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Community Garden June 2010 (Update!)


Thank you everybody for your kind comments on my previous blog about our Community Garden. General update – the garden was started because I felt the kids on our estate (66 houses – housing association) needed to learn about caring for things, growing stuff and generally something for them to do for themselves!! To be honest I thought it would be trashed within a week! but one year on its still going strong with about 5-10 kids who now “own” the garden.

This year we have made windsocks (from the RHS Site under childrens activities if you are interested!!) and have given the children potato bags and seed potatos and compost to grow their own (good results so far!) and hanging baskets which we gave out a mixture of strawberries/toms for the veggie ones and geraniums/buzzie lizzies for the flower ones (again good results I’ve seen quite a few actually put up around the estate – and watered!!).

Last year the kids wanted to grow veggies but this year have chosen to grow plants to attract bumble bees (when I explained about how they were declining and we needed to help them and they werent nasty like wasps!! – they were very keen – also we have unusual ones in that they have red bottoms around here so the kids knew not to hurt those!!)

So we have added foxgloves/thistles/Cat’s ears also some gazinas (because I like the way they open in the sunshine!) and geraniums for colour!
I have found it more difficult this year as I am a tidy gardener by nature and purposely letting a bed fill with thistles is against my nature (even if it is good for the bees!!!) so adding the geraniums is my way of bringing a bit of colour back into the bed so people walking past realise it isbeing grown on purpose!!! and not just turned to weeds!!!

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It's great to bring gardening to children. I started early with my father as my mentor. He was very knowledgeable about plants and I miss his enthusiasm. GOY is a very good replacement.
Best wishes to you all

18 Jun, 2010


Great you're teaching the kids the right way. I leave stinging nettles in my garden in the hope I'll get ladybirds. I had one this year for the first time for ages. I get stung though lol. but never mind. I also have doc leaves about.
I hope you get lots of bees in your community garden. It would be wonderful for the kids to see.

21 Jun, 2010


Thank you for your comments - I think it is important to teach kids that probably dont realise the bigger picture when they kill something just because it might sting them - but when you watch the bees and they fill their pollen sacks its really interesting!

21 Jun, 2010

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