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Archive for June, 2009

Eating food in season is all about eating the right things at the right time: a crisp salad when it’s hot and sunny, a wholesome stew when it’s cold; strawberries in June, Brussels sprouts in December. 

 

The Eat Seasonably Campaign is trying to encourage us all to choose foods that are in season, because they taste better, cost less and it has a much much smaller impact on the environment.  To find out more about the campaign, and get information on seasonal recipes, events and much more check out the Eat Seasonably Website.   This month its all about peas, broad beans and strawberries.

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We often receive wonderful posts from many people and we’re delighted to be able to share this post with you from Dawn Isaac who’s site is called Little Green Fingers. Thanks for sharing this with us Dawn and letting us post it on the Blog. Please do have a look at Dawn’s site as it’s wonderful to read!

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Just Look at the Prices!

I’m looking at my kitchen windowsill and feeling guilty. It’s groaning under the weight of tender vegetable seedlings which the children and I will plant out in the next couple of weeks. There are tomatoes, pumpkins, courgettes, squash, outdoor cucumbers and even a fledgling sweetcorn.

Sounds good doesn’t it? Trouble is, like the diner party hostess who bought Marks & Spencer ready meals, I feel such a fraud.

You see, although we planted the tomatoes and pumpkins, everything else was bought from a shop. Not even a garden centre or nursery – just the local discount shop in town. Is this wrong? Have I let myself down? Even worse have I let the children down not growing it all from seed?

Of course, my intentions were honourable, but as Bill Clinton would have it ‘It’s the economy, stupid!’ Packet of squash seeds £3.65. Cost of single, successfully germinated and grown on plant £1. Likelihood I would misplace seeds until too late to sow – high. Ditto for cucumbers, courgettes and sweetcorn. This way, the children get the chance to try growing a range of vegetables they would otherwise miss out on, plus I only have to make windowsill room for a single plant of each. Pragmatic or just cheating? You decide…

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Eventually everything nature produces returns naturally to the earth and is recycled.   By following a few simple steps, composting in school is a great way to produce good compost for the garden and will also reduce the need for chemical fertilisers.  It also helps to reduce waste and provides children with a great lesson in recycling.  For an excellent selection of wooden compost bins and accessories take a look at the Recycleworks range here.

The Recycleworks Quadruple Compost Bin

The Recycleworks Quadruple Compost Bin

But composting in school can have its challenges, like too much fruit and excess paper and hand towels.  In our Composting in Schools fact sheet we give you lots of handy guidance – from selecting a good location, to handling different types of waste material.  Why not take a look for more information at www.gardeningwithchildren.co.uk

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