Get your free seeds in the post and join Together TV's Sunflower Challenge!

13 May 2021 - By: SEB

Get your free seeds in the post and join Together TV's Sunflower Challenge!   

Sunflower Challenge Teaser Header (photo by Brett Sayles via Pexels)_0

 

The SEB is excited to support Together TV in their new UK based initiative “The Sunflower Challenge”. This project aims to help people connect to their community, their outdoor space and improve mental health. The Sunflower Challenge will distribute 400,000 free sunflower seeds across the UK supported by a 12-week growing journey and exclusive video content from TV’s “The Instant Gardener” Danny Clarke. Along the way there will be opportunities to share your progress with other sunflower growers, and even win prizes.

The scheme is very simple:

1.     Order your FREE sunflower seeds using the Together TV form

2.     Follow the instructions to gather the equipment you need

3.     Use the email tutorials to sow, grow and enjoy your sunflowers!

We love this challenge as it gives everyone an opportunity to experience the joy of plants, but being the SEB, we wanted to add a little experimental biology twist. Throughout the challenge we will be bringing you some exciting articles, sharing some of the science behind sunflowers and how experimental research using sunflowers has aided our understanding of larger global issues like tackling climate change and protecting food security.

We are also encouraging any child under the age of 12 to design and conduct their very own experiment using their sunflower seeds. If you know a child, school or youth group who would like to take part then please share the information with them. The winner will have their article published in the SEB Magazine and receive a Giant Microbe© plant cell toy.

Not based in the UK? No problem! We encourage all our members from across the globe to get involved too. Simply buy your own sunflower seeds or any other seeds of your favourite flower or plant and join in too! Some other flowers that are easy to grow include nasturtiums, marigolds, sweet peas, and pansies. If you fancy something edible why not try carrots, sweetcorn, beans, or tomatoes?

We’d love to see the photos of your progress and even feature them on the website.
So please email pictures of your seeds, shoots and sunflowers to r.ellerington@sebiology.org or tag us on social media using the handle @SEBiology and the hashtags #SEBsunflowers #SunflowerChallenge. You can also tag @TogetherukTV for wider views!

See the SEB Sunflower Challenger page 
Read the "The Beauty and Versatility of Sunflowers" article by Andrew F. Galloway

Author: SEB
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