Get those little green thumbs out to grow some vegies

WITH less than three weeks until registrations close, the 2014 Yates Junior Landcare Challenge will soon see kids across the country set off on a winter vegie growing journey.

The challenge is a new take on the annual campaign run by Yates and Landcare Australia - this is the first time the focus has been on winter vegetables, and keen green thumbs can get advice in 'real time' via the Yates Ask an Expert functionality.

Rather than vying for the biggest or best, entrants are asked to describe their growing journey and are encouraged to engage online by uploading photos and sharing their experience.

Prizes for the Yates Junior Landcare Challenge - Winter Vegie Growing Journey include an iPad mini and Hexies raised garden beds, as well as Yates garden packs and Junior Landcare goodies.

Open to individuals and group entrants up to the age of 17, participants have until April 4th to register to receive their free packet of seeds, choosing from five winter vegetables.

Once the website opens for photo and story entries in June, monthly prizes will also be awarded for the best upload until entries close at the end of September.

Yates Gardening expert Judy Horton says: "This year's Yates Junior Landcare Challenge is a great way to show kids that gardening can be a fun activity where they can be involved in growing their own food and appreciate the outdoors at any time of the year."

Judges include Linda Ross from radio 2GB's Garden Clinic, DMAG magazine Editor Dominic Bayley, kids and nature blogger Caro Webster, gardening expert and Yates Communications Manager, Judy Horton and Landcare Australia CEO, Tessa Jakszewicz.

Registrations close on April 4, with photo and story entries opening on the 2nd of June and closing on 27th September.

To register and for further information, please visit:

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