How to Build Your Own Discovery Garden
You’ve probably heard the latest craze from social media around Woolworth’s Discovery Garden campaign which sees shoppers receive one seedling kit with every $30 they spend. In order to complete the “discovery garden”, one must collect 24 different vegetables, herbs and flower which includes: beetroot, bok choy, basil, chamomile, carrot, chives, cabbage, dianthus, kale, onion, radish, tomato, coriander, cress, dill, oregano, parsley, rocket, thyme, sunflower, spinach dianthus, pansy, snapdragon and viola.
The thing is, you don’t have to go to Woolies to do this yourself - and it’s a brilliant way to get your kids or grandkids in the garden and learning a little bit about where their food comes from!
When it comes to building your own discovery garden, sprouting them all at once or growing them little by little really depends on the space that you have available in your home. If you have got a small backyard or balcony, it will make most sense to harvest them over longer periods of time. On the other hand, if you’ve got more space to work with, feel free planting those seedlings in larger batches. Keep in mind which season the plants thrive in. Do a little research online or open up a good gardening book to find information.
There is a really clever way to do this yourself and all it takes is a a household item, some potting mix and seedlings! We can’t take credit for it - Earth911 are the geniuses who found this nifty method.
Get a toilet paper roll and cut eight small slits into the roll upwards.
Fold the strips down so they overlap and create a “base”
Fill will some damp potting mix, poke a small hole with a finger, fill with seedlings, cover it up with more potting mix and there you go!
Follow the broader instructions on the seedling pack when it comes to planting depth, watering, sunlight exposure and general care.
Enjoy creating these clever little gems over the weekend!