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Tuesday, 10 December 2013
If you’re looking to tear your children away from the XBOX or PlayStation, gardening could be the answer. A great choice for little ones is container gardening, which involves sowing and maintaining plants in one pot.
There are lots of benefits to container gardening. If you live in a city or a built-up area, the size of your garden could be limited. Regardless of your outdoor space, this option allows every home, from built-up high-rises to tiny terraces, to stretch their green fingers.
Rather than giving them the whole garden to contend with, the small size of the containers will provide your kids with a manageable plot to work on. It is something they can call their own and be proud of.
Another benefit of container gardening is that it requires minimal equipment. All you need is a few plant pots, some soil and seeds and you are good to go. Although these may be difficult to find at your local supermarket now, specialist gardening retailers stock a great range of essentials all year round. Alternatively you could find what you are looking for online.
Just like your kids, you’ll be really proud of their work and want to show off the pots in your garden. Placing them in an overgrown, unkempt garden will not do them justice though. While the wild winter weather is here, it may not be wise to start your garden renovations right now, but once the spring arrives, it will be the perfect time to transform your garden for summer.
Trying to renovate your garden yourself can be a lot of hard work, especially if you have to fit it around your day job. However, specialist gardening companies like YouGarden can take this stress away from you, transforming even the smallest of spaces. Take a look at their portfolio and see for yourself.
The great thing about container gardening is that you don’t have to wait for the good weather to roll around and can start doing it right away. Take a look at this guide to gardening in December for what you can plant now, and move your containers into a greenhouse or conservatory for protection against the cold.
Written by Karl Black
Posted by Sue Garrett at 09:49
Thursday, 7 November 2013
If you are considering a gardening project with children either at school or with your own child it is important that you choose tools suitable for the age and child of the child. Don't expect a child to become enthusiastic about gardening if they are struggling with either oversized tools or ones more suitable for making sand castles on the beach.
On my website - here - I have some advice on choosing child friendly tools.
Spotty Green Frog is a site that specialises in providing gardening packs for schools as well as individual items and gift packs for your own child.
They also provide kits and equipment to support other gardening related activities click here.
Posted by Sue Garrett at 09:28
Friday, 1 November 2013
Fruitshare have an extremely limited number of additional free apple trees to giveaway to schools in the Yorkshire and Lancashire region.
Hurry click here if you want to have any chance of grabbing some.
Posted by Sue Garrett at 15:35
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has launched a new project to inspire children to grow fruit trees at school. The project was launched launched during the new Channel 4 series River Cottage to the CoreThe offer of free fruit trees to schools produced such a huge demand that the trees had all been snapped up quickly after the announcement was aired during the first programme.
If you missed out on the free trees FruitShare has developed a project called Crowdfunder designed to help you raise funds in order to buy your trees.
The Fruitshare website also has produced a series of videos to take you through the process of growing fruit and also how to use your crops. Click here
The Woodland Trust have also joined the project and have produced a free guide to advise on planting and growing your trees.
They also offer free resources covering everything from planting guides, twig ID sheets, teacher support, pupil worksheets, fascinating facts and curriculum links.
Posted by Sue Garrett at 11:03
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
The start of a new school years isn't exactly the best time to start a gardening project but for one gardening related focus why not concentrate on the birds that visit your patch?
When I was teaching I was amazed that my class of 11 year olds didn't even notice the birds, that were all too easily visible almost every day of their lives, let alone be able to name any. To them the word bird and sparrow seemed synonymous.
Then one of our cleaners referred to a pied wagtail as a baby magpie and was surprised to learn that young birds were not tiny replicas of their parents.
Why not have a go at plugging this knowledge gap and maybe triggering a lifelong interest in watching the birds.
There are many bird related garden activities that you can carry out through winter. This page of my website has some ideas.
I've also put together some pages on my gardening website that includes a printable sheet of photographs to help you teach children (and adults) how to identify some of our most common garden birds.
If you don't work in a school then try a bird related gardening project with your own children or maybe you would like to be better at identifying our common birds yourself. All the photographs are taken in my garden, I always find real photographs are much more helpful than artist's illustrations. I hope my photos help.
Posted by Sue Garrett at 10:14