15 minute Gardener

What is it with Shiitake mushrooms?

Published by Alix Marschani on 6th December 2020 at 3:23 pm | No Comments

If you are not having luck with growing mushrooms then read this guest gardening blog. Three years ago on a rare trip to Borough Market in London we bought a shiitake mushroom growing kit on a whim. It was not something we had done before but the seller was very persuasive and it was good […]

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Making mulch

Published by Alix Marschani on 28th November 2020 at 12:39 pm | No Comments

Never underestimate the FUN that can be had collecting old leaves. These can provide a useful layer in the compost bin and be turned into mulch to be used in the growing garden. Armed with a bin liner, a group of eight year olds raced around the playground scooping up the fallen leaves. Amidst the […]

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A quick planting activity

Published by Alix Marschani on 28th October 2020 at 10:13 am | No Comments

No one quite believed that the dried peas would actually grow and be edible. For a quick result, dried peas planted into a small pot of compost can yield some edible leaves. Smart restaurants use these in side salads – so, how lucky you are, I told my Y3 gardeners. Too late for a bean […]

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Can you guess where this soil is from?

Published by Alix Marschani on 4th October 2020 at 10:56 am | No Comments

‘Tell me what you think of this soil?’ was my question as the gardening group heaped more from the bucket into the crate. ‘Well, it smells nice…’ said one voice in the crowd. ‘And it is soft?’ piped in another. ‘Hmm… and do you know where this soil comes from?’ The BIG question. I was […]

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Taking steps towards the eco-minded child

Published by Alix Marschani on 28th July 2020 at 9:11 am | No Comments

Making time for environmental issues in the school day is hard when the set curriculum dominates time. But eco-issues interest this generation. This has been seen, for example, in their responses to reducing plastic in school. Whilst I organized the action they took on the responsibility for seeing initiatives through. Everyday actions inspire doable environmentalism. […]

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Gardening notes in these difficult times: hens

Published by Alix Marschani on 17th June 2020 at 8:25 am | No Comments

What do you do when disaster strikes your hens? If your garden is a home to hens then this bit of news from Debbie the gardener will delight you. Sadly a fox got into our fully enclosed hen run recently and left a trail of carnage behind. We rescued a badly injured young Yokohama cock […]

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