15 minute Gardener

Native seed bombs

Published by Alix Marschani on 4th November 2019 at 9:01 am | No Comments

A really fun way to get children thinking about seed dispersal. Very few seeds actually survive in the ground during winter as only 1%  is said to make it to spring. This is where the seed bomb can help. What is a seed bomb? Seeds are contained in organic matter, namely potting compost and clay, […]

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A tiny edible garden

Published by Alix Marschani on 21st October 2019 at 8:31 am | No Comments

Since September a small forgotten about space has been turning into the EYFS edible garden. Planters were moved from the playground to this space, weeded, and seeds sprinkled.     BEFORE                                                   […]

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Build a bug hotel

Published by Alix Marschani on 14th September 2019 at 1:26 pm | No Comments

I came across this notice in my local area. So someone has thought about making a wildlife friendly stack on the greenbelt. September is a good time for this activity because as the weather begins to turn autumnal, small creatures like hedgehogs, mice, bugs and bees will be looking for shelter and eventually hibernation. It […]

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Gardening with vegetables

Published by Alix Marschani on 8th September 2019 at 10:11 am | No Comments

This is the view that greeted me when I visited my local allotments. I wanted some ideas for growing vegetables at school and inspire me to get me started. Harvest time is clearly here. Everywhere I looked were fruit and vegetables begging to be picked. The plot I walked around had carrots peeping out of […]

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Plants boost wellness

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th September 2019 at 3:23 pm | No Comments

A GP practice in Manchester is prescribing plants to patients to help relieve some symptoms of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. The patients plant herbs and vegetables at home and bring these back to replant in the communal garden. Dr Philippa James of Cornbrook Medical Practice says: ‘There’s a lot of evidence now about how two […]

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Starting work on the mini-meadow

Published by Alix Marschani on 17th March 2019 at 4:05 pm | No Comments

Everyone can join in with gardening and especially a mini-meadow. This week work begun on our school mini-meadow. Grown-ups prepared the ground, children will sow, insects and birds will get busy! When I explained it could take two years to establish wildflowers – gasps from everyone. Important to appreciate that nature needs to take its […]

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