Woolworths Discovery Garden is back this week! It’s a new eco-friendly mini-collectable campaign for those families with green fingers. But before you get all gloved up and ready to dig, there’s a warning to keep in mind.

The supermarket giant has released the identity of the 24 different seedlings that will be on offer. The list includes mainly herbs and veggies with a few colourful flowers thrown in for some brightness.

From Wednesday 10 February, shoppers can earn a free seedling kit with every $30 spent in-store or online in a single transaction.

The seed packs on offer are:


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1. Chives
2. Cornflower
3. Lemon Balm
4. Oregano
5. Red Basil
6. Sage
7. Thyme


8. Aster
9. Dianthus
10. Lavender
11. Pansy
12. Phacellla
13. Phlox
14. Poppy
15. Salvia
16. Swan River Daisy
17. Zinnia


18. Bunching Onion
19. Cabbage
20. Carrot
21. Cherry Tomato
22. Lettuce
23. Silverbeet
34. Spinach


It’s All About The Bees

Woolworths has pointed out that 21 of the seedlings are bee attracting so are hoping that this year’s Discovery Garden collection will encourage Aussies to think about the roles that bees play in pollination and helping the continuation of our food supply.

What’s In The Kit?

Each seedling collectable kit comes with an cardboard info sleeve and label ; a seed mat made from dissolvable paper ; a wood pulp pot, the actual seeds and the ‘soil’ pellet made from coconut husk.

A Discovery Garden Warning

But the collection is not all honey, bees and roses. A warning circulated during the last Woolworths Discovery Campaign which we thought should be resurfaced.

A mum voiced her concerns after receiving her first seedling collectable as part of the supermarket’s initiative to get kids planting.

Eating The Soil Pellet?

She posted a question on the Mouths of Mums MoM.Answers platform:

“Possible danger of toddler swallowing the circle of soil?
Each Discovery Garden collectable comes with a circle of soil. You add water and it swells up and then the soil is to be added to the pot provided. What if a young sibling thought it was a lolly and swallowed it? I’d hate to think what may happen? Anyone have any idea?”

Vicious Response

Her question was posted on facebook and the question received over 800 comments – but unfortunately most of them viciously tore the poor woman down for even daring to voice her thoughts.

Very few of the commenters actually addressed her concerns at all – most mainly focussed on belittling her and making her feel ridiculous for expressing these worries.

But we do think her concerns are actually valid – especially if you have babies or toddlers at home.

The soil pellet expanding. What would happen if a toddler swallowed this?


Most of the comments called on the mum to make sure that she was supervising when the soil pellets were in reach of little ones.

“Common sense would be ummm to supervise . Like really it doesn’t need a manual to imprint ‘ common sense’

“If a kid can swallow this whole and not choke, they need a medal. And good luck chewing enough off to cause any issues. They’re quite hard!”

“It’s actually so big I don’t think it can just be swallowed. Once they take a bite I’m sure they will taste that it’s not candy.. on another note, don’t leave it somewhere your kid can get to it and maybe look after your kid?”

It Happened To Me!

However, one mum confirmed the poster’s worst fears sharing:

“My 2yr old opened one today took it to his dad and said ooh yum loll loll. Lucky my hubby took it from him and said no.”

“My 13yr old thought they were cookies sitting on the table. I sat silently waiting to see if she would eat it – she didn’t and before anyone has a hissy fit I would have stopped her before it got to her mouth.”


And others were just plain rude:

“Put duct tape over your child’s mouth. Crisis averted.”

“It’s dirt, not drain cleaner. Calm down”

“Oh for god’s sake! That’s why kids have parents! To do these activities with them! Stoopid cow!”

Useful Suggestions

Amazingly, there were a handful of useful suggestions:

“Firstly put the garden promotions somewhere away from toddler I got a toddler and have mine on top of the microwave so she sent reach it but if ur that worried just give it to the next person”

“I did worry about this too but I’ve set up a spot for my boys out of her reach and told them that it’s dangerous for her (I was worried mostly about choking), I can’t have my eyes on her every second and accidents happen but if everyone is aware it can be avoided”

“I mean if it swells inside a child then it’s only going to go straight through them… it doesn’t stay solid. It’s soil. Admittedly you wouldn’t want anyone to swallow it but on the odd cases someone is silly enough to let a young child get their hands on it unattended enough to eat it, I doubt it’s cause any real issues.”

“If your kid eats it, it will swell up to like the equivalent of a mouthful of dirt and their immune system will get a boost just like any kid who has ever eaten dirt.”

“First explain to them, it’s not a lolly, second, wouldn’t you be watching/helping them with it anyway and three, it’s rare that a little bit of dirt is going to be a danger to a child…and four, if you don’t like it, don’t accept it if you shop at Woolies!!!”

“I think if they ate it they will have a full tummy for a while and Poo peat moss. I however doubt the child would eat the whole thing. Younger kids are quick and can get into anything if they want too, supervisions or not they are good, it only takes a second.
Nasty comments to this lady with a legit concern is not on.”

Funny Ones

And we couldn’t help giggling about some answers:

“If they swallow the dirt make them swallow the seed then let them crap in the garden… It’s be a great fertilizer and you’ll have a bumper crop…”

“Just check the kid in a few weeks for a carrot.”

“Look on the bright side, you wouldn’t need to give the turdler lunch that day. I’m sure there’s more nutrients in that soil disk than chicken nuggets.”

“If they eat the soil pod administer the seeds immediately. Give a glass of water, and plant them in the garden.”

Whatever your response is, it’s a pity that this mum was taken down for expressing a genuine worry. Definitely something to keep in mind as you start building your collection this time ’round.

Are you planning on taking part in the new Woolworths Discovery Garden? Tell us in the comments below.

  • I collect these for me and love growing my little plants


  • Everything is a eating problem for some kids, can just narrow it to these. Thats why there is warning in everything


  • I love these. I’m growing mine and have completed my collection. My kids don’t really care for it. So it’s just me.


  • I have already grew some.My kids are watching them every day.


  • I will collect them but won’t panic if I miss out. I’ll just be grateful for whatever ones I get since I can only shop once a month. It’s a 2 hour drive either way because we live in a rural community. Whatever I get will be a bonus.


  • No, I’m not. I’m not much of a Woolies shopper and not inclined to shop there for this promo.


  • Not going to chase these but will collect if I hallen to shop at Woolworths.


  • Yes I do plan on taking part. Collecting and growing some seeds. Nice warnings for those with toddlers… or at the other end of the spectrum those with dementia patients to care for.


  • Oh dear haha. Firstly there are many dangers around the home for kids who are at the putting things in their mouth stage. But we can’t watch our kids every second of the day so we need to use our common sense and keep these things out of reach as much as possible!


  • I must say I wouldn’t have this sort of thing within reach until I was ready to plant and then I’d be doing most of the work with my child ‘helping’. As with most things common sense prevails.


  • I do feel that some people want to worry over every little thing, but that is no excuse for people being rude.


  • It’s a shame that people responded that way. I personally would have them out of reach where the child could not reach them. Unfortunately when something is posted on social media you will always get your negative Nancy’s.


  • We will be collecting


  • Yes, I think it’s a lovely initiative. Even when they don’t work out and no plants come up, it’s nice to try :)


  • Would be nice to get some Sunflowers this time as a child would get excited to have one come up.


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