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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Growing Guides

You may be interested in a set of growing guides that I put together a while ago in the form of mini websites.

There are four guides covering:

Each follows the life cycle of each plant from seed to harvest with illustrated information about how to grow. 

The language is kept as simple as possible to make it as widely accessible as possible but would be equally suitable to adults starting out on growing the own vegetables as well as for use with children.

In schools, the format makes it suitable for whole class use on an interactive whiteboard.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Dig for Victory

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Victory Garden Infographic

For more ideas for linking the curriculum to gardening click here

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Guest Post - Container gardening for kids

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

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Having trouble finding gardening tools for children?

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.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Free fruit trees for schools in Yorkshire & Lancashire

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.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Want to grow fruit trees at school?

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 Core
The 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.