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Home » Gardening and pest control, Green news, Green parenting

Dig in and get free seeds

Submitted by on Saturday, 11 April 2009 Loading Add to favourites  12 Comments

free-seeds-from-bbc-diginAs part of BBC’s Dig In series, you can get some free seeds. The aim of the series is to introduce the joys and benefits of growing your own.

It saves money, reduces packaging and you don’t need an allotment or a pair of wellies!

All you need is a willingness to get your hands dirty and have some fun!

Free seeds

It’s easy to get some free seeds – you’ll be sent tomatoes, squash, beetroot, lettuce and carrots by filling in a simple form on their site.

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You’ll also get access to some helpful videos and most importantly, some delicious recipes to help you make the most of your crop!

kids can help too!

If you have avid gardeners under the age of 16, then they can get their own seeds from the CBeebies website!

Letting children grow their own food is an amazing experience for them, which teaches so much. It can, of course, be incorporated into home education.

What about you? Are you going to grow your own this year? what will you be growing?

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  • Sarah says:

    Cool, off to apply for seeds ……

    We do grow a fair bit ourselves every year anyway but always up for freebies and trying new things.

    So far this year, my spuds are in and I have carrot, courgette, melon, pumpkin, carrot, tomato and sunflowers sown. Still got to do salad, herbs, different pumpkins, peas, oh loads…..

    Good luck with your growing!
    Sarah

  • Maureen says:

    Thanks for posting about this offer! I sent away for my seeds and wrote about it on my blog too – with a link back to yours. I’ve never grown squash or beetroot but I’m looking forward to trying.

  • Mrs Green says:

    @Sarah: Thanks Sarah – sounds like you are well ahead. I got my first sowing done today! I’m still pulling out last year’s weeds.
    Ho hum.
    Enjoy the freebies 🙂

    @Maureen: You’re welcome Maureen. Beetroot are one of my favourites, but I’ve never grown squash; so that will be interesting. Thank you for linking back to the site – I really appreciate that 🙂

  • Cool idea and what a nice offer from the good old BBC. I get to see Dr Who, which appears on the Sci-fi channel here in the USA, but I miss the BBC. I could have been a Blue Peter fan for life. Is that still on? Seems like getting kids to plant a garden would be right up their street!

  • Mrs Green says:

    Hi Alison,
    As far as I know Blue Peter is still alive and well (we don’t have a TV), but you’re right – kids in the garden would be an excellent idea.

    Glad to hear you can still see Dr Who over there! What are you planting this year?

  • I’m planting a lot, if I get everything in! So far I have radish, lettuce, onions and peas growing. Our temperatures in Kansas have been up and down like crazy so things are growing VERY slowly. I have a couple of things I can already harvest though – green garlic, and spring greens which resprouted from last fall’s planting.

    Right now the soil is too wet to dig, or I’d be working on making some extra space for planting. I also have seeds I need to plant indoors, which is something I need to master.

    I write about my Kansas garden corner every Thursday.

  • Mrs Green says:

    @Alison Kerr, Earthonaut: Well done Alison; it can take such a long time. I’m planning on completing my sowing now, but it’s just started raining!

    How lovely that you can harvest already. Some of our herbs are up, which is great. At least we can have salad garnishes and fresh herb teas.

    I’ll check out your gardening post this Thursday – thanks! Which are the easiest things to grow in your climate?

  • Michelle says:

    I am happy to report that our veggies and herbs are growing (and that I haven’t killed them!). We have a variety of herbs, two kinds of lettuce, chard, peas, bush beans, “magic beans” from our favorite farmer, an artichoke, 2 varieties of peppers, 2 types of eggplant, a yellow squash, carrots and some tomatoes. Phew. It makes me tired just reading all of those! The kids are excited to be involved and are starting to get a bit competitive over whose seeds have sprouted first. Uh Oh!

  • Mrs Green says:

    Hi Michelle; what great news about the seeds. I was so excited yesterday because I went out to find 1 tiny kale seedling in the morning. By lunchtime there were 3 more and by evening there were 8! It was obviously a good growing day LOL!

    You have plenty of things to keep you busy and how lovely that your kids are interested too. Our daughter doesn’t seem to want to do much with the garden this year, except sit in her favourite tree and read 🙂

  • Free Seeds says:

    Thanks you for this information. I love to grow tomatoes.

  • Travis says:

    I’ve been gardening for a while now… being a vegetarian, it’s the most efficient way to get healthy, natural produce. Not to mention it’s fun too!

    While I find that growing fruits / veggies will obviously give you usable food, just growing anything can be an enriching experience. Not only that, but gardening sort of teaches you to appreciate nature I think, something a lot of people are taking for granted these days. It shows how much work and time can go into just growing a single plant.

    -Travis

  • Mrs Green says:

    @Free Seeds: Glad you like to grow tomatoes; free seeds – any particular favourite brand we should know about? We’re fans of gardener’s delight; but are open to new suggestions.

    @Travis: Hi Travis, growing your own certainly ticks all the boxes in terms of health, food miles, seasonal eating and free exercise – not to mention the feel good factor of being a little self sufficient. I agree with you about the reverence side. I was a lot more wasteful before I realised the amount of time, energy, care and water that goes into growing things.