Find answers relating to setting up and using your My Little Seed Garden set as well as gardening related questions about your seed varieties. If you have questions relating to the My Little Seed Garden News Corp promotion, please visit the News Corp promotion site.

Frequently asked questions

I have questions about where and how to purchase the My Little Seed Garden Collection

For all questions regarding how to purchase the collection, please visit the News Corp website here.

My Collector's Tray or Seed Growing Kit is damaged. Can i get a replacement?

Please view the FAQ's on the promotion operators (News Corp) website by following this link.

I missed out on collecting one of the Seed growing Kits, how can I complete my set?

Please view the FAQ's on the promotion operators (News Corp) website by following this link.

I lost the instructions on how to set up my Seed Growing Kit. How can I get a copy of the instructions?

Each Seed growing Kit comes with instructions inside the wrapper. If you have misplaced the wrapper you can follow the instruction on the back of your Collectors Tray insert. View PDF version here. Or watch our Video here.

How do i know when to water my seedlings?

If you prepare your soil using the instructions provided your seeds should not need watering again until they have germinated. If your soil is dark brown and feels moist to touch then it's got the correct amount of water. If your soil is light brown or feels dry to touch then it needs watering. We suggest removing the pot from the tray and spraying with water in a spray bottle. If you don't have a spray bottle, sprinkle water over the top using a spoon or your fingers. If water comes to the surface when you press lightly on the soil then your pot has too much water. Try tipping the excess water out of the pot.

Do I tip all the seeds into the pot, or just a few?

For large seeds we suggest you only plant a maximum of four to five seeds into your pot. For finer seeds, lightly sprinkle the seeds over the soil. You do not need to use all the seeds in one go, save some for future plantings. If your pot becomes overcrowded with seedlings after germination you can thin them by removing the smaller/weaker seedlings, leaving only the strongest few to grow. You can plant the removed seedlings into another pot or direct into the garden. For larger seeds, cover the seeds with soil and pat down. For the finer seeds, you do not need to cover them. See the question about sowing depth for more information. Watch how to set up your seed kit here.

Which of the My Little Seed Garden varieties attract bees and Butterflies?

Bees prefer single-petaled flowers as they make it easier to get to sweet nectar. They will like your Basil, Dill, Cucumber and Thyme flowers. Other varieties that bees like include: Lemon balm, Lavender, Hyssop, Borage, Sage, Savory, Chamomile and Rosemary. Butterflies are the happiest sipping on flowers planted in areas with good sun and little or no wind. They will like your Chives, Thyme, Mint, and Parsley flowers. They also like Marjoram and Catmint. Mr Fothergill's sells a range of bee and butterfly attracting seed mixes as well as Bee and Insect houses. View the range here.

What age group is My Little Seed Garden suitable for?

My Little Seed Garden is suitable for anyone who wants to learn to grow their own herbs and vegetables from seed. Children should be supervised when handling the seed growing kits as they contain small components which may pose a choking hazard. For this reason the seed kits are not suitable for children under the age of 3 without supervision. See below for answers relating to the seeds or soil being accidentaly consumed.

Is the Jiffy soil pellet poisonous if eaten?

No, the pellets are made from compressed coir with a small amount of added fertiliser to assist with plant development. They have been rigorously tested and proven free of nasties so are safe to handle. However, children should be supervised at all times while handling the seed growing kits as they may pose a choking hazard.

Can I reuse the soil once I transplant my seedling?

It is best if you plant the seedling 'pot and all' into their new planting position, this avoids transplant shock and damage to the delicate roots of your seedling. We recommend you don’t re-use the peat if you have had a seedling failure. Watch how to transplant your seedling here.

Are the seeds in the kit safe if accidentally eaten?

The seeds in the seed growing kits are not coated in any nasty chemicals. However we do not recommend consuming any of the seeds. Children should be supervised at all times while handling the seed growing kits as they may pose a choking hazard.

Is the Jiffy pot toxic if eaten?

