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Potted plants in small garden spaces

April 13, 2015 Filed under Gardening in small spaces

There are lots of ways to make the most of your small garden space.  You may not be able to grow the range of vegetables your parents and grandparetns grew on the bigger slices of land that were typical in the mid-late 20th century.  But that doesn’t mean you need to go without a garden at all. Check out these suggestions from Jane Wrigglesworth

I’m amazed at what some older people are doing in the retirement villages where they often only have a few square meters around their front and back door.  I’ve seen some raised gardens where they grow enough vegetables to be almost self sufficient.  Not a bad achievement.

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Spring school holiday activities

October 8, 2011 Filed under Inexpensive play

These holiday activities are about getting into the garden. The spring holidays are great for gardening as you can sow seeds or plant out seedling with the children and the young ones will see action very quickly.  Even if the spring weather can be a bit dodgy, you’ll still get enough fine days to get a few hours outside.

If you don’t have a garden but do have an outside patio or slab of concrete, you can garden in pots, buckets or other containers.

A favourite with the children will be strawberries.  If the children help you plant strawberries, don’t plan on using them for dessert or to make jam.  Most of the juicy berries will disappear down small throats as soon as they ripen.

This is the beauty of having the children helping you prepare the garden – they will realise where their food comes from.  They may even start to make connections with meat, milk and eggs for example.

Sunflowers also provide a quick result that is so important for kids in the garden. If you sow sunflowers from seed you’ll only have about a week or so of ‘Have they grown yet?’

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