My name is Ben Faulks. I am a Cornish born actor and writer based in Manchester.
It's been over 2 years since I first wheeled a pram full of baby vegetables into the BBC. Thankfully, I wasn't redirected down the road to Shepherds Bush Market…
I'd written an interactive theatre show about baby vegetables and been touring it around the UK and Europe for a few years before having the idea of how it could be adapted for TV. Thank the sky, the idea caught the attention of the BBC and so began what would eventually become Mr Blooms Nursery.

2009 saw the idea begin development, with lots of trips down to London, working up the idea and debating whether Margaret really was the right name for a cabbage. Then came 2010 where the production actually started, and in Manchester of all places! Half the filming was in a studio and the other half on location. Needless to say it rained (a lot) but it didn't stop us. All the children for the series came from the local area and weren't actors or trained in any way, so the interactions between them, myself and the puppets have a really natural feel to them. Mix that up with a spot of gardening, singing and dancing vegetables and I think we've got an interesting mix!

The fact that this is the first CBeebies in-house show out of Manchester is brilliant. Having lived and worked here for the last 10 years it's a fantastic feeling and with the launch only just around the corner, I can't blooming wait!

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  • Comment number 41. Posted by Amanda

    on 24 Nov 2011 23:58

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  • Comment number 40. Posted by sarahmash

    on 23 Nov 2011 12:12

    i am a grandmother and also love to watch the show with my grandaughter. margaret is a wonderful name for a cabbage and my lydias loves her best. we are hopeing to get tickets to the show if poss. thanks for all the good work you are doing, bringing happiness to so many kids

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  • Comment number 39. Posted by Gemma

    on 23 Oct 2011 17:11

    Hi I was just wondering if there are any plans to make any DVD's as my daughter absolutely adores this show and I quite like it too He He.

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  • Comment number 38. Posted by Bryan J

    on 16 Oct 2011 08:36

    best show on Cbeebies, my 2 love the show, and we came to see you live in Swindon this summer (baby veg's very cute). Keep up the great work Ben...ps the wee McGregors rule!

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  • Comment number 37. Posted by mcbella

    on 22 Sept 2011 16:23

    hi there all,
    i agree with people you have done a brilliant job at launching this childrens programme as my lil 8 month old boy loves it his face lights up every time it comes on. And it will educate him about vegetables. :) keep up with the good work ben.

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by essi

    on 5 Sept 2011 09:49

    my daughter is 3 and loves this programme. she was born with albinism and so is partially sighted (virtually blind in one eye and only half a metres vision in the other) and due to this has had numerous tactile phobias since birth. mr blooms nursery has got her so interested in the garden that she now enjoys planting and all sorts, something she has never done before due to her not wanting to touch soil grass etc. thank you mr bloom!!!

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by sarah

    on 1 Sept 2011 12:05

    my 3 yr old daughter adores u! she plays with her prtend mobile claiming to text u or call u and she tell everyone u r the best. thank you for being u mr bloom ur gr8 x

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    on 18 Aug 2011 17:56

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by Prickly Angel

    on 13 Jun 2011 23:20

    My three-year-old daughter has bloomed with our new allotment...!
    Planting seeds, weeding, digging, painting our fences and new shed, and even bringing in scores of little pink wheelbarrow-loads of topsoil from the other end of our site have not been beyond her -- televisual inspiration from Mr Bloom, arriving around the same time that growing season on our new allotment began for us. (At home, Somerset-born Daddy lives not too far north of Manchester and looks and sounds like Mr Bloom!)
    I have to say a massive 'Thank You' to Ben Faulks: my daughter is not only besotted by Colin the runner bean, she has been trying to identify EVERYTHING that we and our fellow plot-holders are growing -- and has been learning even the Latin names of some of our weeds. I can't thank everyone involved enough for the production of this series, both for the interest my daughter has developed in her environment, and for the deepening love she now shares with me for growing our own food.

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by jackie

    on 3 Jun 2011 09:50

    My grandson who is 15 months old loves the programme and will dance to all the tunes, at the end of the show he will get his blanket,lie down with it and wait for Mr Bloom to sing night night veggies, so much fun to watch him, thank you Ben for having a great idea and holding onto it, well done. xxx

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