the UK is only 60% self-sufficient when it comes to food and 70% of its food imports come from the EU.
But according to Cardwell, one way of making sure families have plenty of fresh vegetables, no matter the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, is to grow their own.
Their survival pack includes easy-to-grow carrots, peas, lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, broad beans, spinach, Kale and pumpkin.
Paul Carmichael, retail general manager at the garden centre said:
“There has been a huge amount of publicity surrounding the potential for food shortages if there’s a no deal Brexit.
“So, we’ve put together our own Grow Your Own Brexit Survival Kit that means people can have plenty of fresh vegs even if the worst comes to the worst and there are problems getting vegetables from Europe.
“As we say on our packaging there are no customs controls out your own back garden!”
“Even if a Brexit deal is thrashed out, it’s always good to grow your own as it’s more rewarding, helps reduce the carbon footprint with no need for transportation and doesn’t use plastic packaging.”
Cardwell’s horticulturist, Brian Hawthorn explained:
“Our Grow Your Own Brexit Survival Kit contains varieties of vegetables that are popular and easy to grow outdoors or indoors, in the ground or in containers.
“With the easy to follow instructions you’ll need the minimum of gardening expertise and equipment. Many of the vegetables are suitable for sowing more than one crop per year.
“Fresh veg is full of vitamins and minerals and all you have to do is regular water and feed the plants with the right fertiliser.
“Leafy salads and smaller vegetables can be successfully grown indoors planted in containers left on a bright window ledge.”