Frequently asked questions
ABOUT THE PROMOTION
What is the Little Garden promotion?
Little Garden is an exciting collectible promotion where customers in all New World supermarkets around the country are rewarded with a special seedling giveaway; one for every $40 they spend in store. Little Garden will run for 6 weeks from Monday 4 September to Sunday 15 October 2017. Spend excludes tobacco, cigarettes, Gift Cards, Lotto purchases and Christmas Club top ups.
Who is Little Garden for?
Little Garden is perfect for anyone interested in growing their own vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs, with one exception: the Little Garden seedling kits are NOT suitable for children under 3 as they contain small parts and may pose a choking hazard. More information about growing Little Garden seedling kits can also be found here
Where’s Little Garden happening?
At all New World stores throughout the country
Why is New World/Foodstuffs running this Little Garden promotion?
Little Garden was a huge success last year so we’ve brought it back in 2017 so that our customers are inspired to get back into their gardens, celebrate spring and start planting their summer gardens. We love the fact that these collectible seedling kits encourage young and old New Zealanders to learn and gain more understanding about where their food comes from by experiencing growing and sharing their own food.
What is New World/Foodstuffs trying to achieve?
We know that more and more people are interested and involved in growing their own food. New Zealanders are becoming increasingly aware of where their food is from and how it’s grown. They care about what they eat and how this can help maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Parents want to set a good example for their children, and showing them how they can produce their own food is a fun way to do this.
What will children learn?
Little Garden seedling kits will enable adults and kids to share the experience of growing their own plants. This should help children learn about the power of nature, how plants grow, what they can grow and how they can add fresh herbs and vegetables to their meals.
What does it cost to get a Little Garden seedling kit?
For every $40 spent in-store at New World during the period - Monday 4 September to Sunday 15 October 2017, shoppers will be offered one seedling kit. For example, a shopper who buys $80 of groceries will receive two seedling kits, while someone who spends $400 will receive 10 seedling kits.
No other hidden costs?
No, Little Garden seedling kits will be given away with your $40 purchase at New World.
MORE ABOUT THE LITTLE GARDEN SEEDLING KITS
What’s in each Little Garden seedling kit?
Each Little Garden seedling kit collectable includes:
- A Seed Mat or Seed Sachet –
Seed Mat: a small number of seeds of the same plant type e.g. herb or vegetable, are embedded in biodegradable paper
Seed Sachet: a small number of seeds of the same plant type e.g. herb or vegetable, are packed into a small foil sachet.
- A Soil Tablet – a brown dehydrated growing medium pressed into a compact round shape
- A Pot – a small, fully biodegradable seedling pot for putting the soil and seeds into
- A Seed Label – a coloured cardboard label that will identify what’s growing in each pot
How many different seedling kits are there to collect?
In total there are 23 different Little Garden seedling kits to collect and grow including; 12 vegetables, 1 fruit, 6 flowers and 4 herbs.
Why does the seedling pack say there is 24 seedling kits to collect?
There will also be a bonus Little Garden seedling available for a limited time releasing at some point over the 6-week promotion.
What are the 23 different seedling kits to collect?
- Vegetables (12): Beetroot, Bok Choi, Kale, Silverbeet, Onion, Butternut, Corn, Tomato, Lettuce, Cucumber, Courgette, Yellow Beans
- Fruit (1): Watermelon
- Flowers (6): Sunflower, Pansy, Sweet Pea, Nasturtium, Swan Plant, Purple Tansy (Phacelia)
- Herbs (4): Basil, Thyme, Coriander, Oregano
I thought sweet peas were banned right now because of the pea weevil?
Last year the pea weevil (Bruchus pisorum) was found on a number of Wairarapa properties, and there is currently a ban on growing green peas (including sugar snap and snow peas) and selling pea seed in the Wairarapa region. But ornamental sweet peas are a different species and are not included in the ban.
Are there any seeds from last year?
Yes, two favourites are back: Thyme and Basil. There is also a different sort of kale, lettuce and tomato in this year’s line-up.
What flowers are edible in this year’s line up?
We have three of them: Sunflower, Nasturtium and Pansy
Aren’t nasturtiums weeds?
