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Burnt shed

The remains of our shed and its contents

Life is full of ups and downs, the big plus this year has been the weather but on the downside at the end of June, our garden shed caught fire and burnt down completely to the ground along with all its contents. The shed was full, as I am sure most of yours are, it contained a vast number of DIY tools and accessories, fishing equipment, garden furniture and most of my gardening tools and sundries. As we watched the flames, our feelings were of disbelief and despair which then changed to shock and loss the next day as it all became ‘real’, although 99% of the items will be replaced there are certain treasured items that simply are irreplaceable.

I cannot live without ….

Tools

My long handled fork, and spade are two items that cannot be replaced like for like they belonged to my grandparents, who were both keen gardeners, they had smooth, warm and very comfortable wooden handles, the metal fork tines and spade head had been worn down by a third of their original size making them an ideal size for me to use.

My secuteurs, hand fork and trowel, are the tools that I use the most, I always keep them handy when I am in the garden or on the allotment, the fork and trowel were stainless steel and had wooden handles, I shall choose the same again as they are strong and very comfortable to hold.

My rake, was mainly used on the allotment for levelling soil and creating a fine ‘tilth’ ready for planting and sowing seeds whilst being invaluable in Autumn for collecting fallen leaves.

My garden kneeler will definitely be replaced, it is surprising how much stick your knees take, you only have one pair so look after them.

My gardening gloves, I didn’t use to wear gardening gloves when I was younger but now I cannot do without them they protect my hands and enable me to handle prickly plants or rough objects.

My trusty trug is where I kept all my hand tools in one easy to find place, it then doubled up as a weeding bucket when on the allotment.

There are so many other bits and pieces many of which you don’t realise have gone until you need them.

I can live without …

There are quite a lot of items which I will not be replacing like for like some of which we inherited with the house and some which I am afraid to say I bought when we began work on our overgrown and neglected garden.

Slugs

Slugs were are huge problem initially, as well as picking them off I used to put down blue pellets to control them but since learning what a harmful and devastating effect they can have on animals, pets and birds the tub stayed put on the top shelf, to control any future slug problems I will now be using Slug Gone or Nemaslug.

Pests

In the shed there were quite a lot of harmful pesticides in small numbers aphids and ants are not such a problem and provide an easy meal for the birds but as numbers can quickly multiply I shall make sure that I have some Nemasys No Ants handy.

Vine weevils can really be a problem and it is usually too late for your crops when you discover that you have them, they are quite difficult to get rid of and thrive in pots and containers Nemasys Vine Weevil Killer will definitely be on my shopping list.

Weedkillers

I shall not be replacing the weedkillers that we initially used to clear the garden. Now that it is heavily planted there are very few weeds about, those that appear I tend to leave, weeds are actually wild flowers many of which are beneficial to insects, although on the allotment weeds do need removing as they compete with your crops for light, food and water I shall be investing in a weeder and continuing to doing the job by hand.

Our garden is very much a wildlife haven containing nectar rich plants, wild corners, a pond and a variety of bird feeders, these attract and provide habitat for hoverflies, beetles, hedgehogs, frogs and birds who happily eat my unwanted pests.

Many of us have tools/items that are special to us and we really cannot live without if you do then why not let Sylvia know and you could win a fantastic prize see below for full details.

Your Favourite Things

Imagine you have been shipwrecked on a Desert island and you will have to grow your own food. The wild crops you find on the island already will not give you a balanced diet so you will have to create a garden. You can grow anything in your garden that you can grow at home. You are allowed to take one gardening item with you. What will it be?

What is YOUR most important ‘thing’ when you are gardening? Have you a single inanimate gardening object you would take with you to your desert island? Send your entry to sylvia@recycleworks.co.uk and we will pick out a winner on 30th September. Multiple entries – one entry per email address.

It can be something you inherited from a great aunt. It can be something you made for yourself. It can be something new or old but to win it needs to be something that you as a gardener would never want to part with.

Enter over the month of September and the winner will receive a prize of a Superior Long Raised Bed 30cm deep and 4 bags of Vegetable Compost.

