FAQs

Have questions about your Little Garden? We’re here to help. Check the list of frequently asked questions below to find the answers you need. Can’t find it? Just ask and we’ll solve it for you!

The Collect and Stand to Win competition winners have been announced! Winners have been notified about winning their share of R100 000 in Checkers vouchers.

The Big Voices for Little Garden competition is closed and the top 3 school choirs have been selected based on the most votes received from the public.

The Food Tour competition has ended and we have selected the lucky winners. Winners were contacted by a Checkers staff member.

You don’t have to do anything. Almost all the plants are either fully edible or have non-edible components with low toxicity.

If you are concerned, contact your doctor for advice.

The Little Garden biodegradable pot poses a very low risk to your child’s health. Simply keep your child hydrated to ensure the part of the pot that was eaten passes easily.

If you are concerned, contact your doctor for advice.

The Little Garden soil pods pose a very low risk to your child’s health.

However, if your child’s temperature or bathroom use increases within 24 hours of eating the pod, contact your doctor for advice.

The Little Garden seeds pose a very low risk to your child’s health. Simply keep your child hydrated to ensure the seeds pass easily.

If you are concerned, contact your doctor for advice.

You could try to make your own bug spray or visit your local garden centre or nursery for more ways to protect your plants.

If the roots are outgrowing the pot, it’s time to plant it into a bigger pot or garden.

Various things could cause this. For example, you may have watered your seedling too much or not enough, or your plant might be getting too much or not enough light.

Moisture in the air causes mould to form on the soil or pot. It is not harmful. Simply wipe it away with a tissue.

If planted and cared for correctly, most seeds should sprout within 1–2 weeks. Some may take longer. However, some seeds may not sprout and it could be because:

  • The soil hasn’t been watered enough OR watered too much.
  • The seeds weren’t covered in enough soil.
  • The soil was pressed down and packed too tightly.
  • The pots were placed somewhere too windy, too cold or too hot.

No. Just make sure it has drainage holes.

  1. Find a spot that’s not too exposed to the weather.
  2. Loosen and slightly wet the soil.
  3. Make a small hole in the soil.
  4. Put the whole little pot into the hole and cover it completely with soil. The pot is biodegradable, so it dissolves after a while. If you want to remove the seedling from the little pot, do it gently so you don’t damage its roots.
  5. If you are replanting multiple seedlings, leave enough distance between them.
  1. Get a bigger pot with drainage holes in the bottom.
  2. Fill two thirds of it with soil or a potting mix that’s loose and slightly wet.
  3. Make a small hole in the soil.
  4. Put the whole little pot into the hole and cover it completely with soil. The pot is biodegradable, so it dissolves after a while. If you want to remove the seedling from the little pot, do it gently so you don’t damage its roots.
  5. If you are replanting multiple seedlings, leave enough distance between them.

The biodegradable pot included in your Little Garden Seedling kit is small. Once your seedlings have sprouted, they will grow too big for these little pots. This is when they need to be replanted into bigger pots or your garden.

When your little seedlings have sprouted into plants that are a few centimeters high and have a few leaves, you can replant them. It is also time to replant when your seedling’s roots outgrow its pot.

Find repotting time information on the inside of each Little Garden Seedling kit’s cardboard wrapper or on our Meet the Seedlings page.

No, you don’t. Everything your seed needs to grow is already inside the soil pod. If you plant your little seedling into a bigger pot or garden, then you might want to use compost or plant food.

Yes, but we recommend you use the soil pod provided, as it’s been specially formulated to grow seeds.

We recommend that you put seeds in the little pot provided first. Once your seedling begins to sprout, you can replant it in a bigger pot or your garden. Remember to plant it where it’s not too cold or windy, and to protect it from pests like snails.

Yes. A number of Little Garden Seedlings are drought tolerant, including thyme, rocket, chives, onions, radish, Swiss chard, cornflowers, dianthus and English daisies.

There are a number of ways you can save water in your garden and in your home. Learn all of our top tips and tricks in this fascinating article or watch this video.

After you’ve planted the seedling in their little pots, you can put them in a greenhouse to help them sprout. Remember to water them often at the beginning.

While the seeds are still sprouting into little plants, mist with water once or twice a day. It’s important that the soil isn’t too dry or too wet.

For more information on how to take care of your seedling, see our guide on Watering Volume, Frequency & Tips.

Yes. Use most of your soil to fill up the pot to around 2cm below the top. Place the whole seed paper on top of the soil (do not take the seeds out of the paper). Now use the rest of your soil mixture to cover the seed paper.

No. Do not take the seeds out of the paper. They will sprout from the biodegradable paper.

If planted and cared for correctly, most seeds should sprout within 4 days to 2 weeks. Some may take longer.

Find sprouting time information on the inside of each Little Garden Seedling kit’s cardboard wrapper.

How to plant seedlings into a bigger pot or garden:

  1. Get a bigger pot with drainage holes in the bottom and fill two thirds of it with soil.
  2. Make a small hole in the soil.
  3. Put the little pot into it, and cover it with soil. The pot is biodegradable, so it dissolves after a while. If you want to remove the seedling from the little pot, do it gently so you don’t damage its roots.

