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Burpee Europe : Sowing The Seeds Of Fun

It is a well-known fact that the earlier we can celebrate the joy of gardening with our children the more likely they are to continue growing their own vegetables, fruit, and flowers in the future. 

With 'National Children's Gardening Week' heading our way on 29th May, and with many youngsters having found lockdowns and COVID very hard to cope with mentally, now would be the perfect time to introduce little ones to sowing seeds.

It is amazing how children react to tasting homegrown vegetables picked fresh in the garden, and the joy they feel as they see seeds sprout is wonderful to watch.

The following list of flower and veg varieties below are easy to grow and ideal for budding little gardeners. So grab your wellies and some trowels and let's go!!!


Sunflowers are the ideal introductory seeds for children to garden with. They are easy to sow, easy to grow, and look jolly too!  'Ms Mars' is lovely because of its red colour and great for little ones as it can be grown in a pot.  Whilst 'Pikes Peak' is MASSIVE and great for measuring or growing with a sibling for a sunflower race!

How To Use:

Use the seeds after harvesting to feed the birds.

Dry the flowers for indoor displays.

Try a sunflower race to see who's flower is growing the highest the quickest


Zinnias are wonderful and so easy to grow!  Simply sow direct outdoors where they are to grow from April to May. Zinnia 'Forecast' has such a beautifully bright mix of colours that they look like sweeties growing in the garden.

How To Use:

Try to get children creative by painting or photographing these lovely blooms.

Zinnias are perfect as pressed flowers and can be used to create pictures or birthday cards.


It is surprising how many children love homegrown radishes straight from the garden.  But even they don't like the taste of them, this radish is a great vegetable to begin gardening with.  It is easy and quick to grow and ‘Ostergruss Rosa 2’ is a gorgeous rosy pink colour that grows to 20 cm long!

How To Use:

Little ones can be proud to use their own produce for popping into summer salads. 

Try making little radish men or other vegetable art


Cucumbers are great for kids to grow and varieties such as 'Bush Champion' are perfect for those who do not have a garden at all as it can be grown in a container.

How To Use:

These are ideal for making cucumber boats and filling them with cream cheese or houmous.

Cut the ends off and dip into paint and use for vegetable stamping


Most children are surprised by the different flavours you can get with various tomato varieties.  Tomato 'Honeycomb proved to be a great success with the school children that tried it at the RHS Hampton Court Festival because it tastes so sweet!  And for something very groovy to look at, 'Shimmer' is great fun with its gold stripes and nice thick flesh. 'Veranda Red' can be grown in pots and is also blight-resistant ensuring that little gardeners won't be disappointed with their harvest!

How To Use:

Blindfold taste test see if children can guess the variety

Make your own ketchup (with adults helping!)

Draw the lifecycle of the tomato to see if the child remembers the journey from planting the seed to eating the tomato

Burpee Europe are renowned for the development of new varieties of vegetables and flowers for use by home gardeners.  Their passion is to develop new tasty, disease-resistant vegetables and stunning blooms for use by home gardeners around the world and to encourage the cultivation of gardens by individuals and communities.


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Burpee Europe

Canva Zaikina, Canva natlyadanko, Canva fstop123

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