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Flowers are the most popular gifts given to mums and grandmas for Mother’s Day (on 30th March) often they can be quite expensive so why not make your own flowers complete with a vase, for just a few pence using items that can be found in your kitchen cupboard.

Carrier bag Mothers Day flowers

What you will need

  • Plastic/Carrier Bags (different colours)
  • Drinking Straws
  • Sticky Tape
  • Scissors
  • Clean Empty Jam Jar
  • Kitchen Foil
  • Small Bowl/Cup for a template
  • Pen

How to make your flowers

Flatten your plastic bags and using your template draw circles on them, they can be on the edge or in the middle of the bag.

Carrier bag with templates

Cut out the circles, they do not have to be perfect.

Put 2 or 3 circles together they can be the same colour or different colours.

Pinched flower
Holding the circles in one hand push your finger into the centre and pinch the back of the circles together and fasten with Sticky tape.

Flower on Straw
Tape your flower heads to the top of the straws, either one per straw or 2 or 3 to create a ‘double’ flower.

How to make your vase

Put your jam jar in the centre of a large piece of kitchen foil.
Bring the edges over and into the jar, press the foil firmly against the sides of the jar.
Cut off the carrier bag handles and tie them around your jam jar, trim the ends and scrunch to form a bow.

Arrange your flowers in your vase; you can cut the bottoms off the straws to give different heights.

Why not have a go, they don’t take long to make, Thomas will be giving these to his Grandma, I am sure she will love them.

Gill

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Sowing Seeds is fun. The key to a successful crop is good germination, this can be achieved by sowing seeds indoors especially in a Propagator which will provide the perfect environment for your seeds to grow.

Why not have a go at our two free competitions on the Gardening With Children website for a chance to win your own Heated Electric Propagator.

1.  In the Family Zone and Kids Zone

To enter our competition simply:

Tell us what you like to grow in your propagator and why?

The winning entry will receive an

Essentials Heated Propagator 38cm

 The essential heated propagator - 38cm

 The essential heated propagator - 38cm

and a selection of small seed trays, flower pots and labels.

For full details and your entry form take a look here.

2.  In the School Zone

Have a look at our Propagator Wordsearch and find the following ten hidden words.

HEAT

GERMINATE

POT

LABEL

TEMPERATURE

SEEDS

WATER

SEED TRAY

COMPOST

PROPAGATOR

The first correct entry drawn out of the hat will receive an

Essentials Heated Propagator 52cm

 The essential heated propagator

and a selection of seed trays, small flower pots and labels.

For full details, the Propagator Wordsearch and your entry form take a look here in the School Zone.
The closing date for both competitions is 30th April, 2014.
Good Luck
Gill

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If you have had a look at The Recycleworks website you may have seen the range of Raised Bed Tools, they are made by Sneeboer who are a Dutch company that is honoured to carry the label “By Appointment to the King of the Netherlands”, each tool is made from hand forged stainless steel and produced to a very high quality.

As a keen gardener I have got a good selection of tools but I don’t have a Mattock and was quite intrigued with them when we received our first delivery of tools last year.

Sneeboer Mattock Garden Tool

The Mattock is a double sided tool which means that it is two tools in one making it very economical and also very practical when you are gardening; the stainless steel head consists of a flat bladed hoe at one side with a three pronged fork opposite.

The Hoe can be used to break up and loosen soil with a pulling action as well as removing weeds, once weeded the soil needs to be raked (using the fork) to remove large lumps of soil and stones and then leveled, now you are ready for planting/sowing.

Use the Hoe to dig out planting Holes or make Seed drills using the corner of the blade, for larger seeds such as Peas make a shallow trench using the Hoe or make a furrow if you are planting potatoes, once your potatoes have come through use the Hoe again to earth them up (cover the leaves with soil). The compact size of the head makes weeding between your crops very easy.

I am very impressed with the Mattock it is a well-balanced lightweight tool that is easy to use, the ash handle is warm and comfortable to hold, it will stand up to lots of wear and tear and last a lifetime, I would definitely recommend one, they are ideal for using in Raised Beds and smaller gardens. On Friday evening whilst watching a popular gardening programme on television I noticed that one of the presenters was using a spade made by Sneeboer this confirms how good these tools are, have a look at our full range here.

 Sneeboer childrens garden tool selection

Gill

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Doesn’t time fly, it’s Shrove Tuesday tomorrow and Pancake Day, I have been organised this year and made my batter and a sample Pancake just to make sure that it tastes alright!

Pancake

Pancakes are great fun to make and delicious to eat but did you know that:

The average Briton will eat 2 Pancakes each, making a total of 117 million eaten in Britain on Pancake Day.

In Britain we will use an estimated 52 million eggs on Pancake Day that’s 22 million more than on any other day.

The world record for the most people collectively tossing Pancakes is 890 and took place in Sheffield, UK in February 2012.

The highest Pancake flipped reached a height of 9.47 metres, it was flipped by Dominic Cuzzacrea in New York USA.

The largest Pancake to be flipped was 15 metres in diameter.

The biggest Pancake ever made weighed 3 tonnes, was 2.5cm thick and measured 15 metres in diameter it was created in Rochdale, UK in 1994 by the Co-operative Union Ltd. and was estimated to contain 2 million calories.

The World record for the highest stack of Pancakes measured an incredible 76cm tall, it contained 60 large Pancakes.

Click here for my Pancake recipe or why not make a Pancake Cake click here for all the details.

Whatever you do with your pancakes, have fun!

Gill

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