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Garden Jobs for March

By Heather 11 years ago


Hannah’s been busy with her paper potter and above you can see the leek seedlings coming along nicely.

This month’s gardening tips from Hannah are:

  • March is a good time to lift and divide perennial plants.
  • Plant summer flower bulbs in pots in the greenhouse.
  • Prune last year’s growth on summer flowering clematis.
  • Plant early varieties of seed potatoes.
  • You just have time to plant out bare-rooted trees over the next week or so.
  • Protect blossom on peach and nectarine trees from frost and, if in a greenhouse, hand-pollinate with a soft brush.
  • Mulch the base of trees with a layer of garden compost, but avoid the trunks as it could cause the bark to rot.
  • Tidy ponds by clearing up any plant debris on the margins, remove leaves from the water and plant marginals.
  • Sow celery seeds in pots this month and next in the greenhouse.

Rainy day projects for all the family

By Heather 11 years ago


With the prospect of yet another wet weekend (thanks to climate change) I thought you might some ideas for indoor projects instead of gardening tips!
The first is a great idea for recycling plastic bags into eco-friendly shopping bags and comes from Etsy Labs. Or how about a recycling craft idea for junk mail? I like these envelopes made from junk mail on This Recycled Life.

Keeping children occupied on a rainy day is a tricky one, but I have found some great craft ideas and play suggestions here from Jennifer Gove.

Popular children's recipes include cakes, especially cornflake cakes, so how about these from Lucy Chahil at Feed Me Allergy Free. There are also some gorgeous looking bakes on at The Nostalgia Fairy’s site if you want a little inspiration.
When I asked the boss (Heather Gorringe) what she would do with her son Monty on a wet day she said pluck a pheasant or play the piano…!!!