Advice for planters of Woolworths Discovery Garden: Don’t make these mistakes

Sep 21, 2019
Some examples being posted online by those warning of mistakes in planting Image source: @plasticfreebrisbane @mouthofmums

A few of us have been unboxing and potting our Woolworths Discovery Garden seed sets as soon as we return from the shops, only to make some pretty fundamental mistakes amongst our enthusiasm.   So we’ve got some important tips for Discovery Garden growers on when to plant your seeds and how to nurture your seedlings that might make the whole experience a little more successful.  After all, none of us want to fail at growing these simple, useful little seedlings when it looks so easy.

Find out when and where you should plant each type of seed (and get the season and conditions right before you start)

Firstly, be sure to look at the planting guide on the Woolworths website.  They lay out each of the 24 types of seeds provided in the discovery garden program, and what the ideal time is to sow them.  The website will also tell you what conditions they like to be raised in – whether that is sun or shade or a combination of both.

One community member reported “Don’t do what we did – which is get a mad rush of blood to the head and start planting every single seed as soon as you get them! All of the seeds have different growing seasons, and you’ll need to be patient before planting them.”

For example, the beetroot seeds we planted this week are for planting in late winter to autumn.  Whereas, the kale seeds are meant to be for late summer to early winter.

Basil: Spring to summer

Beetroot: Late winter to autumn

Bok Choi: Spring to autumn

Cabbage: Summer to autumn

Carrot: All year round, except winter in cool areas

Chamomile: Spring to early summer

Chives: Spring to autumn

Coriander: Spring to summer

Cress:  Any season

Dianthus: Spring and autumn

Dill: Spring to autumn

Kale: Late summer to winter

Lettuce: Late winter to autumn

Onion: Autumn to winter

Oregano: Spring to autumn

Parsley: Spring to autumn

Rocket: Any season

Spinach: Late summer to winter

Tomato: Early spring to summer

Sunflower: Spring to early summer


Make your own plant name tags with paddle pop sticks

The cardboard name tags that come with your discovery garden pot will quickly deteriorate once they get a little wet, so find some paddle pop sticks around the house that you can write on with a felt tipped pen for labelling the seeds when you plant them.  One person recommended using mini magnum sticks as per the picture.

Hunt around in your fridge for plastic containers that can make good greenhouses

Strawberry punnets and kiwi fruit punnets makes terrific greenhouses that will encourage little seeds to sprout.  It’s a great idea that many a home-seed-raising gardener will tip you off with.

Images: @plasticfreebrisbane @mouthofmums


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