Nasturtiums are attractive plants which many people choose to have in their garden, but they do grow so vigorously they can easily take over and overwhelm other desirable plants. If you want to prevent that, then snip off the flowers and throw them in your salads, remove any seedheads as soon as you see them, and pull up any self-seeded plants as soon as you recognise the distinctive lily-pad-shaped leaves.
What Little Garden seedling kits help attract bees & butterflies?
We have a number of different seeds in this year’s line-up that will help out some of our favourite pollinators - Sunflower, Pansy, Sweet Pea, Nasturtium, Swan Plant, Purple Tansy (Phacelia).
Why did you decide to include these seedling kits this year?
We wanted to include these different varieties as we believe we are in a genuine position to make a difference to the numbers of bees and butterflies in our backyards.
I’ve heard Swan Plants are poisonous?
Yes, swan plants are poisonous, as are many other common garden plants. Swan plants are grown in schools and kindergarten gardens all over New Zealand and no problems have been recorded. Children are unlikely to eat or try to eat swan plants because they have a very unpleasant taste but supervise young children around this plant, or grow your swan plant in an open topped chicken wire frame so the butterflies can fly in but the plant is not accessible to children's hands. The milky white sap can be dangerous if it gets into the eye, so wear gloves when cutting back this plant and always wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
I’ve heard Sweet Peas are poisonous?
Yes, sweet peas can be toxic if consumed in significant amounts, as are many other common garden plants. We included sweet pea in the collection this year along with other plants to specifically attract bees and help them grow and pollinate. Sweet peas are grown in gardens all over New Zealand. We always advise people to supervise young children when working with plants and seeds.
How do I get one of the Little Garden bee houses I keep seeing everywhere?
Please visit the Creative Woodcraft website and speak with our friends there.
How many Little Garden seedling kits has New World got to give away?
In total, we have nearly 9 million seedling kits to give to shoppers, when they spend $40 during the promotion. This is equivalent to around 340,000 full sets of 24 Little Garden seedling kit collectables.
Are these Little Garden seedling kits suitable for children?
The Little Garden seedling kits are not suitable for children under 3 years old because there are small parts that could be a choking hazard. Adult supervision is required for all children, to reduce the mess, share the learning and to give the seeds a better chance of sprouting into plants through proper planting and care.
What are the Little Garden seedling kits made of?
- The pot is made of wood pulp and peat. It has no artificial additives and is bio-degradable.
- The seeds come from a Dutch company that buys quality seeds from around the world.
- The soil tablet is made of coconut husk.
- The seed identifying label is made from cardboard
- Each seedling kit comes in a cardboard wrapper with useful information and instructions.
Where do the Little Garden seedling kits come from?
- The pots were made in Denmark.
- The seeds come from a Dutch company that buys quality non-GMO seeds from around the world. Fun Fact: 14 of our seeds have been sourced from New Zealand!
- The soil tablets contain ingredients from Sri Lanka, but are produced in the Netherlands.
Are the seeds and/or soil tablet organic? Have any pesticides or other chemicals been used on them?
The seeds are organic and the soil tablets contain a small amount of fertiliser to help the seeds grow better. These have all been cleared by Biosecurity New Zealand.
Are the seeds imported?
Some of them are. Those seeds have come from a Dutch company which sources non-GMO quality seeds from around the world.
And others have been sourced right here in New Zealand.
Are the seeds and/or soil dangerous to our environment? Likely to pose a risk to our biosecurity?
No, the seeds, soil and pots have all been cleared by Biosecurity New Zealand. All the seeds are for plants which already grow in New Zealand, and the soil tablet is made of coconut husk.
ACTIVATING THE LITTLE GARDEN SEEDLING KITS / GROWING SEEDLINGS
How do I start using the seedling kits?
Instructions on what to do can be found here, on the inside of each Little Garden seedling kit cardboard wrapper and here is some helpful information:
Little Garden – seed mat seedling kits
- Put the soil tablet on a saucer or in a container and pour 50ml (10 teaspoons) of water over it.
