About the challenge
Registrations are now open!
Did you know that winter is a wonderful time for growing vegies? It’s also a great way to find out how your food grows, discover tasty new ways to eat your vegies and win cool prizes.
We’re here to help get you started. Once you register as an individual or group, and choose which vegie you’d like to grow – carrot, lettuce, radish, broccoli and spinach – Yates will pop the seeds, along with a special planter stake, in your letterbox. We’ve got plenty of tips, games and quizzes to help you too. Just remember, registrations close on 4th April!
On 2nd June we’ll be opening entries for the competition. This is where you get to show off your gardening skills for our exciting celebrity judges! Take a photo (no bigger than 2MB) that includes your Yates competition planter stake, write a short story (maximum 50 words) and upload them together to the gallery.
We want to read the stories and see the photos of all the stages in your very own growing journey:
- Getting started! Where did you plant the seeds and when? Are you doing the challenge with your family, your friends or at school?
- Show us your seedlings or your fully grown plants. Did you have insects living on your plants or did your neighbour’s cat try to eat it? How often did you need to water it?
- It’s harvest time! We want to see and hear about the fruits (or should that be vegies) or your labour. What are you going to create with your harvest?
You can enter as many times as you like. And to keep the fun going, we’ll be awarding monthly prizes for the best entries, as well as prizes for the grand final winners in each category at the end of the competition which closes 27th September.
So, if you’re 17 years old or younger, and like the idea of winning prizes whilst doing something that’s fun AND good for your environment – it’s time to register for your #wintervegie growing journey!
Registrations open: 3rd March 2014
Registrations close: 4th April 2014
Entries open: 2nd June 2014
Entries close: 27th September 2014
Winners announced: 3rd October 2014
You need to be 17 or under to enter the competition as an individual.
- Community Group e.g. Scouts or Girl Guides
For groups, the main contact person can be an adult who coordinates/supervises that group, however photos and stories by anyone over 17 won’t be entered in the competition gallery and won’t be able to win.
Entries will be judged on:
- Story Telling
- Making your Winter Vegie Growing Journey come to life!
When submitting your entry, remember that:
- Your photo should show us how far along your growing journey you are
- Your story should tell us about your journey and what you’ve experienced along the way
- Your photo must include the competition planter stake you received with your seeds.
- Linda Ross, The Garden Clinic
- Judy Horton, Yates Communications Manager
- Dominic Bayley, Editor of DMAG magazine
- Tessa Jakszewicz, Landcare Australia CEO
First prize: iPad mini, Yates garden pack and Junior Landcare goodies Second prize: A Hexies Kiddies raised garden bed and Yates and Junior Landcare goodies
First prize: Two Hexies large raised garden beds, Yates garden pack and Junior Landcare goodies Second prize: One Hexies large raised garden bed and Yates and Junior Landcare goodies Thank you to our good friends at Hexies for generously supplying the raised garden beds!
Yates is Australia’s leading garden care brand, providing a range of products to enhance our gardens. Yates is a proud partner of Landcare Australia, a national network of thousands of locally-based community groups who care for the natural resources of our country. The Landcare movement is made up of more than 5000 Landcare and Coastcare volunteer groups and many thousands of volunteers across the country. Yates and Landcare Australia have joined together over the past seven years to arrange a series of growing challenges. The Yates Junior Landcare Challenge encourages young people to connect with the land and the soil, learn how plants grow and incorporate gardening into their everyday lives from an early age. All children under 17 are invited to become involved in this year’s Junior Landcare Challenge to engage in the positive health, community and environmental benefits of gardening. Young Australians who want to learn more about gardening can join either the Yates Garden Club (for high school students) or the Yates Garden Greenies Club (for primary school students). Follow Yates Gardening on Facebook for lots of helpful gardening tips!