15 minute Gardener

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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Rewild your garden with these easy steps

Published by Alix Marschani on 15th May 2020 at 8:53 am | No Comments

Improving the biodiversity of my garden, for a nature lover, seems a normal activity in these times of lockdown. With noise and pollution levels down, birds, wildlife and plants, all become glaringly obvious in the outdoor spaces we share. Whatever space you have, there is something you can do to keep nature thriving. Here are […]

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Gardening notes in these difficult times: growing asparagus

Published by Alix Marschani on 2nd May 2020 at 8:08 am | No Comments

If you have a garden and are able to enjoy it at this time, you might appreciate a different sort of challenge described here by our guest blogger and avid gardener, Debbie. I have never had so much time to garden at this time of year before and it becomes addictive but nature has a […]

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Planting potatoes in a pandemic

Published by Alix Marschani on 26th March 2020 at 10:08 am | 1 Comment

Day 2 of the national lockdown and we were expecting a small group of keyworker children at school who would need to be occupied in a mixed aged group with shared activities –  should we get on and plant potatoes during the pandemic, I mused? Social distancing This was my shift on the rota for […]

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