- With gloves on, use your fingers to mix the water into the soil, make a wet mixture and watch it expand.
- Use most of this to fill up the pot about 2/3rd full.
- Place the seed mat on top of this – but don’t push down too hard.
- Put the rest of the soil on top and cover the seed mat. Some seed likes to be buried deeply, others will do best just lightly covered with soil. The depth that suits each seed type is covered here
- Wash your hands.
Little Garden – seed sachet seedling kits
- Put the soil tablet on a saucer and pour 50ml of water over it.
- Put on gloves and mix the water into the soil with your hands to make a wet mixture and watch the soil expand.
- Use most of your soil to fill up the pot about 2/3rd full.
- Carefully tear open the sachet and place the seeds on top of the soil (take care not to press down too hard).
- Now use the remaining soil mixture to cover the seeds. Some seed likes to be buried deeply, others will do best just lightly covered with soil. The depth that suits each seed type is covered here
- Wash your hands.
Where do I put the little seedling pot once I’ve planted the seeds?
- Put the pot on a clean saucer and in a light, warm place. DO NOT put it in direct sunlight!
- Check the soil in the morning and at night to ensure it’s not too dry. Try to keep the soil moist all the time.
- Once a little plant appears, a seed has germinated!
- After germination you can find instructions on the inside of the Little Garden seedling cardboard wrapper or here about when you can start repotting or planting out the little seedlings!
- Make sure you don’t leave your little seedling pot anywhere too damp otherwise you might experience mould or little mushrooms starting to appear during the germination process. The mould is caused by the moisture in the air. You can wipe it away with a tissue. It is not harmful.
How do I repot the plants?
- Make sure it’s the right time of year to repot your seedling. You can find instructions on the label or here
- Take a bigger pot with drainage holes in the bottom and fill it with soil about 2/3rds full.
- Make a small hole in the soil and put the pot into it, and cover it with soil. The little seedling pot is biodegradable so will dissolve after a while, or you can remove the little pot if you choose, by pulling gently taking care not to damage the roots.
- Wash your hands.
How long will the seeds take to sprout?
With the right care and attention, most seeds should sprout within 1-2 weeks of being planted, though some may take longer. You can find the information on how and when to repot your seedlings on the Little Garden seedling kit cardboard wrapper or here
Do I have to put the whole seed mat in the soil?
Yes the seed mat is only small. Fill the little pot with the soil to almost the top. Place the whole seed mat on the soil and then fill the pot with the rest of the soil, covering the seed mat.
Do I have to use all of the seeds in the sachet?
No, you can plant a couple at a time if you like, but for better results plant all of them and then separate them when re-potting them into a bigger pot or garden.
Can I put the seeds in a green house?
After you've planted the seeds into the little pots you can put the pots in a green house and this should help the seeds to sprout. Please water the little pots frequently at the beginning.
Can I put the seeds directly in the soil outside?
For the best results it’s recommended that you put them in the little pot first until they germinate and sprout. When the little plant is big enough, provided the conditions are warm enough to grow that Little Garden crop outside, you can shift it into the garden, but don’t plant it anywhere that’s too cold or windy, and you’ll need to take steps to protect the seedling against pests e.g. snails.
Can I use potting mix instead of the soil tablet?
Yes, but it’s recommended you use the soil tablet because it’s been specially formulated to grow seeds.
Do I have to remove the seeds from the mat?
No, you shouldn’t remove the seeds from the little seed mat. The seeds should sprout from the mat, which is made from biodegradable paper.
How many times do I have to water them?
While the seeds are sprouting into little plants, mist with water once or even twice a day. It's important that the soil isn’t too dry or too wet.
Do I have to use compost or plant food?
No you don’t. When the plant is growing in the garden or a pot, you might want to use compost or plant food. But it’s not necessary until then because all the food the plant needs is in the soil.
RE-POTTING / RE-PLANTING (into a bigger pot or the garden)
How do I know when to re-pot the plants into a bigger pot or the garden?
You can find the right time to plant each seed variety here and on their specific cardboard wrapper. Most of the seeds should have sprouted into plants that are a few centimetres high and have some sets of leaves before you need to re-pot or re-plant and sometimes the roots may also have grown too big for the little pot supplied.
