While some Kiwis are enjoying home grown veges, many are going without vegetables altogether.
So this National Gardening Week (October 18-25) everyone is being encouraged to grow-an-extra-row to share with neighbours, community pantries, food banks and other local food donation agencies.
National Gardening Week aims to foster a love of gardening with a focus on growing not only plants but friendships, good health, strong communities and closer connections with nature.
Whether it's a few pots on the balcony, a small patch or an extensive garden, everyone can experience the joy of gardening.
Popping a few extra seeds in the dirt does not require much effort but could mean so much for another family in need.
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To help get your extra row under way Yates is lending a helping hand by giving away free packets of vegetable seeds by registering on their website.
Once you've grown your veges to share, revisit Yates' website to find a list of the organisations in your area that would welcome your donation.
For even more help to get your extra row under way Yates at Te Awamutu Courier is giving away a hamper full of vege seeds, including some wonderful new varieties as well as old favourites, fertiliser, pest control and Yates' new book Top 50 Edible Plants for Pots, containing the latest in inspiration and practical advice on successfully growing veges and herbs in pots.
To register for your free packet of vege seeds visit yates.co.nz/national-gardening-week/this-year/2021/ between October 1-25.
To be in to win the Yates Vegie Hamper email or mail the Yates Competition, email@example.com or PO Box 1, Te Awamutu and include your name, address and daytime phone number. Deadline is 5pm, Friday, September 24.