We all know that schools are busy trying to keep up with their targets, admin and assessments. So how on earth are they able to offer ‘extras’ in the form of subjects such as gardening? The key to being able to enhance kids’ lives lies in the creative energy of teachers and staff. So, rather than treat the garden as an extra, why not make it part of everyday life? Here's how to do it:Read more
Simple ideas for kids during National Children's Gardening Week, 25 May to 2 June!
School holidays! It's that glorious time of year when the space at home can be extended outdoors. But here in the 21st century there's always going to be competition. The Internet beckons with its hugely addictive attraction. Why we all find it so thrilling is a bit of a mystery, but everyone from tots to teenagers seem unable to resist the lure of a screen. This is why we need to provide even greater inspiration and adventure. Here's how to do it with the kids:
Let's start with some of the most poisonous and just mention that it's quite rare for people or pets to choose to eat toxic plants. But indeed, it does happen. Some poisonous plants dont even need to be eaten in order to prove fatal. Indeed, gardeners are believed to have been killed by wolfsbane, or Aconitum, which is also known as monkshood. This attractive plant (pictured below) has large leaves and purple, hooded flowers which look rather like cowled monks hoods. It will be known to Harry Potter fans as Wolfsbane!Read more
Pets and plants. Do they make perfect partners? The garden is a great place for children and pets, right? Correct. But it's sensible to be aware of the potential dangers out there too. Of course there are plenty of practical hazards to be negotiated in both homes and gardens. Particularly the transition between the two. Both pets and children can fall out of windows. One would hope that parents and carers pay great attention to the supervision of children. But perhaps not so with pets.Read more