It’s April!

It’s April and here’s some jobs you can be doing with the kids in the garden over the Easter holidays:-– Prepare the ground for pumpkins by adding lots of organic matter to the soil;– Sow early carrots, radish and chard outdoors;– Sow leeks, lettuce and peas indoors or outdoors;– Sow French beans and pumpkins in […]

It’s March

It’s March and here are some things you can be doing with the kids in the garden this month:-– Prepare the ground for crops by digging in compost and well rotted manure. Add fertiliser where you will be growing chard and potatoes;– soil temperatures need to be at 7 degrees celsius for germination. Check your […]

It’s February!

It’s February! Here are the jobs you can be doing in the garden this month with the kids:- – Prepare vegetable seed beds, if weather is suitable (!); – Cut down autumn fruit raspberry canes to ground level; – Apply a general purpose fertiliser to tree, bush and cane fruit and mulch with well-rotted manure or garden […]

It’s January!

It’s January and there are some gardening jobs you can do in the garden with the kiddies at this time of year. Wrap up warm though! – Protect soil from heavy rain and warm it up by covering with black polythene weighed down by bricks and stones; – Prevent weeds on bare soil coming through […]

It’s December!

It’s December! And here are some gardening jobs you can be doing this month:- – Finish preparing the ground for early spring sowings next year; – Harvest winter crops – leeks, chard, salad leaves and winter radish; – Plan the layout of your plot for next year including crop rotation; – Order seeds, seed potatoes, […]

It’s October!

It’s October and here are some jobs you can be doing with the kids during the October holidays:- – Prepare the ground for potatoes and carrots for next spring. Add lots of compost, well rotted manure or other organic matter; – Plant onions setts and leeks for harvest next year; – Plant winter brassicas such […]

It’s September!

It’s September! Here are some jobs to be doing in the garden this month:– 1. Sow fast growing lettuce and summer radish for crops this autumn. Make sure you water it in dry spells. 2. Plant onion sets. These are normally Japanese varieties and will be ready to earlier than spring-planted ones. 3. Harvest crops […]

It’s August!

It’s August! Kids driving you mad?! Get them out in the garden! Here are some things to be doing this month:- • Plant overwintering brassica plants including kale, broccoli and cauliflower; • Thin root crops such as beetroot, carrot and turnips; • Stop cordon tomato plants from getting taller by taking out the growing tip; […]

It’s July!

It’s July! Here are some things you can be doing with the kids in the garden over the summer holidays:- – Sow green manure in bare areas of soil – Thin out seedlings sown outdoors if necessary – Keep crops watered if it becomes dry and sunny – remember to water in early morning or […]

It’s June!

It’s June! Here are some jobs you can be doing in the garden with the kids this month:- – Sow early carrots to crop in early autumn; – Sow winter salad leaves; – Thin out seedlings sown outdoors; – Plant chitted new potatoes in large tubs; – Plant out plants from earlier sowings once they […]