The pot is made of sphagnum peat and wood pulp and undergoes a heat treatment so contains no nasties. Children should be supervised at all times while handling the seed growing kits as they may pose a choking hazard.

Are the Jiffy pots reusable?

The pots are biodegradable and meant to be single use as you plant the whole plant and pot into it's new planting position to avoid transplant shock from distrurbing or damaging the fragile roots. Therefore they are not reusable as they are meant to biodegrade over time. Watch how to transplant your seedling here.

Are the seeds in the kits Genetically Modified?

No. Mr Fothergill's who supplied the seeds, soil and pots for My Little Seed Garden says no to GMO. None of the seeds in any range sold by Mr Fothergill’s are Genetically Modified.

Do the seeds have a use by date?

The seeds are packed into foil sachets for sealed in freshness. Seeds will keep viable for at least 2 years for best results store in a cool airy place.

What is the Jiffy pot made of?

Jiffy pots are made of sustainably sourced sphagnum peat moss and wood pulp and are 100% organic and biodegradable.

Are the materials used in the Jiffy pots and soil pellets sustainable sourced?

Yes, the Jiffy pots are made from sustainable sourced Sphagnum peat and wood pulp. They are 100% organic and biodegradable. The peat is farmed from Canadian peat bogs under strict conditions in accordance with the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Association.

The Soil Pellets are made of coir with a small amount of added fertiliser to assist with plant development. These are sustainably sourced from Sri Lanka and are biodegradable.

How long will it take for my seeds to germinate?

Each plant variety has a different germination time. View details of each variety on our seeds page here.

Where is the best place to put my Collector's Tray and seed kits?

Seeds like a warm sheltered spot to germinate. A sunny spot such as a windowsill is perfect.

Can I plant the seeds directly into my garden?

Yes, you can technically plant seeds directly into your garden, however we recommend using the soil and pot that comes with your kit. The Jiffy soil pellet your little seed garden kit comes with is specifically formulated to give your plants the best start in life, this also means you can keep them in a warm sunny spot inside until they have germinated.

Do I need to fertilise my seedlings while they grow?

The seed and soil pellet contained in your kit contain everything your seeds need to grow until they are transplanted/re-potted. When you transfer your seedling into it's new planting location it’s a great time to water it with a liquid fertiliser. For specific fertiliser requirements for each variety, please refer to the seed variety information, links to each variety can be found on our seeds page.

Can my seedling live in the little Jiffy pot forever?

No. Your Seed Growing Kit pots are great for getting your seeds to germinate and start their life, but they will soon outgrow their first home. When your seedlings are about 5cm high it's time to transplant your seedling into a bigger pot, planter box or direct into the garden. The pots in your kit are biodegradable so there is no need to remove your seedling from the pot. Simply plant the whole pot into the soil. Watch how to transplant your seedline here.

When do I know when to transplant/re-pot my seedling?

We suggest moving your seedling into a larger pot or into a garden bed when they are 5cm tall. There is no need to remove your plant from its pot, you can plant the pot and seedling into the ground. This will prevent transplant shock whereby the seedlings fragile roots are damaged. The pot will biodegrade as the plant grows. Watch how to transplant your seedling here.

How do I transplant/re-pot my seedlings?

When you are ready to move your small inside plants outdoors it is a good idea to give them a short time outside every day. This introduces the plant to the new conditions and will help strengthen the seedling before its final move into its new outside world. This is known as hardening off your plant. Watch how to transplant your seedling here.

My pot is overcowded with seedlings, what should I do?

It is best to thin your seedlings out to only a few strong seedlings so they have space to grow. There is no need to waste the seedlings you remove, these can be planted into other pots or into the garden.

Why aren’t my seeds germinating?