Editor’s decision final. We will look at all the entries and award to the entry we like the best.
 
Good Luck
 
Gill

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A big thank you to everyone that put pen, pencil, felt tip, crayon and paint to paper to create some wonderful, colourful and artistic pictures, what a talented lot you are. Choosing a winner was a hard task as each entry was worthy of a prize but there could only be two winners.

In the Family Zone and Kids Zone

We asked you to:
 
‘Bee’ creative and design a poster with the heading ‘Bee kind to Bees’  or  ‘Bee’ artistic and draw a picture of a Bee in your garden.

The winning entry was by Aimee Doe, aged 8, from Bletchley, well done Aimee, and she will receive  A Solitary Bee HiveA Butterfly/Bee Nectar Feeding Station and a Guide to Solitary Bees 

Aimee Doe bee picture

 Winning picture drawn by Aimee Doe, aged 8
 

We asked you to:

Simply draw or paint a picture of a Scarecrow, then give him/her a name.

The winning school was Whitegate End Community Primary School & Nursery, Chadderton, and the picture was by Jack Yarker, well done Jack, they will receive a  Scarecrow Kit complete with a hand crafted Head for their school garden.

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Winning picture drawn by Jack Yarker, aged 7
 
Congratulations to you both
 
Gill

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If you like drawing and painting why not have a go at our two current competitions but hurry as the closing date is 30th June just over a week away.

On the Gardening With Children website there are two free Childrens Competitions, with a chance to win some great Wildlife and Gardening Goodies for your home or school.

1.  In the Family Zone and Kids Zone

To help the Bees in your garden why not enter our competition for a chance to win

 
Solitary Bee Hive
 
 
 
Butterfly/Bee Nectar Feeding Station
 
 
 
Guide to Solitary Bees
 
 
What you need to do
‘Bee’ creative and design a poster with the heading ‘Bee kind to Bees’  or  ‘Bee’ artistic and draw a picture of a Bee in your garden.
Send your drawing to us with an entry form before the closing date of 30th June 2013 and our favourite will win. Click here for full details and an entry form.
 

2.  In the School Zone

Win a Scarecrow for your school garden.

 A dressed scarecrow

Scarecrow Heads
 
For a chance to win one of our Scarecrow Kits complete with a hand crafted Head why not enter our competition, your Scarecrow will make a fun addition to the school garden; why not dress him in your School Uniform or a local Football Team Kit.
 
What you need to do
Simply draw or paint a picture of a Scarecrow, then give him/her a name and send it to us with an entry form before the closing date of 30th June 2013 and our favourite will win. Click here for full details and an entry form.
 
Good Luck
 
Gill

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On the Gardening With Children website we have just launched two new free Childrens Competitions, with a chance to win some great Wildlife and Gardening Goodies for your home or school.

1.  In the Family Zone and Kids Zone

To help the Bees in your garden why not enter our competition for a chance to win

 
Solitary Bee Hive
 
 
 
Butterfly/Bee Nectar Feeding Station
 
 
 
Guide to Solitary Bees
 
 
What you need to do
‘Bee’ creative and design a poster with the heading ‘Bee kind to Bees’  or  ‘Bee’ artistic and draw a picture of a Bee in your garden.
Send your drawing to us with an entry form before the closing date of 30th June 2013 and our favourite will win. Click here for full details and an entry form.
 

2.  In the School Zone

Win a Scarecrow for your school garden.

 A dressed scarecrow

Scarecrow Heads
 
For a chance to win one of our Scarecrow Kits complete with a hand crafted Head why not enter our competition, your Scarecrow will make a fun addition to the school garden; why not dress him in your School Uniform or a local Football Team Kit.
 
What you need to do
Simply draw or paint a picture of a Scarecrow, then give him/her a name and send it to us with an entry form before the closing date of 30th June 2013 and our favourite will win. Click here for full details and an entry form.
 
Congratulations to the winners of our last two competitions
The winner of our March/April School Zone Competition was Ludworth Primary School, Stockport, they have won a Kids Raised Bed Growing Table and the winner of the Family/Kids Zone competition was Lydia Clarkson from Leeds who won a Yeominis Childrens Wheelbarrow and a Haws Watering Can.
Well done to them, we hope they enjoy their fabulous prizes.
 
