National Gardening Week: Plants for a Better Planet

19-26 October 2020

Planting for a better planet has never been more important – for food, for the environment and for health. The call is out to New Zealanders to get growing this National Gardening Week and reap the rewards of home-grown food.


To help kickstart your veggie patch and live a more sustainable life, Yates is lending a helping hand. Just register online at between 1-18 October to receive a free packet of veggie seeds.


Top 10 reasons to grow your own food.

  • Fresh vegetables, straight from the garden, when you want them
  • Better tasting food (not sitting on shelves/chillers)
  • Fruit and vegetables can ripen on the plant. Vegetables that ripen in the garden have more nutrients than some store-bought vegetables that must be picked early
  • Children will eat more fruit and veggies if they come from their own garden
  • Minimise your environmental impact
  • Save money
  • Sets children up to learn how to garden and grow their own food
  • Food safety – you’ve grown it… you know where it’s come from
  • Reduce waste – pick only what you need and share or swap what you don’t need with neighbours and friends.
  • Gardening reduces stress and improves physical and mental health


Embrace the goodness of gardening and live a greener life.


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.

Win with Yates

To celebrate National Gardening Week, Yates is giving away a Veggie Grower’s hamper full of goodies to get your veggie garden started and a delightful Kid’s gardening hamper. Simply comment below your best tip on how you keep your garden flourishing. *T&C’s apply.