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National Children’s Gardening Week

March 30th 2022| Michael Mountford

National Children’s Gardening Week

National Children’s Gardening Week was the brainwave of Neil Grant, Managing director of Ferndale Garden Centre near Sheffield who is also BBC Radio Sheffield’s garden expert and co-presenter of their weekly garden phone in, and it’s widely supported by the whole of the UK garden industry.

It’s now an annual festival of fun that’s embraced in homes, schools, and community groups across the country, and supports the amazing Greenfingers charity, which is dedicated to providing magical gardens for children in hospices suffering from life limiting illnesses.

How To Get Involved

Take a mindful moment in your garden or local green space

Pause for a minute to appreciate the new green leaves, listen for birdsong or enjoy the scents of spring blooms to refresh your mind and senses.

Grab the opportunity to green up your day-to-day

Think about how you can connect with nature in your day-to-day activities – could you walk or cycle through the park on the way to the shops, have lunch al fresco style, or do some yoga in the playground?

Grow your own for National Childen’s Gardening Week

From containers to hanging baskets to vertical wall solutions, stackable pots, there will be something suitable for your space. If you are just getting started you could try growing salad leaves, tomatoes, chillies, and radishes. Why not try herbs on a windowsill or potatoes in a grow bag.

Activities

Make a Bug Hotel

A bug hotel is part garden art and part winter habitat for insects, the garden army that helps to keep the bad bugs under control. You want to be sure that there is a place in your garden for insects to lodge for the winter. Next spring, when they wake up, lay eggs, and sweep your plants clean of aphids and mites, you will thank me. Here is how to make a beneficial bug house for this weekend project.

Design a Zen Garden for School

For many people, the idea of having a quiet space, where they can unwind is bliss. This concept can be expanded upon to create a dedicated space for quiet contemplation. Zen gardens were originally developed by Japanese Buddhist monks as places for meditation. Aspects of Zen design can be incorporated into any landscape of any size.

If this seems like a somewhat daunting task, don’t worry there is a smaller alternative. Designing a mini desk oriented zen garden can provide the same feeling of accomplishment – just make sure to not knock it onto the carpet, all that sand!

Make a bee hotel

The hardworking bee is any keen gardener’s friend. There are several types of bees and not all live in hives, so be kind and make them a lovely place to rest to encourage them to come to your garden to pollinate your plants. You can easily build one from a mix of wood, hollow reeds, bamboo canes or other textured materials such as pinecones and sticks. It is fun and easy to make and can be built in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit any garden. Remember to locate your hotel somewhere sheltered, ideally in a south or easterly direction to keep your flying friends warm.

Sunflower growing race

A good old-fashioned sunflower growing competition brings out the competitive side in both young and old. April and May is the perfect time to start a sunflower competition. Plant and tend to your individual flower and see who can make it grow the highest before the end of summer. The seeds from the flowers make great bird food come winter.

Have a Great Day!

I hope you all have a fun-filled day celebrating National Children’s Gardening Week.

Make sure to tag us on social media with any photos from the day 🙂

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added to the topic calendar!)

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