Time to make a seedbed

With soil temperatures warming and windowsills overflowing, many gardeners are desperate to begin sowing directly outside during April. You’d think that making a seedbed would be a simple task, and…

How to grow clematis

© Time Inc   Clematis mingle well with existing climbers and wall shrubs, taking up little extra space. They can deliver flowers every month of the year and are largely…

How to make an Easter Tree - a great project for children

Making an Easter Tree helped my boys to learn about the seasons, says Katherine Miller It was not long into the new year before my 4-year-old started to ask how…

Chitting potatoes in eggs boxes with kids.

It’s Valentine’s Day and my two eager students have been chitting seed potatoes by setting them in open egg boxes in a warm, dry, light place. I told them that…

Great autumn projects for kids - Pumpkins

Growing pumpkins from seed is great project for kids. Big seeds and sturdy seedlings produce fruit in time for Halloween, with very little maintenance along the way… Sowing pumpkins Pumpkin…

Sowing cress seed with small children

My two-year-old enjoyed finding tiny containers (his toy cars!) in which to grow his cress seeds, and he was delighted to see it sprouting the very next day. Tips on…

Companion planting - a good lesson for children

Companion planting shows how plants can work together to do a good job, demonstrating how valuable teamwork can be. The children planted nasturtiums with runner beans to lure aphids away…

How to make plant labels and cloches - an upcycling project for children

It’s all about recycling at primary school, and I am getting regular lectures on this subject from my 5-year-old son. He was really enthusiastic about ‘ upcycling ’ our waste…

How to plant runner beans with kids

To brighten up our vegetable patch, the boys have painted some bamboo canes with leftover shed paint. Grandad recommends soaking the runner bean seeds overnight in water to help germination,…

Observing broad beans - a great project for children at home or at school

Broad beans are facinating to watch. Take a cardboard tube with some kitchen paper rolled around it (we used red tissue paper) and place it into a clear plastic cup…