We have had a great response to our Wildflower Seed Project 2012/2013 from schools, and community associations that support children, if you want to get involved, start collecting your seeds now before the plants have dropped them all and register your group before 31st October 2012.
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Posted in Gardening at Home, Gardening at School, School Projects, tagged collect seeds with children, Collecting seeds, Collecting Wildflower Seeds, education, environmental education, gardening in school, gardening with children, grow wildflowers, kids gardening, recycle works, recycleworks, school gardening, School Projects, sow wildflowers seeds, The Recycle Works, The Recycleworks Wildflower Seed Project 2012/2013, Wildflower Seed Project 2012/2013, Wildflower seeds on September 8, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Collecting seeds is a wonderful thing to do with children and they will learn where seeds come from. Not only will they be rewarded with free seeds but also lots of free plants too in spring and with the satisfaction that they have grown them themselves from ‘their’ seed.
Posted in Gardening at School, General, School Projects, Wildlife, tagged bird feeding, chickens at school, children, Eco Committee, education, environmental education, feed the birds, garden care during the holidays, gardening in school, gardening with children, gardening with raised beds, grow your own, Jubilee tree, jubilee tree planting, kids gardening, recycle works, recycleworks, school garden in summer, school gardening, School Projects, school wildlife, The Recycle Works, wildlife gardening on July 20, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Last week the Eco Committee members at Thomas’s School were invited by the Parish Council, in co-operation with the Borough Council, to plant a tree as a final act in the local Jubilee celebrations. The tree, an English Oak, was planted in open space land in the village so that it can be enjoyed by future generations and there will be a plaque put next to it to commemorate the Queens Diamond Jubilee. The children (including Thomas) put the top soil around the tree and sprinkled wildflower seeds around the base.
Thomas has been on the Eco Committee this year and has thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the Eco work at school as well as providing his own input with regards to the wildlife that is in the school grounds. The School has put up bird boxes one of which has a camera, a bird table for feeding the birds, a nesting material holder, fat ball feeders and other bird feeders as well as insect houses.
The school gardening year has come to an end and preparations have been made for the summer holidays. All the young plants in pots have been planted in the ground, climbing plants have been tied in and supports provided, and the raised beds have been weeded and covered with netting to deter unwanted visitors.
During the holidays Thomas and I will make regular checks to keep the garden ticking over until September this ties in well with feeding the school chickens as Thomas has been put on the ‘chicken rota’ again which I have to say I enjoy doing as much as he does. We are both looking forward to those super fresh boiled eggs!
Click here for our top 10 tips for caring for the school garden during the holidays.
Love your environment and enjoy your holidays
Posted in General, Wildlife, tagged bird feeding, bird watching, childrens activity, education, environmental education, free family activity, free holiday activity, Nature watching, recycle works, recycleworks, RSPB Make your nature count survey, The Recycle Works, watch animals, watch birds, watch nature on May 31, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
If you enjoyed taking part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch in January this year or maybe you missed out why not take part in the RSPB’s ‘Make Your Nature Count’ Survey next week from Saturday 2nd June to Sunday 10th June.
To take part all you need to do is to watch which birds and creatures visit your garden or local park for one hour during those dates and record the highest number seen at any one time then send in your results before 2nd July 2012.
This survey is a bit different than the Big Garden Birdwatch as creatures e.g. Bagdger, Grey Squirrel, Slow Worm, Muntjac Deer, Hedgehog, Roe Deer, Mole and Red Squirrel and Blackbird, Robin and Song Thrush chicks can be included. Only record the birds that land in your garden or park with the exception of Swifts and House Martins as these are most likely to be seen in flight. To help you to identify the species there is a Counting Sheet available to download.
By taking part in the UK’s largest garden wildlife survey you will be helping to build a picture of the wildlife that visits green spaces in summer.
This is a great free half term holiday activity that all the family can take part in, all you need is a pencil, paper and if you have some a pair of binoculars plus a little bit of patience! If you are watching the birds on the park why not take a picnic as well.
We will be taking part too, Thomas can’t wait.
Posted in Ask an Expert, Gardening at Home, Gardening at School, School Projects, tagged basil, childrens seeds, container gardening, coriander, cress, dill, education, fast crops, Fast growing seeds, gardening in a raised bed, gardening in school, gardening with children, gardening with raised beds, grow your own, growing herbs, growing herbs in a hanging basket, herbs, kids gardening, lettuce leaves, mustard, parsley, quick crops, recycle works, recycleworks, rocket, school gardening, School Projects, windowsill gardening on April 27, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
I had an ‘Ask the Expert’ enquiry this week from Natalie who wanted some advice on which seeds to buy from our website that she could grow at her son’s nursery garden. She wanted to grow things that the children could eat at their snack time but the only draw back was that they had to be able to pick them between now and the end of June before they break up, here was my advice:
As you are limited for time (approx. 9 weeks before the end of June) the quickest things to sow/grow/harvest would be vegetables/herbs that are grown for their leaves rather than their fruit (tomatoes) or roots (carrots, beetroot).
