A couple of weeks ago the lovely people over at innocent drinks sent us some goodies so that we could take part in their #sowandgrowuk campaign. This campaign is aimed at encouraging children to grow their own vegetables and fruit as a way of encouraging them to eat more fruit and vegetables themselves. A survey carried out by innocent drinks found that 84% of parents believe children would be more open to eating fruit and vegetables if they knew where their food came from.
Growing your own vegetables is easy!
I am always very keen to try to encourage my two to eat more fruit and vegetables so we were very excited to get on board. The girls loved planting their seeds and for the past two weeks they have been carefully cultivating their produce. We have been discussing what helps seeds grow and the girls informed me that they needed lots of sunlight and water. Our house windowsills have been covered with innocent pots. It’s worked though! The girls have surprised me with how keen they have been to take responsibility for their seeds. They have been checking them every day and were so excited when the cress first started to shoot up. Now, if we are able to grow produce in our house then anyone can do it. We aren’t known for being the most green fingered but even we managed it!
It really does encourage your child to eat more vegetables and fruit
Now the cress shot up really quickly and the girls were very excited to try it. Even Youngest, who is a vegetable phobic, was begging for some. They tried some straight from the pot and declared it to be yummy! This is a major win for me. My children voluntarily tried something new that was healthy. Oldest liked it so much that she asked me if I could add cress to her sandwiches. So all of last week Oldest had sandwiches with a garnish of cress. She was very proud of herself and showed everyone at lunchtime the labours of her hard work.
Even more exciting is that it seems to have prompted Youngest to want to try new fruit and vegetables. We went to the supermarket and Youngest was picking up pomegranate and melons and asking if we could try to grow them at home. She then asked if we could buy them so that she could try them. As a result of the #sowandgrowuk campaign my two seem more open minded about trying different vegetables and fruit so I am thrilled.
Recording the progress
The educational pack has proved fantastic too. The children have been learning without realising as they have been enjoying what they are doing so much. We have been recording how the vegetables are growing and can see that they are making fantastic progress.
The runner beans
It might have only been two week but the runner beans are making amazing progress and growing rapidly. So much so that I think we might have to transfer them soon. As we have a patio garden we will need to find some big tubs and hopefully they will continue to flourish outside.
The carrots are growing at a slower pace but they are still doing brilliantly and we are hopeful for a good crop eventually.
This fantastic #sowandgrowuk campaign has opened our eyes to the importance of growing our own vegetables. It has also made us realise how simple it is to grow our own vegetables. If we can do it then anyone can do it. Give it a go, see what you can grow on your window sill.
Is your school signed up? If so then upload your photos at https://innocentsowandgrow.com/ to be in with the chance to win monthly prizes from innocent and see your classroom crowned as Sow & Grow champions!
Following the repackage of innocent kids drinks, consumers can also win seed packs by following the instructions on pack. Available nationwide now in most major supermarkets. Good luck!”
Disclaimer – please note that this was a collaborative post with innocent drinks. However, I was not paid for this post.