the next eight weeks children will not be in
school and that can cause all sorts of problems.
They quickly become bored with garden games
and yet it is much better to have them outside
in the fresh air than inside pushing buttons
and facing a screen.
Why not give them a portion of garden and encourage
them to grow flowers and vegetables?
It can be great fun but for it to succeed there
are rules that are carved in stone. The plot
chosen should be the best soil in the garden.
If necessary improve it by digging in sand and
Choose a position in sun or light shade. Dig
it well before hand and remove any stones larger
than a fifty pence piece. Remember that a child's
spade hasn't a lot of strength.
Dig out and remove all perennial weed roots
and cover the soil with clear polythene for
a week. This will encourage annual weed seeds
to germinate and be removed before any seeds
the labels written for each packet of seed with
only the sower's name and the date of sowing
Protect against vermin, pests such as slugs
and snails, cats and dogs.
An unseen helping hand applying fertilizer at
night and removing weeds is allowed.
Buying transplants of lettuce, parsely and leeks
will speed up the end result. Choose annuals
that will quickly come into flower such as nasturtiums,
Livingstone daisy and pansies.
Clear plastic soft drink bottles, with their
necks removed, make excellent mini cloches.
They may be used to cover individual plants
protecting them from pests while helping them
grow more quickly.
For peace of mind site the mini-garden where
it can be seen from the kitchen or living room
Writing initials in the soil with lettuce seeds
is fun and you still end up with lettuce plants.