Mustard and Cress are perhaps the easiest and quickest to grow and can be eaten in approx. a week, these can be sown little and often, sow indoors not too thickly on a thin layer of moist compost or moist tissues, cover with a piece of paper until they are 1”(25cm) and then cut when they are about 2”(50cm).
Salad Leaves (Red & Green mixed) are very quick to mature and their different coloured leaves look attractive.
available to buy separately is Parsley (this can sometimes be slow to germinate)
To get them all off to a good start I would sow them in Pots/Trays in a Propagator or on a warm sunny windowsill. When they are big enough to handle re-pot them into Larger Pots/Trays with more space to grow, again returning them to the windowsill until they are large enough to plant outside when the weather if favourable.
It is advisable to protect them with Fleece if any frost is forecast until they are well established.
For best results they should be in a warm, sheltered and sunny position.
I hope that Natalie and all the children enjoy sowing and growing their seeds and they enjoy eating the lovely fresh leaves too.
Posted in Home Farming, School Projects, Wildlife, tagged chicken house, chicken run, chickens and children, chickens at school, chickens in your garden, education, friendly chickens, recycle works, recycleworks, School Projects, school wildlife, Warren chickens on April 22, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Back home from our Easter break one of our first duties was to feed the school chickens, pupils can volunteer to be put on ‘The Chicken Rota’ to look after the chickens during the holidays and at weekends, we were down for four days during the Easter holidays.
The school has four Warren chickens and they live on the school field in a very desirable chicken house with a large run. They were always very pleased to see us, I am sure they must miss the children during the holidays. We topped up their food and gave them clean water and straw for their nest boxes and were rewarded with four lovely fresh eggs each day, they were all different sizes and colours and some were still warm, I don’t know who enjoyed looking after the chickens the most my son or me!
We then took a detour down to the river to see the Sand Martins they have just arrived back from the South Sahara and they make their nests (burrows) in the sandy bank on the opposite side of the river, there was also a Mallard Family with their two young ducklings these are the first ones I have seen this year.
Back home we had the best ever boiled eggs for dinner!
Keeping chickens in your garden is becoming very popular and I can now understand why. They are easy to look after, fascinating to watch, friendly, make brilliant ‘pets’ for children, take up very little room and will ‘recycle’ a lot of your kitchen scraps into delicious eggs.
Have you got room for chickens in your garden?
Posted in Gardening at Home, Gardening at School, School Projects, Wildlife, tagged education, environmental education, free school trees, free trees, gardening in school, gardening with children, Jubilee project, Jubilee Wood, recycle works, recycleworks, School Projects, school wildlife, tree planting, Trees and the environment, wildlife gardening, Woodland Trust on April 15, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
This year the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee and a fantastic way to celebrate this historic event, which will provide a lasting and truly environmental tribute, is to plant a tree or wood. The Woodland Trust is helping millions of people in the UK to come together to plant 6 million trees. The aim of their Jubilee Project is to create hundreds of Jubilee Woods and 60 special Diamond Woods, which will transform our landscape in a generation. Individuals, communities, schools and families are being invited to take part to plant thousands of trees in their gardens (trees in pots count too), playgrounds and community space. Schools and community groups can apply for free tree packs.
All types of trees can be planted e.g. Fruit Trees (Apple, Plum, Pear, Cherry), Trees with berries (Hawthorn, Rowan), Trees with Nuts (Hazel, Cob Nut, Oak), Native, Deciduous or Evergreen Trees, Trees for Autumn Colour or Blossom, or Trees to attract wildlife. Before choosing your tree you will need to consider where you are going to plant it, how much space is available and how big your tree will grow when it is mature.
Trees are an essential part of our environment and provide an invaluable habitat for wildlife. Their leaves and bark provide food and a home for insects and larvae which in turn are food for birds and animals. They provide nest sites in their branches and holes in their trunks for birds and animals. Underneath their canopy they provide a unique habitat for many woodland plants and wildflowers. Trees provide fruits and food for wildlife as well as ourselves. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and their leaves act as a filtering system absorbing harmful pollutants and intercepting the damaging particles in smoke and dust and in return they produce oxygen. Over a year two trees are capable of producing enough oxygen for a family of four.
So why not take part and make your tree count as one of the 6 million planted in 2012 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it’s something that my family will definitely be doing and I will let you know how I get on.
Love your environment.
Posted in Gardening at Home, Gardening at School, School Projects, Wildlife, tagged education, gardening, gardening in school, gardening with children, harmful slug pellets, Hazards for hedgehogs, hedgehog house, hedgehog water hazards, Hedgehogs in the garden, hogitat hedgehog house, make gardens safe for hedgehogs, recycle works, recycleworks, recycling dangers to hedgehogs, school gardening, school wildlife, wildlife gardening on March 31, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Hedgehogs are considered the gardeners friend, but we may not be that friendly towards them as our gardens can contain many hidden dangers. Here are some ways that we can reduce these hazards.