There are a number of reasons why your seeds may not germinate. The most common reasons are listed below:

  1. Each of the seed varieties in your My Little Seed Garden set have different germination times. It may be that your seedling is hatching but hasn't reached the surface yet. Check the germination times on the plant variety page here.
  2. Seed rot - If you over water your seed it may rot. Unfortunately your seed cannot recover from this, you will need to re sow your seeds.
  3. Your seeds may be lying dormant if not in a warm spot. Try moving your pot to a warmer/sunnier spot out of the way of draughts.
  4. Seed quality - There is a small chance that some seeds may not germinate due to being weak. You should not expect every seed you plant to grow, however if the whole pack does not grow it is likely the cause is related to the growing conditions.

My seeds germinated and now look like they're dying, can I save them?

If your seeds germinate then wilt, the chances are they have been over watered, or are in a spot too cold. Move your seedlings to a warm sunny position and tip any excess water out of the pot. Avoid overwatering. Refer to the question above 'How do i know when to water my seedlings?'

Do I need to spray my seedlings to prevent pests eating them?

You can buy chemical products to rid your garden of pests but there are many safer and more natural alternatives:

  1. The best plan is to start with a healthy soil and light airy place to grow.
  2. Look over your plants regularly if you see caterpillars or insects eating your plants pick them off.
  3. Put barriers around your plants for example plant carrots in a toilet paper roll to keep them away from cutworms.
  4. Plants like mint and pennyroyal can also be a living barrier by deterring aphids and ants.
  5. Snails will not cross a line of lime, ants will avoid cayenne pepper or sprinkle egg shells around your garden, the egg shells have sharp edges which feel unpleasant under the snails' soft bodies and they will avoid climbing over them to get to the plants.
  6. If you have a pest problem you cannot find a home remedy for there are many organic eco-friendly sprays on the market you can buy.

Where can I buy the pots and soil pellets from?

Mr Fothergill's sells a wide range of Jiffy pots and soil pellets. You can view the full range here. These are available for purchase through the Mr Fothergill's website or at leading hardware stores, garden centres and garden retailers.

I want to buy more seeds, where can I buy the seeds from?

Mr Fothergill's provided all the seeds for the My Little Seed Garden promotion. You can purchase all these varieties plus hundreds more Vegetable, Herb and Flower seeds through the website or at leading hardware stores, garden centres and garden retailers. Mr Fothergill's also stocks a beautiful range of all-in-one kits; which just like your seed growing kits contain everything needed to get growing fast!

I've heard cucumbers have male and female flowers what is the difference and do they need both for the flowers to set fruit?

This is a very common question, generally most cucumber plants have both male and female flowers and there is usually twice as many male flowers than female flowers. The male and female flowers do look different and each has its own job to produce fruit as described below.
Early Season Male Blooms
The male blooms on cucumber plants serve two purposes. Their first job is to open and attract bees to the garden. This occurs approximately 10 days before the first female blooms appear. Male blooms are held above the vines via a slender stem. You should observe bee activity in and around your garden patch, but you will find few, if any, female blooms at this time. Because cucumber plants rely on bees for pollination, a lot of male blooms and bustling bee activity is a positive sign and ensures good pollination – the male blooms' second job – when the time comes.

Then Female Blooms Appear
By the time the first female blooms appear, bees have been buzzing through your garden patch for a week or more, and you can thank the male blooms for that. Female blooms have a tiny swollen ovary at the base of the bloom that looks like a miniature cucumber. Without the flush of male blooms to attract bees, the female blooms might suffer from lack of pollination. The arrival of female blooms means your cucumber plants are ready to produce fruit. The bees after visiting the male flowers carry pollen to the female flowers this is called pollination and now the female flowers are able to set fruit.

What other seed varieties are easy to grow?

Here is a list of other easy to grow plants:

How deep do i sow my seeds?

For the finer seeds, sprinkle them over the soil surface and do not cover. They need light to germinate so if you cover them they may not grow. For the larger seeds that you can handle with your fingers such as cucumber and tomato seeds, place a few in your pot and cover with a thin layer of soil. The rule of thumb is that you sow your seeds at a depth twice the diameter of the seed. So if your seed is 2mm wide then sow it 4mm deep.

How far apart do I plant my seedlings when transplanting into the garden?

It varies depending on the variety. Refer to the table below for details.

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