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Gardening as part of the National Curriculum

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 08:05

Just watching the BBC news and the potential of gardening becoming part of the National Curriculum. The Prime Minister's comment in a speech a couple of years ago, which equated gardening skills with litter collection seems to have galvanised the RHS and schools to hit back.

It's a no-brainer for me, and I'm sure most people on this forum, to know that gardening provides the basic essentials for the majority of sciences. My own interest in gardening, which started mumbly mumbly years ago, sparked my interest and resulted in a degree in Environmental Earth Sciences.

I'm still a strong advocate of litter collection though. Litter ruins the look of a garden   

daffs

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 10:04

Forgot to mention that if they don't flower at all they could need splitting. If they become congested it will impede the flowering

daffs

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 10:03

The only daff I have flowering at the moment is Tete-a-Tete. Eveything else just a bunch of green leaves. Some have buds, but others haven't. I'm pretty sure the weather is to blame. Keeping my fingers crossed that the buds will arrive eventually

New South facing garden

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 09:50

Plants in my south-facing front border which particularly attract wildlife are Verbena boniariensis, Sedums (various species), Achilleas, Agastache, Alliums, Geums, Eryngiums, Paeonies(various single species).

Shrubs - I have a Virbunum bodnantes as it's a great winter flowering shrub - it's flowered constantly for the last few months! Sambuccus nigra - great for berries for the birds as well as flowers

This RHS page gives a fairly comprehensive list

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Sustainable-gardening/Plants-for-pollinators

 

Adding chicken droppings to compost?

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 09:24

NOOO don't dispose of them Tracey . They're a great addition to compost!

I'm  not sure I'd add them to leaf mould but that's because I store it in those bags you get firewood in  and therefore have quite large holes (think it would seep out and be difficult to handle). I suppose if you use standard plastic bags then it would be ok.

Lawn condition

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:39

Lawn and chickens. Does that count as an oxymoron? 

The average gardener

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:36

Sue H, that's not even a gardener 

The average gardener

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:34

I agree Dove,  we need to define what average is. Here's my definition of an average gardener:

Can identify plants that are in your garden

Know that aspect, soil type and watering regime are important

Know the definition of a weed

Know which bugs are good and which aren't so good

Know the difference between organic and inorganic fertilisers

Any other suggestions?

 

Is it me?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:23

I think Monty gave a good piece of advice when he said to ignore what he or any garden show says and go with what your weather is like locally. My ground is hard, I put water out for the birds and an hour later it's frozen, might just manage broad beans in my raised bed. Sharpening the garden tools and watching GW is my limit of gardening activity at the mo.

The A-Z of Gardening's been good, and I'm glad they're now showing this and GW on sunday morning

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