1. School gardens, how to incorporate gardening into the curriculum. Why do it?

    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:

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  2. Four fun ways to entice the kids outdoors during National Children's Gardening Week and beyond.

    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:

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  3. 7 ideas to brighten up the November garden - and your life!

    7 ways to set November alight as the clocks go back!

    November brings its own share of challenges to the garden-lover. You might have to arouse your passion in order to overcome dreary surroundings. Drizzle, mist, frost and dark hours at both ends of the day contrive to banish garden activity to memory – apart from weekends and non-working days of course. Here's seven ideas to brighten up your life at this time of year! Read more
  4. Why you should be scared in October

    Scared to enter the season of spirits? Here's how to cope with the dark forces that are coming.

    Halloween is coming. But what does it all mean? It's all part of the dark season in which witches, ghosts and flickering lights are upon us! The gloomy evenings are already a-glow with signs that there’s something spooky about to happen and feeling scpooked is all part of the entertainment. Read more
  5. Ideas for Easter: how to get the kids outdoors this spring

    How to have fun during the Easter holidays

    Easter is approaching (Sunday 16 April) and the glorious, warming weather provides a great incentive for all of us to enjoy the garden. Get the kids outdoors having fun during the school holidays now and they will form habits that will last through the summer. Read more
  6. Kids and gardens make a great combination and there's still time to enter the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year competition

    8 reasons to get your kids out into the garden this spring

    There’s no doubt that gardening, in all its various guises, is a fun and healthy activity for kids. Gardening provides a lot of enjoyment and it has huge educational and health implications too. gardening, schools, children, kids, garden, growing, bucket, watering, pails, farmyard, perfectplants.co.uk Give children a bucket, like these picturing farmyard animals from Perfectplants.co.uk, and they will be happy for hours! Read more
  7. Six non-toxic plants that are safe around children and pets

    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 don’t 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!

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  8. Six sustainable steps along the path to a better world

    Greening up lives. The way forward in sustainable steps

    We’ve all become accustomed to the many, varied and sometimes curious words connected to ‘sustainability’ and the environment. Related terminology is now part of the national lingo. Hopefully, by now, most people lead at least partial sustainable lives and are ‘environmentally aware’.  Even if you choose to ignore the message, there's no doubt  that it is up to each and every one of us to play a part in protecting the planet. What part do gardens play in all this? Quite a large part, actually... Read more
  9. Six ways to keep cool! Enjoy the garden in hot weather this July & August.

     

    Feeling hot in the garden?

    Are you feeling hot? There's been quite a bit of heat lately. Perhaps you have realised that your garden has been planned to catch as much sun as possible. Shade seems unnecessary when the skies are generally grey.  It’s not until the hot weather hits that we appreciate the value of cool, shady seats. They benefit from being situated in a part of the garden that is protected from sun. Read more
  10. Danger in the garden. Is yours safe for pets ... or is your dog at risk from poisoning?

    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. Window, accident, fall, garden, emergency, safety, prevention, hurt, hospital It's tempting to have the windows open. But are your pets (or children) safe? Read more
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