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If you are lucky enough to be harvesting your own crop of rhubarb why not try making these delicious rhubarb muffins – easy to make and popular with the whole family!

Ingredients

  • 400g rhubarb, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200ml milk
  • 100g butter , melted and cooled

Method

  1. Mix rhubarb with 4 tbsp of golden caster sugar
  2. Bake the rhubarb for about 10 minutes until soft, then drain well
  3. Mix plain flour with baking powder, sugar and cinnamon
  4. Beat eggs with milk and melted butter.
  5. Heat the oven to 180C
  6. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases
  7. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ones along with the rhubarb 
  8. Divide between the muffin cases, sprinkle the tops with a little sugar and bake for 25-30 minutes until risen and golden

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Why not try a hanging basket with a difference this year… filled with herbs it will attract a wealth of bees and other insects, plus if it’s positioned next to the kitchen door it will be handy for cooking too.   

Rosemary, lavender, thyme, marjoram, sage and chives will all do well.  ..And they will love the sunny, well-drained conditions. 

Remember mint is quite prolific and if left to its own devices will take over the whole basket so plant it in a pot of its own and sink it into the hanging basket like that.

With many supermarket herbs travelling thousands of miles to our plates, your hanging herb garden will be great for the environment too!

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Thanks to everyone who took part in our competitions in March – we had literally piles of entries coming into the office which is great!

The lucky first family out of the hat were the Bromilows from Lancashire.  Congratulations your Mini Raised Bed Starter Kit and seeds  are on their way. 

The winning school was West Oaks School in Leeds.  Well done to all the children who took part.  A copy of the brilliant book Edible Gardens in Schools is on its way to you, along with a mini Raised Bed Triple Starter Kit and seeds.  We hope you all enjoy your prizes this spring!

Every month here are Gardening With Children, we give away lots of free gardening and wildlife goodies to schools and families, through our competitions. 

If you would like to enter the competition for April click here for schools and click here for families.  Good Luck!  

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For our April edition of the School Competition we would like to hear what your favourite thing to grow in school is and why.

Maybe its something yummy you like to eat, some colourful flowers or a plant you grow to attract bees and butterflies….    

Share your favourite idea with  us and we will share it with everyone else..  And the best idea of the bunch will win a souper-douper bundle of goodies designed to attract butterflies, bees and birds to your garden.  Included will be a Raised Bed Single Starter Kit, a packet of the beautiful Instant Meadow Flower Seeds, a Butterfly Feeder, a Birch Nest Box, plus a Discovery Bird Seed Feeder and Bird Feeder Seed.  But remember the closing date is 30th April 2011.  For all the details of how to enter click here.

For our April edition of the Family Competition we would like you to hear from you with your best garden growing tip. Perhaps you have secret ways to deter slugs, cope with weeds or get your crops off to a flying start. 

Please share your gardening knowledge with  us and we will share it with everyone else..  And the best idea of the bunch will win a great bundle of goodies designed to attract butterflies, bees and birds to your garden.  Included will be a Raised Bed Single Starter Kit, a packet of the beautiful Instant Meadow Flower Seeds and a Butterfly Feeder.  But remember the closing date is 30th April 2011.  For all the details of how to enter click here.

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