What do you mean “re-planting”?
Once the seedlings have sprouted and grown too big for the little pots we have provided as part of the Little Garden seedling kit, they will need to be re-planted in bigger pots or, if it’s warm enough, in your garden.
How do I re-pot my plants inside?
- Find a bigger pot with holes in the bottom for drainage.
- Prepare some potting mix by loosening and slightly wetting it.
- Dig a hole about 5cm deep (or 3cm deep if removing the seedling from the little pot).
- Put the entire little pot with the seedling in the hole. If removing the seedling from the little pot to re-plant, handle with care.
- If planting multiple plants, leave enough distance between them.
- Make sure the original little pot is completely buried under the soil if you have left the seedling in the little pot to replant.
How do I re-plant my plants outside?
- Wait until the weather outside is warm enough for what you want to plant (there are full details on when each seed type can be planted outside here)
- Find a spot that’s not too exposed to the weather.
- Prepare the soil by loosening and slightly wetting it.
- Dig a long hole about 5cm deep (or 3cm deep if removing the seedling from the pot).
- Put the entire little pot with the seedling in the hole. If removing the seedling from the pot handle with care.
- If planting multiple plants, leave enough distance between them.
- Make sure the original little pot is completely buried under the soil if you’ve left the seedling in the little pot to replant.
Can I put the re-potted plants outside?
Yes, as long as the temperature is warm enough for that Little Garden crop (there are full details on when each seed type can be planted outside here).
When can I put the little pots in the garden?
The best time for re-potting is set out on the cardboard wrapper for each Little Garden seedling kit. Some plants will grow slowly and might even die if you plant them outside when it is too cold. There are full details on when each seed type can be planted outside here.
Does it matter what sort of pot I use to re-pot the seedling?
No, just as long as it has drainage holes.
What if I keep getting the same Little Garden seedling kits from New World?
Unfortunately New World staff cannot tell what seed type is contained in each Little Garden seedling kit so distribution is entirely random. So if you get too many of the same seeds, perhaps you could try swapping them with a family member or a friend who is also collecting them.
Why aren’t my seeds sprouting?
Most seeds should sprout within 1-2 weeks of being planted, though some may take longer. However some seeds may not germinate and if you’re still not seeing a seedling, it could be because:
- The soil hasn’t been wet enough OR has been too wet
- The seeds weren’t covered in enough soil
- The soil was packed down too tightly
- The pots were put somewhere too windy, too cold, or too hot.
Why is there mould on the pot/soil? And what to do about it?
The mould is caused by the moisture in the air. You can wipe it away with a tissue. It is not harmful.
The leaves of my plant are turning yellow, what should I do?
This could be caused by various things. You might be over or under-watering, and your plant might be getting too much or not enough light.
Why are the roots of some plants outgrowing the pot?
If the roots are outgrowing the pot, it’s time to re-pot them.
I think insects are eating my plants, what should I do?
You could use a small amount of pesticide or speak to your local garden centre about other ways to protect your plants.
My child has just eaten some seeds – what should I do?
According to the National Poisons Centre the risk of any issue is low. Their advice is to keep your child hydrated to ensure the seeds pass through easily.
My child has just eaten part of a soil tablet – what should I do?
According to the National Poisons Centre the risk of any issue is low. Their advice is to maintain fluids for 24 hours, monitor normal bowel motions and check that your child doesn’t develop a temperature.
My child has just eaten part of a little pot – what should I do?
According to the National Poisons Centre the risk of any issue is low. Their advice is to keep your child hydrated to ensure the part of the little pot that’s been eaten passes through easily.
My child has just eaten one of the plants – what should I do?
According to the National Poisons Centre there is no need to do anything – almost all the plants are either fully edible or have non-edible components with low toxicity. Swan plants are toxic, and ingesting even a small amount of plant material can cause medical problems. However these plants are unpleasant tasting and the national poisons centre suggests young children do not find the plant material attractive to eat. If you are concerned, grow your swan plant in an open topped chicken wire frame so the butterflies can fly in but the plant is not accessible to children's hands.