Expert Advice: How to Grow Woolworths Discovery Garden Plants



Is your kitchen window sill about to bristle with Woolworths Discovery Garden pots? Take note of some handy tips and troubleshooting from a gardening expert, so your fundraising efforts (and dollars) don’t go to waste.




Woolworths Discovery Garden is back from Wednesday, February 10. The promotional campaign allows buyers to receive a seedling kit for every $ 30 they spend.




There are 24 different seeds of vegetables, herbs and flowers to harvest: scallion, cabbage, carrots, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, silver beet, red basil, chives, thyme, oregano, lemon balm, sage, blueberry, salvia , dianthus, phacelia, lavender, poppy, aster, zinnia, pansy and Swan River daisy.




Woolworths relished the good green vibe when the supermarket chain first launched the Discovery Garden campaign in 2019, saying it hoped the promotion would inspire a new generation of green thumbs. This cycle aims to encourage pollination through seedlings that attract bees.




To help you get the most out of your collection efforts, take note of the lessons learned on the first tour of Discovery Garden when Canstar asked Bunnings gardening expert Mill Wallasvaara to help resolve some of the potential pain points.












I have collected a lot of Discovery Garden Seedling Kits – should I try to germinate them all at once?




If you have a small yard or balcony, it’s a good idea to stagger edible seed plantings a bit so you can harvest them over longer periods. However, if you have a more spacious garden or a lot of pots to plant them in, you can plant them all at the same time. Flower seedlings in particular can look great when planted all together and in bloom.
















How do I determine which Discovery Garden seeds to plant now?




Take a look online or in a good gardening book to see what the best time of year is for each type of plant.




My Discovery Garden Seedling Kits have germinated – what should I do with them now?




Once your seeds have germinated, the seedlings should be planted in a pot or garden bed so that they can continue to grow and flourish.




How do I know when my Discovery Garden seedlings are right to plant in the ground or in a pot?




When the seedlings have sprouted and opened their second set of leaves, they are large enough to be planted elsewhere. Keep an eye out for snails as they love to eat fresh seedlings.




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Some of my Discovery Garden seedling pots have mold. How can I deal with this? Is it good to plant them like that?




Organic pots will develop mold if they get wet and don’t flow freely after being watered. Try moving the seedlings to a sunnier position like a window sill and let the pots drain freely so they don’t sit in a saucer of water. It’s okay to plant pots with mold in them, as organic pots will decompose in the soil over time anyway.




Should I feed my Discovery Garden seedlings?




Once the seedlings have grown their second set of leaves, they will begin to need fertilizer. When planting, use a granular fertilizer or a slow release fertilizer mixed with the soil. If you are using top quality potting soil, this will not be necessary as the fertilizer is already included in the mix. Just be sure to follow the directions on the package, as using too much can damage the young plants. Alternatively, a liquid fertilizer can be used once or twice a week, but again, be sure to follow the directions.




A man who gardens.
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How often should I water my Discovery Garden plants?




Herbs and vegetables require regular watering. How often varies depending on the position they are in (for example, whether they are potted or planted in the ground and the type of soil). Typically, herbs and vegetables will require daily watering to keep them growing. The best way to check if the plants need watering is to put your finger in the soil – if it’s wet, the plants are happy. However, you don’t want soggy soil either, so make sure your herbs and vegetables have plenty of drainage.




Fruit plants (and trees) also require regular watering and again, the frequency will vary depending on the position they are in. However, if you have good quality soil (which contains good organic matter and good water holding capacity), deep watering (making sure the root system is completely soaked) once or twice a week. will suffice in most cases. Deep watering is best because it encourages the roots to grow up to the soil profile to access available water away from the soil surface, which can dry out quickly.