Many slug pellets contain Metaldehyde (commonly the blue ones but check the ingredients on all slug pellets) and will not only kill the slugs but can also kill the hedgehogs (and birds) if they eat one of these victim slugs. Try alternative natural slug deterrents such as Slug Gone and Copper Slug and Snail Tape that are safe to all wildlife.
We are all being encouraged to recycle but empty food cans, yoghurt pots, plastic cups etc. are a real danger to inquisitive hedgehogs and small animals which can get stuck in them head first and die of starvation or suffocate, to prevent this squash all cans, and cut up containers before putting them into the bin. Wildlife can also get caught in the plastic rings that hold the cans together and the different sizes of holes in them can trap different types of animals, each circle should be cut up before putting them in the bin. These have been banned in America we hope that our government will ban them too.
These attract wildlife to our garden but if there is no escape route anything that falls in will be unable to climb out and drown. Hang some plastic coated wire over the side and into the water to make a ladder, half submerge some rocks around the edges or make a gentle slope on at least one side of your pond. Keep ponds topped up, especially in hot weather so that hedgehogs are less likely to topple in. Children’s paddling pools and sand pits are also a danger when filled with rainwater.
Keep all pea-netting a foot above the ground so the hedgehogs can go under it and will not try to go through it and become stuck. The same applies to tennis nets, children’s football nets etc.
Before burning accumulated rubbish in the garden or before emptying or turning your compost bins check that a hedgehog has not made a home in it, the best time to spread the heap is October/November.
Take care when mowing long grass with mowers or especially strimmers, when cutting long overgrown areas cut initially to about a foot high and then check for hedgehogs and other wildlife before cutting any lower.
Provide a safe home for our friends
We should all leave an area of our garden to go wild for nature, and this would be an ideal place to put a hedgehog house these provide a safe haven for hibernating hedgehogs and also for females to have their young. Ideally place the house somewhere quiet against a bank, fence or wall and out of prevailing wind. We have the perfect Hedgehog home at The Recycleworks the Hogitat it is an attractive natural home and safe retreat for hedgehogs which will comfortably nestle into any garden.
- It features a sturdy, rust-proofed steel frame
- A waterproofed roof with an attractive natural finish
- A predator defence tunnel
- Lots of room for a family of hoglets and the mother
So let’s do all we can to help our adorable prickly friends.
Posted in Gardening at Home, Gardening at School, School Projects, Wildlife, tagged education, encourage hedgehogs to the garden, environmental education, feeding hedgehogs, gardeners friend, gardening in school, gardening with children, hedgehog feeding bowl, hedgehog feeding station, hedgehog field guide, hedgehog food, hedgehog water bowl, Hedgehogs, hedgehogs during the drought, recycle works, recycleworks, school gardening, school wildlife, wildlife education, wildlife gardening on March 29, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Our latest competition winner Ryan Cinato wrote about wanting a hedgehog to come into his garden and it got me thinking about how special and unique these little creatures are. Hedgehogs are a gardener’s friend and a welcome visitor in any garden.
Everyone knows what a hedgehog looks like but did you know that there are approximately 5,000/7,000 spines on an average adult hedgehog each one is 25mm(1”) long, they are really modified hairs and are absent from the face, throat, chest, belly and legs where they are covered with coarse, grey-brown fur. Something that I did not know is that hedgehogs have a small tail.
If you want to help hedgehogs and encourage them to your garden why not start by putting out some Hedgehog Food for them. At this time of year, end March beginning of April, hedgehogs should be emerging from their winter hibernation and will be very hungry. A hedgehogs natural diet consists of earthworms, slugs, beetles caterpillars, snails etc. these become harder to find in cold or dry weather but to supplement their diet during these difficult times and when they need it most (after hibernation, when they have young and prior to hibernation) we can help them by putting out food do not put out milk and bread as the hedgehog cannot digest the bread and cows milk gives them very bad diarrhoea, many hedgehogs die because of this wrong diet.
At The Recycleworks we love hedgehogs and have some ready mixed Hedgehog Food, it is similar to a hedgehog’s natural diet and following trials with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society our improved recipe includes chopped peanuts, sunflower hearts, dried mealworms, sultanas and dried blackberries. As the food contains dried ingredients, be sure to put out a bowl of fresh water as well. Any food should be placed somewhere where dogs and cats cannot get at it, especially if it contains raisins and sultanas as if eaten even in small quantities these dried fruits can cause cats and dogs serious kidney problems.
Food should be put out in the evening and ideally in a hedgehog feeding station so that only the hedgehog can get to it, the easiest way to make one of these is to place a paving slab on some bricks, leaving a gap as an entrance hole and put the Feeding Bowl in the middle underneath the paving slab with the Water Bowl outside.
For your little or big Hedgehog enthusiast why not treat them to a Hedgehog Field Guide this four page guide includes lots of facts and information on feeding and encouraging hedgehogs to your garden.