The BBC has launched a new gardening campaign called Let It Grow, with the aim being to help people transform their outdoor spaces into something beautiful, blooming and colourful, alive with lots of different flowers and vegetables.
To that end, the organisers will be giving away millions of free seeds so that would-be gardeners can have lots of fun growing the likes of sunflowers, marigolds, nasturtiums and calendula.
Organised by BBC Radio 2 and BBC Children’s and Education, alongside various conservation charities and the Royal Horticultural Society, the campaign itself is inspired by new TV series Wild Isles, which has Sir David Attenborough at the helm.
A special show will also be airing from the brand-new Blue Peter garden in RHS Garden Bridgewater, with lots of Green badges available for those who want to join in. The Blue Peter garden itself will be open at the Manchester-based RHS site later this month (April).
To pick up your free packs of flower seeds, all you need to do is head to your local Dobbies or Blue Diamond garden centres where you’ll find them readily available.
Alternatively, if you’re unable to make it to your local store, you can also arrange to have your seeds sent out in the post. All you need to do is send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Let It Grow, BBC Radio 2, Dock House, Media City, Salford, M50 2DH.
Sowing flower seeds isn’t difficult, so you don’t have to worry if you’ve never done it before – and you’re sure to really enjoy watching them sprout and grow over the weeks and months.
To sow, all you need to do is fill a pot with some compost and press it down gently, then scatter some seeds over the top before covering with a thin layer of compost and watering gently. Do make sure you read the packet instructions, however, as some varieties may have specific requirements. Happy growing!
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