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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Flowering Plants resource now freely available online

Don't have a school garden but you are studying Green Plants
Flowering Plants - a resource to support the Green plants section of the science, National Curriculum.

It covers:
  • recognition and an understanding of the purpose of the parts of a green plant and a flower
  • the requirements that a green plant has to ensure healthy growth
  • animations showing the processes of photosynthesis, germination, pollination and the various methods through which seeds are dispersed
  • an understanding that there are different groups of flowering plants
  • an understanding that plants grow in different environments and how they adapt to suit specific environments
  • an understanding on the importance of green plants and what they provide

As this resource is new please email me if you find any broken links or have any feedback following use of this or any other of the resources provided. I am only able to offer these resources freely due to the generous support of visitors to my web site who use the links on my shopping pages. Most of the companies that I link to offer a small percentage commission on sales generated from my links.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Win £500 of Gardening Equipment!

To mark the launch of our their hand-tool website WOLF-Garten Direct, Mow Direct are giving away £500 worth of brand new gardening tools to the lucky winner of their competition! Click here for more details

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Warning - handle plants with care in the sunshine

You may have parsnips on your patch that are past their best. Take care when clearing then away as sap from parsnip leaves can react with sunshine and cause the skin to be badly burned and blistered.

Parsnips are related to the giant hogweed which is known for its danger to skin. Parsnips are not the only plants to have potentially dangerous sap, among many others, carrot and celery sap can cause a similar problem.

Care should also be taken when strimming grass in sunny weather - if legs are not covered grass sap is likely to splatter your skin and again react with the sunshine to cause burning.

Unconvinced then read this

If in doubt always wear gloves and have skin covered when cutting plants to expose their sap.