Thoughts from category: kids

our new plants

plants growing at fruit towers

This is the corner of the fourth floor at Fruit Towers, where our newly planted seeds are basking in the late March sunshine and coming along very nicely indeed.

Cress, as expected, is flying ahead, but carrots, tomatoes and basil aren't too far behind. Sunflowers and violets seem to be taking their time, but we've every confidence they'll pop out soon.

And don't forget that from now until the end of April, every box of our kids smoothies and fruit tubes will come with its very own pack of easy to grow seeds. So if you haven't already, it's time to get growing.

flies beware

Animals don't eat it; it eats animals. And the odd human if the films are to be believed.

Venus fly trap

But whatever the truth, there's no doubt that the venus fly trap is a plant to be feared. Especially if you're a fly or a spider.

The trap is triggered by tiny little hairs on the inner surface of the plant. If a prospective meal wanders in and stumbles over a couple of these hairs, it snaps shut, trapping its prey inside. The plant then begins to produce special acids which kill and digest its lunch. And if the little fellow tries to escape, the trap just closes tighter and digests it even faster. There really is no escape.

Once it's finished eating, the trap reopens ready for the next unsuspecting victim. Each individual trap on the plant can only operate 3 or 4 times, after which it photosynthesises like a normal leaf or withers and dies.

But that's enough from us. Here's David Attenborough wearing a nice shirt to show us exactly how it works:

And what's more, for the next month or so you could win one of these wonders of nature with our kids juicy drink. All you have to do to be in with a chance is to enter the special code from promotional packs in the gang's garden. Just make sure you take your umbrella.

kids juicy drink pack with venus fly trap competition

more ways to win with seeds

kids seed packs

As well as having the chance to win a Rocket Garden by taking some snaps of your seedlings and uploading them to the gang's gallery, by registering at and entering two different seed codes from our smoothie packs, you will go into a draw to win tickets to the Royal Horticultural Society's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

This year the show runs from the 3rd to the 8th of July and promises to be a treat for the eyes and the nose, with thousands of beautiful plants on display, practical demonstrations and lots of expert gardeners on hand to help sort your hardy annuals from your tender perennials. And with the UK all set for another "barbecue summer", it's the perfect day out for all the family.

              plants at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

The prizes just keep on coming. 

get growing, get snapping, get winning

innocent seeds and rocket gardens

As all proper gardeners know, a bit of healthy competition goes a long way when it comes to growing things. So if your seedlings seem reluctant to rear their heads, perhaps the prospect of appearing in the gang's photo gallery, and being in with the chance of winning a cool prize, will be enough to spur them on*.

So once you've planted your seeds, take a few photos and enter them into one of our three categories to be in with the chance of winning a fantastic Rocket Garden.

The guys at Rocket Gardens are as green-fingered as they come. They use their farming know-how and passion for plants to make growing-your-own an option for everyone. They look after the plants when they're young and vulnerable, and send them off as a box brimming with baby organic vegetable and herb plants once they're old enough to be transplanted into your garden.

So what are you waiting for (apart from your plants to start growing)? Get snapping now.


*If not, we've heard that playing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon to them works a treat.

ready, steady, grow


Free seeds with our smoothies for kids

From now until the end of April, every box of our kids smoothies and fruit tubes will come with its very own pack of easy to grow seeds. There are 6 different varieties to collect, including carrots, tomatoes, cress, basil, violets and sunflowers, and it doesn’t matter whether your garden’s big, small or non-existent, as they can be grown in anything from an empty smoothie carton to an old Wellington boot.

It’s time to get growing.