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We love these fun, fully functioning wildlife habitats specifically designed for children and great for attracting beneficial insects to the garden.

 The MiniBug Bug Box is a natural habitat for a whole host of beneficial insects and offers a great way to observe many bugs at close quarters.

The MiniBug Solitary Bee House is specially designed for solitary bees, which are lovely non-aggressive garden pollinators.

The MiniBug Ladybird Tower is the perfect habitat for ladybirds which are natural aphid predators so great for pest control!

Constructed from solid FSC wood for durability, they can be hung from trees, pergolas, hanging brackets, or near ponds or scented plants.

As well as allowing brilliant bug observation throughout the year, these kits also provide important over-wintering habitats.

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Many thanks to everyone who took part in our recent photo competition.  The winning school was Ryhall Primary School in Stamford for this great photo of the children enjoying the fascinating world of compost-making!

Composting is Fun!

The winning family entry came from Hannah and her family from Bristol for this lovely photo of her enjoying the roses.  Congratulations to everyone!  Your prizes are on the way. 

Enjoying the roses

For a chance to win gardening tools and equipment this month, including Growbox Gardens and Mini Raised Starter Kits click here for the Family Competition and here for the School Competition.  But remember the closing date is June 30th 2011 so get your entry in today!

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New potatoes are in season so if like me you are starting to enjoy the wonderful full flavour of potatoes you have grown yourself, why not try them in this delicious creamy new potato salad.

Ingredients

500 g new potatoes, scrubbed and halved
1 tbsp half fat creme fraiche
1 tbsp low-fat mayonnaise
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp freshly chopped chives
salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Place the new potatoes in a pan of lightly salted boiling water. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender then drain and allow to cool
  2. In a bowl mix together the remaining ingredients and carefully stir in the potatoes
  3. Season to taste and enjoy a taste of summer!

For everything you need to grow your own potatoes take a look at www.recycleworks.co.uk.

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To get up close on the fascinating world of worms take a look at this brand new flat pack, no nails, no screws, no holes to dig Wooden Observation Wormery with its own built in observation panel.

Every WOW© Wooden Wormery comes with its own observation panel as standard, but for large groups to enjoy you can have two observation panels on different sides of the unit.

All you will need is lots of organic waste for the worms to wine and dine on like gluttons!  Worms like to wander from food sources to places that are clean and earthy, for breeding, and this unit is perfect as it is lovely and spacious.

The wooden construction keeps the environment at just the right temperature.  The insulating properties of wood will protect the worms from the ravages of sudden temperature changes at night and seasonally. 

Worms like and work best in darkness and excess light will burn their delicate skins. For this reason we provide a cover for the observation window.  When you want to take a look at all the munching and composting activity all you have to do is slide out the cover and catch the worms at work. See and note how the picture of decomposing organic waste changes from day to day and week to week.

We love this new WOW© Wooden Wormery – its perfect for worms and perfect for families and school groups to enjoy!

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If you would like a chance to win free gardening equipment for your family or school why not enter this months competitions. 

We have lots of prizes up for grabs including  Children’s Grobox Flower Gardens , Mini Raised Bed Single Starter Kits and solid wood and stainless steel Childrens Hand Trowels.

For families all you have to do is complete Jemima’s little quiz all about Summer.  All the details of how to enter can be found here.

For schools why not have fun with our Summer word search, which can be found here.  Send all your entries to us by 30 June 2011 for a chance to win.  Good Luck!!

 

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This dessert is super easy to make, and although it may involve a little bit of cheating, I grow my own berries so don’t feel quite such a fraud!

Simply take a selection of summer fruits such as red currants, raspberries and  strawberries, rinse them and toss in a few teaspoons of lemon juice.

Take some meringue nests (you could make them yourself but I buy mine already made) and add a spoon of freshly whipped cream to the centre.  For a healthier alternative you could substitute with creme fraiche or yoghurt.

Pile on a tablespoon or two of fresh berries, then drizzle with chocolate sauce and a sprinkling of chopped nuts.

Serve immediately for a totally delicious dessert!

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