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Budding entrepreneur St Osyth, a 5-year-old boy, starts a successful plant stall with seeds he has grown from scratch

A budding entrepreneur from Essex has started his own successful stall selling leftover seedlings from his garden – when he was just five years old. George Stafford has been gardening with his mum Nicole, 37, since he was just a year old when the coronavirus lockdown inspired them to ‘grow what they eat’.

The young man’s passion for gardening has only increased year on year and now George, from St Osyth, Essex, has decided to sell his remaining seedlings and plants. Inspired by the popular cartoon Bluey, George sold his entire stock at the stall he manned all by himself, including cucumbers, lettuce and broccoli.

He made a total of £41 by selling the seedlings last weekend (April 13) for prices between £50p and £1. Mum Nicole, a jewelery maker, said: “It’s wonderful for a five-year-old to be excited about plants and getting dirty. I don’t have a kitchen anymore, it’s become a greenhouse.”

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“George knows exactly what he’s doing. He goes out in the morning and waters everything, and he can’t wait to get home from school and check the seeds. He does it all by putting the soil in pots and to make a hole for it.” the seeds with a pencil and then covers the seeds. He cuts the fruit when it is ready. Most kids these days like to be on their Xbox and iPad, but now it’s become a passion for me to keep him interested.”

(Image: Nicole Stafford / SWNS)

Nicole had already helped George, who loves strawberries, by selling some of his seedlings to her friends. However, he decided he wanted his own stall, inspired by his favorite TV show.

The mum-of-three said: “He is a big fan of Bluey where they have stalls at the front of their house. We live on a quiet road so no one would see him if he wanted to go there and try to sell. I posted on our local Facebook group and dozens of people came from the village.’