Archive for August, 2009

Read the words below and then read the riddle.  Can you guess which words match up best with each part of the rhyme.  Send your answers to charlotte@gardeningwithchildren.co.uk  by 23rd August 2009.  The first correct set of answers out of the hat will win a hogitat hedgehog house.

Mountain Hare
Song Thrush
Swan Mussel
Common Blenny

(1) I’m a prickly chap and I eat worms from the ground
(2) I’m called Bufo and I hop around
(3) Eating snails at my anvil is a favourite dish
(4) I must have clean water, I’m just that kind of fish
(5) I change colour in the winter snow
(6) There’s some special magic that makes some worms glow
(7) You’ll find me in a rock pool at the sea shore
(8) I hide in a shell on the river floor
(9) I have my young on rocks close to the sea
(10) My home is my dray high up in a tree

Good Luck !!

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My girls have a fascination with wiggly worms.  When I’m gardening they regularly get a bucket and collect a few for closer inspection.  For worm lovers and also for those who need a bit of convincing a wormery is a perfect environmental project. 


It will recycle all of your fruit and vegetable kitchen waste into great soil conditioner for the garden, and a handy liquid fertiliser, which my children like to call worm juice.  Rich in nutrients, I have to say that our worm juice gave what can only be described as spectacular results in our school garden this year!


The Waste Buster wormeries designed and hand-made by the Recycleworks Ltd are designed to last.  Made from FSC wood they need only a little maintenance and can be kept indoors or outdoors if protected from extremes in temperature.

The children will eagerly collect up peelings and scraps and take them to the wormery each day….a great hands on lesson in recycling.  And the educational wormery with its great viewing window allows easy viewing of the activity going on inside, which children find completely fascinating.

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If you are lucky enough to live in a heathery part of the world, where bilberries abound, why not go out and pick some for this recipe.  If you don’t have a handy supply of bilberries other soft fruit such as blueberries will be a fine alternative.


2 cups of plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup melted margarine
11/4 cups bilberries or blueberries


  1. Add the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon to a mixing bowl and stir round to mix all the ingredients together well
  2. In a jug mix together the milk, melted margarine and eggs
  3. Stir this into the dry mixture until well blended.
  4. Stir in bilberries or other soft fruit you are using
  5. Heat a greased frying pan
  6. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter onto the griddle
  7. Cook a couple of minutes each side
  8. This recipe makes between 10 and 12 pancakes depending on how large you like them!


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Here at Gardening With Children, our motto is Love Your Environment!  For our latest Family Zone Competition you can win £75 worth of top quality gardening equipment from Recycleworks.co.uk .  All you have to do is tell us all about what you have done over the summer holidays to Love the Environment where you are. 


Perhaps you have sown some wild flowers for butterflies and bees, started to compost your garden waste or perhaps volunteered with a local wildlife group.  Whatever you have been up to, let us know in no more than 500 words and send us some photos too if possible – the Entry Form is here.


The winner will receive £75 of Autumn Gardening Goodies!  The closing date is 6th September 2009.  Good Luck!


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