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Ideas for a primary school gardening club

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 11:15

Have you contacted the RHS for help and advice?  They have a huge project going on to introduce gardening to schools and make it part of the curriculum.

For gardening clubs they have this info and advice on their site https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Resources/Info-Sheet/Simple-Gardening-Club-Ideas  No harm in asking for more specific help.

Last edited: 29 August 2016 11:16:11


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 11:01

Crows mob buzzards here too but I've seen a heron mobbing crows that got too near its nest.  Very noisy.

Glad you all had a good time LP.   

Unfortunately, all too many little wayside memorials for pedestrians and cyclists.  At the risk of making sweeping generalisations, Belgians don't like being "governed" - all those centuries of being invaded and occupied and ruled by the Burgundians, French, Spanish, Dutch and Germans in turn - and tend to obey rules that suit them so paying taxes, speeding, seat belts, drink driving and mobile phone behaviour improves slowly and the Walloons adapt slower than the the Flemish.   That said, the Flemish are now quite strict on road behaviour and the Walloons have managed to reduce road accident deaths by 25% in recent years so just a few die hards left to convert to socially responsible behaviour.

Hosta - recorded it too but not seen it yet.

DD - Enjoy your day.   Making yourself at home will be so good for both of you.

We are downsizing to a smaller house - 2 fewer beds and bath, no attic - and a bigger garden but half of that is pasture and the rest is blank canvas.   Possum is going to an apartment in Namur to finish her studies so 2 moves and lots of sorting.   Like you, the new house has shutters so no need for curtains but I will be taking nearly all ours as they are good for the acoustics and colour factor.    Have had to adapt some old ones for Possum which took time and some new tape and thread but otherwise free.

Now to do a sort of plants for which to keep and take and which can be given away.  As ever I have spares and backups from the divisions I took earlier.......   Seeds to colect too and maybe one or two special clems to dig up and take.   The new people are not gardeners and will have poultry.  Heaven forfend!


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 08:03

Love the sound of buzzards mewing.  We have a huge field at the back of us which creates thermals so we get mum and dad teaching their young how to use them.   Lovely sights and sounds.

Thank you

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 07:58

It's a great forum isn't it?  Lots of questions.  Lots of answers based on experience.

Lovely people happy to help and really lovely when someone says thank you.


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 07:47

Cool and cloudy start today with a breeze so feeling a lot fresher than recently.   Sat on the sofa checking the news and slurping my first black coffee of the day.   Taking Possum to Namur and doing an SM raid and then gentle pottering rather than frantic sorting.

Still have to fetch Possum occasionally from a late night but would rather do that than be like the two sets of parents who let their scouting sons walk home, inebriated, at 2am along country lanes after a heavy session at the local football club only to have them killed by an even more drunk scout master driving home after everyone had left.   I pass the forlorn little wayside memorial every time I go to Gembloux.  So many lives wrecked.

Our dogs "knock" on the back door when they need to go in or out unless they've heard a critter in the garden in which case they leap up and down and yelp and squeal.  One 30 kilo Labrador and and 17 kilo terrier so very funny and most unbecoming.

Hope you get your firewood cut Pat.

Have a good BH everyone.


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 21:23

The RHS Plant Finder facility says this nursery has them - https://www.deaconsnurseryfruits.co.uk/ 


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 19:15

Well done Dew.  I get to ponder about and fix plumbing problems too.   

Clari too.   Sounds exhausting.

Hosta - good man for going back.

WW - congrats on the new job.  Sounds like fun.

DD - I hope you've been enjoying your time off.

I am shattered.  A chappy came round to look at all our stuff and estimate for packing up the fragiles and moving it all.   Worked like mad for the last couple of weeks to weed and sort and chuck and organise so we could get decent estimates.  Pressure off once he'd gone and I collapsed in a comatose, headachy heap.   Had a zizz and felt worse.    Need a good sleep tonight too. 

Bon appetit for anyone having dinner soon.   Cheers!


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 16:22

I have frequently overwintered fuchsias in the greenhouse which is unheated but does get lined with bubble wrap for winter.  I get them in before the first frosts and make sure they have a good drink and are then well drained.  Check for broken or damaged stems and remove them.

I don't bother with cutting them back or fleecing and most survive.   Leaving the tips on means they take any frost and the heart of the plant is safer and thus more likely to sprout new stems in spring.  Then you can cut off the dead stuff and feed and pot on in fresh compost for a happy fuchsia summer.

Big ideas for my small patio!

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 15:16

The simplest way to screen the big black block on the right - and maybe the extractor fan too - is to buy a panel or two of trellis and attach it to some posts supported on feet.  You can get metal "bolt downs" which would anchor them eg - http://www.grangefen.co.uk/traditional-fencing/fence-supports.html 

Then you can stand pots or a trough in front with smaller plants and make seasonal changes as desired.    In a windy site it is important to use the largest pots you can both for anchorage and so plants don't dry out too fast.   Top the compost with a mulch of chipped bark to retain moisture without adding too much weight.   Look for plants that move well in wind such as some of the grasses and airy plants that let the wind blow through rather than providing resistance.   

The RHS has this practical advice for roof gardens - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=674  It tells you what you need to consider for maintenance and suggests some plant groups.

The wall at the back is lovely with all those stones.   What colour you choose for the cement walls will depend on whether you want your terrace to be calm/cool/modern/bright/funky so muted pastels will offset the plants well and work in most light conditions; earthy stone, ochre and grey shades will also set off your plants but may be a bit dull on grey days; vibrant yellows, fuchsias or oranges will stand out all year but may make the space look smaller and so on.

Get a few tester pots and try some in shade and full sun to see which you prefer.

Well done for your transformation so far.

Big ideas for my small patio!

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 13:03

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