Update: This competition is now over. Congratulations to Fourlildarlins, Sarah White and Jodi Mollard!
I received one of each of the Mr Fothergill’s Little Gardeners range.
I’m really hoping both my children enjoy being in the garden, planting, watering and watching things grow. As a novice I don’t always get things right, but I learn each time I make a mistake and it makes for a better crop the next time around. I want to get my kids involved early so it becomes completely second nature to them.
At the moment neither of them get excited about a cucumber, but I’m thinking the bright colours and fun activities that go with the Mr Fothergill’s Little Gardeners range for kids will hold their attention at this age. Abby is not yet two and while she loves playing in and around the garden, it’s not really geared for her age group. I had her help me set up the brightly-coloured Mr Fothergill pots, and talked to her about what we were going to grow while she put 47 stickers on one pot and tried to eat the soil mix. She didn’t like that very much.
While I think it’s important children learn to garden without gimmicks, I also think it doesn’t hurt to give something solely to them to play with and learn from in the very early stages. These pots come in the coolest ranges and are super-simple for tiny hands to plant. And I have no shame in admitting I was curious about the Tickling Mimosa, a plant that will move when you touch its leaves. I can’t wait for it to get bigger so I can test it out!
For starters though, we planted a tomato and a sunflower. You just add water to the potting mix disc, plant the seeds and water. The smaller Windowsill pots have the lid put back on like a mini greenhouse, and the bigger Grow and Create ones come with stickers to decorate and activity sheets to accompany. I got my colour on big time. They also come with recipes so the kids can learn what to do with the produce they grow, and introduce them to healthy eating.
They are all available at Bunnings, KMart and independent garden retailers, or online at mrfothergills.com.au. Or, you can win one of three packs right here if you so desire!
You will get eight items in each pack – all of the Windowsill range (Lemonade Plant (lemon balm), Lolly Plant (stevia), Mini Strawberry and Mini Tomato), and all of the Grow and Create range (Flower Power (edible flowers), Mini Tomato, Mini Sunflower, and Tickling Mimosa).
A little bit fun, no?! Just leave a comment answering the question: What’s your favourite thing to grow (or wish you could grow) and why?
Mine’s tomatoes. They’re just so easy and so delicious and so prolific.
Entries will close February 12, 2013 at 5pm Queensland time. Please make sure you’re contactable. Entries will be judged on merit and three winners chosen (woohoo!) Unfortunately due to quarantine restrictions, entrants must be Australian and the Grow and Create Tickling Mimosas cannot be sent to WA and Tasmania… they will be replaced with another product. Any questions, fire away!
Good luck… and if you win, let me know what you think of the Tickling Mimosa!