And remember to wash your hands when you’re done!

When a plant sprouts, it has begun to grow or put out shoots. Shoots are the little stem and buds that pop out of the soil. Another word for “sprouting” is “germination”.

How to keep your Little Garden healthy:

  • Place the pot on a clean saucer in a place with enough light, but NOT directly in the sun.
  • Check the soil in the morning, and before bed. If the soil feels dry and crumbly, pour a small amount of clean water over the surface.
  • If you see a little plant appear from the soil, well done! The seeds have sprouted and will soon be ready to move into a bigger pot or garden.

Get instructions on how to start your Little Garden here and on the inside of each Little Garden Seedling kit’s cardboard wrapper.

Here is some helpful information:

  • Put the soil pod on a saucer and pour 50ml of water over it.
  • Put on gloves and mix the water into the soil with your hands to make a wet mixture. Watch the soil expand!
  • Use most of your soil to fill up the pot to around 2cm below the top.
  • Now place your seed paper on top of the soil (do not take seeds out of paper). Take care not to press down too hard. Now use the rest of your soil mixture to cover the seed paper.

And remember to wash your hands when you’re done!

No. All of the Little Garden seeds, soil pods and pots are safe to use. The seeds are already grown in South Africa and the soil pod is made from coconut husk.

The seeds are organic and the soil pods contain a small amount of fertiliser to help the seeds grow better.

  • The pot is made of wood pulp and peat. It has no artificial additives and is biodegradable.
  • All natural seeds.
  • The soil pod is made of coconut husk.
  • The pop-out seed name tag is made from recyclable cardboard.
  • Each seedling kit comes in a recyclable cardboard wrapper with useful information and instructions.

The Little Garden Seedling kits are not suitable for children under the age of 3 years, as they contain small parts that could be a choking hazard. Adult supervision is required to prevent accidents and to ensure that seeds are planted and cared for properly, giving them a better chance of sprouting.

The Little Garden flowers should not be consumed, because some people may have an allergic reaction to eating them. That being said, none of them are poisonous or toxic.

Yes. Coriander, snapdragons and cornflowers all attract beneficial pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths.

No. The Little Garden flowers should not be consumed.

All of the Little Garden Seedling kits contain herbs, veggies and flowers already grown in South Africa, making them safe for our environment. The herbs and vegetables are also commonly used in South African diets, ensuring your Little Garden can become a sustainable food source. What’s more, the seeds can be grown during colder months, making them suitable to plant this time of the year.

Herbs:

  • Chives (Allium Schoenoprasum)
  • Oregano (Origanum Vulgare)
  • Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum)
  • Parsley (Petroselinum Crispum)
  • Cress (Lepidium Sativum)
  • Rocket (Eruca Sativa)
  • Mustard (Sinapis Alba)
  • Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)

 

Vegetables:

  • Cabbage (Brassica Oleracea Var. Capitata)
  • Lettuce (Lactuca Sativa)
  • Cauliflower (Brassica Oleracea Convar. Botrytis Var. Botrytis – All Year Round Variety)
  • Onion (Allium Cepa)
  • Cherry Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum)
  • Radish (Raphanus Sativus – SAXA 2)
  • Leek (Allium Porrum)
  • Swiss Chard (Beta Vulgaris)

 

Flowers:

  • Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila Elegans)
  • Pansy (Viola Cornuta)
  • Dianthus (Dianthus Chinensis)
  • Snapdragon (Antirrhinum Majus)
  • Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus)
  • Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia Maritima)
  • English Daisy (Bellis Perennis)
  • Viola (Viola Wittrockiana)

 

Each Little Garden Seedling kit includes:

  • Seed paper – a biodegradable paper embedded with small seeds from the same plant type.
  • Pop-out seed name tag – a coloured cardboard label that identifies what’s growing in each pot.
  • Biodegradable pot – a small, biodegradable pot to put your soil and seeds into.
  • Soil pod – a brown, dehydrated growing medium pressed into a compact round shape.
  • Competition sticker – to place on the back of your completed set or an entry form available in Huisgenoot, YOU and Drum magazine.

For every R150 spent at Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores during the campaign period, shoppers will be rewarded one free seedling kit. Therefore, a shopper who spends R300 on groceries in-store will receive two free seedling kits.

With the Little Garden promotion, we hope to show South Africans how much fun gardening can be and encourage children and adults to learn more about growing their own produce and flowers.

Little Garden Seedling kits enable children and adults to experience growing their own herbs, veggies and flowers. This helps children learn about how plants grow, what kind of plants they can grow, how to grow their own food, and how they can add fresh herbs and vegetables to their meals.

Let’s get growing, South Africa!

Little Garden is good green fun for everyone, especially adults and children 3 years or older, interested in growing their own herbs, veggies and flowers.

WARNING! Little Garden Seedling kits are NOT suitable for children under the age of 3 years, as they contain small parts that could be a choking hazard. Adult supervision is required.

The promotion runs until we are out of stock. There are limited quantities, so hurry up and visit a Checkers or Checkers Hyper today!

Little Garden is an exciting collectable promotion where you get rewarded with a special free seedling kit for every R150 you spend at any Checkers and Checkers Hyper store in South Africa.

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