Water saving tips for gardeners:




  • Add organic matter: Adding organic matter such as compost or rotten manure can help the soil retain more moisture and provide nutrients for your plants to grow.
  • Add mulch: It can help your plants retain water and prevent weeds. This is important because weeds compete for water and nutrients with your plants and can also attract unwanted pests. Sugarcane mulch or pea straw is especially good for vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruit plants as it helps suppress weeds and retain water, as well as rot over time. , which increases organic matter in the soil.
  • Use pots or planters: In very dry parts of Australia, growing herbs, vegetables, and flowers in pots or planters is a great way to manage watering. Using a top quality potting soil is also preferable, as all the nutrients needed to achieve a good result are already included. Add mulch to the soil of your plants to help keep the potting soil moist and a saucer to catch runoff water.




















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The Woolworths Discovery Garden site also provides this advice in a list of frequently asked questions, part of which is reproduced below.




1. What’s in each Woolworths Discovery Garden Seedling Kit?




  • Seed mat – a small number of seeds of the same type of plant, for example an herb or a vegetable, are embedded in paper.
  • Coconut dumpling – a coconut shell pod.
  • Pot – a small pot of seedlings to put in the soil and seeds.
  • Vegetable label – a colored cardboard label that will identify what grows in each pot.




Woolworths seedling
The Woolworths Discovery Garden Seedling Kit. A kit is given to buyers every time they spend $ 30. Image: Woolworths.




2. Why are my Discovery Garden seeds not germinating?




Seed performance is subject to growing conditions. Most seeds should germinate within a week or two of being planted, although some may take longer. However, some seeds may not germinate and if you still don’t see a seedling, it may be because:




  • The ground was not wet enough or was too wet.
  • The seeds were not sufficiently covered with soil.
  • The coconut ball was too tight.
  • The pots were placed in a location that was too windy, too cold or too hot.




3. The leaves of my Discovery Garden plant are turning yellow, what should I do?




It can be caused by various things. You may be watering too much or too little, or your plant may be getting too much or not enough light.




4. Why do some plants have roots sticking out of the pot?




If the roots are sticking out of the pot, it’s time to repot them. For more information on repotting, visit Woolworths.com.au/repotting.




5. Can I leave the plants in the small pots when I repot them?




Yes, you don’t need to remove the plant from the pot. The pot is made from plant fibers so that the roots of the seedlings easily grow through the sides and bottom of the pot.




6. I think insects are eating my plants, what should I do?




You can use a small amount of natural pesticide to protect your plants. Pesticides should only be applied by adults. Remember to read the instructions carefully.




7. Does the type of pot I use to repot the seedling matter?




No, as long as it has drainage holes.




A boy gardening
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8. Why are my pots and plants moldy?




Mold is caused by humidity in the air. You can wipe it off with a tissue.




9. Where should I put the small seedling pot after I have planted the seeds?




You can use the specially designed seed pot collector’s tray ($ 4 at Woolworths, while supplies last, limit five per person, per transaction). Or place the pot on a clean saucer and in a light, warm place. Check the soil morning and night to make sure it is not too dry. Try to keep the soil just moist all the time. As soon as a small plant appears, a seed has germinated!
















After germination, you can find instructions inside Woolworths Discovery Garden’s cardboard seedling package or at Woolworths.com.au/discoverygarden. Make sure you don’t leave your small seedling pot too wet, otherwise you may see mold or small fungus starting to appear during the germination process.




10. When will I know when my plants are ready for harvest?




The name of your pop-out seed will have an estimated harvest time. However, there are many factors that can influence how quickly a plant reaches maturity.




11. What are Woolworths Discovery Garden Seed Kits made of?




  • Each seedling kit comes in a cardboard box with useful information and instructions.
  • The seed identification tag is made of cardboard.
  • The pot is made from vegetable fibers.
  • The earth pellet is made from coconut.




12. Which Woolworths Discovery Garden Seedling Kits help attract bees?




There are a number of different seeds that are known to help some of our favorite pollinators: chives, blueberries, lemon balm, oregano, red basil, sage, thyme, aster, lavender, phacelia, poppy, salvia, swan river daisy. , zinnia, spring onion, cabbage, carrot, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, beetroot and spinach. It might be a good idea to plant them alongside your other growing herbs and vegetables to help them grow too.