WIC Seed sowing and kumara propagation demonstrations

Posted 11 years, 6 months ago by Kathryn Mercer - WIC Project Manager    2 comments


The seed sowing workshops WIC ran last year were very popular so we are running a similar series again.  We will only run the demonstration next Thursday night if there are enough bookings: if you would like to come, contact me by Wednesday 22nd, 9 am.   

The seed sowing and kumara propagation demonstration times are:

  • Saturday 18 August, 10:30 am, Grandview Community Garden. All welcome, no booking required.
  • Thursday 23 August, 10 am. Grandview Community Garden. All welcome, no booking required.  Enter through the gate opposite 183 Grandview Rd.  Frankton No. 8 bus route.
  • Thursday 23 August, 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm, Waikato Environment Centre, Central City. Bookings required by 9 am Wed 22 Aug.  Soup provided.
  • Saturday 25 August, 3 - 4 pm. Grandview Community Garden. All welcome, no booking required.

We will show you how to sow your spring vegetable seeds.  We will also show you how to propagate kumara (grow new sweet potato plants).

Bring some seeds and seed trays if you have them.

It is well worth growing your own plants from seed:

  • If you save seed from your best plant, the new plants have cost you nothing this season. 
  • If not, you can buy a packet of seeds for as little as $1.  There are often 500 lettuce seeds in a packet, which means a cost of less than 1 cent per lettuce (even if a few don't grow). 
  • A punnet of 6 seedlings costs about $3.50, so about 60 cents per lettuce. 
  • If you buy a lettuce on special at the supermarket or green grocer, it will usually cost you at least 99 cents.   

Growing from seed is the cheapest option!

Even if you put aside just 50c per week from what you would have spent on vegetables at the supermarket, you will have $26 per year to spend on buying seeds - that's enough to buy at least 10 packets of seeds. 

Most of us don't eat 500 lettuces a year, so you can swap the excess seeds or plants with others for greater diversity in your garden!   

Happy gardening!


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