Gill

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On the Gardening With Children website we currently have two free Childrens Competitions with some great Childrens Gardening Goodies to win so why not have a go before next weeks closing date on 30th April 2013.

1.  In the Family Zone and Kids Zone

This Month grab your wellies put on a warm coat, get outside, and spot 3 signs of spring for a chance to win

a fantastic Yeominis Childrens Wheelbarrow

Yeominis Children's Wheelbarrow

and a pair of Childrens Embroidered Gardening Gloves

Children's Emroidered Gardening Gloves

both are perfect for budding young gardeners.

For full details and how to enter take a look here.

2.  In the School Zone

All you need to do is to find 10 hidden words in our Gardening Wordsearch for a chance to win

a Kids Raised Bed Growing Table

Kids Standing Raised Bed Growing Table

Designed for children they are a perfect height for kids to stand at and around, to sow, grow and harvest their very own vegetables.
 
For full details and how to enter take a look here in the School Zone.
 
Have a look today and get your entries to us as soon as you can before the closing date on 30th April, 2013.
 
Gill

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Why not have a go at our two free Childrens Competitions.

1.  In the Family Zone and Kids Zone

This Easter grab your wellies put on a warm coat, get outside, and spot 3 signs of spring for a chance to win

a fantastic Yeominis Childrens Wheelbarrow

Yeominis Children's Wheelbarrow

and a pair of Childrens Embroidered Gardening Gloves

Children's Emroidered Gardening Gloves

both are perfect for budding young gardeners.

For full details and how to enter take a look here.

2.  In the School Zone

All you need to do is to find 10 hidden words in our Gardening Wordsearch for a chance to win

a Kids Raised Bed Growing Table

Kids Standing Raised Bed Growing Table

Designed for children they are a perfect height for kids to stand at and around, to sow, grow and harvest their very own vegetables.
 
For full details and how to enter take a look here in the School Zone.
 
The closing date for both competitions is 30th April, 2013.
 
Gill

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Thank you to everyone who sent in an entry to our November / December 2012 competitions, they were all amazing and just shows how much creative talent there is, but it made choosing the winners all the more difficult.

Winning Entry by Isobel Stevens

Winning Entry by Isobel Stevens

The winner for the Family Competition was Isobel Stevens from Barry, South Glamorgan, ‘Well Done Isobel!’  Isobel has drawn a wonderful winter scene showing a Robin perched in a tree in a snowy garden complete with spade (which Robins often sit on) and a welcome bird feeder, she will receive as her prize:

Winning Entry by Ineasa, Newton Regis School

Winning Entry by Ineasa, Newton Regis School

The winner of the School Competition is Newton Regis School with the winning entry by Ineasa, ‘Well Done Ineasa’ we loved her Robin collage, it looks fabulous and would make a lovely Christmas card, it must have taken quite a long time to find, cut out and stick on all the pictures of the Robins, they will receive as their prize:

We hope that our winners enjoy these fantastic prizes and that they attract lots of birds into their gardens.

Gill

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The September/October School Zone Competition was to find 10 Hedgehog related words in our Hedgehog Wordsearch, the first correct winning entry pulled out of the hat was by Alex Courtman from Dane Ghyll County Primary School, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria and their fabulous prize is a Hogitat Hedgehog House, a Hedgehog Guide, a Hedgehog Snack Feeding Bowl and some Hedgehog Food – well done to them.

The September/October Family/Kids Zone Competition was a ‘Who am I? Wildlife Quiz’ the correct answers were  Q1 Ladybird,  Q2 Dragonfly,  Q3 Butterfly,  Q4 Toad,  Q5 Moth,  Q6 Hedgehog,  Q7 Bee,  Q8 Spider,  Q9 Bat,  Q10 Frog.

The first correct entry to be pulled out of the hat was from Taylor and Holly Rees from Gosport, Hampshire and they will receive a Mini Bug Bug Box, a Mini Bug Ladybird Tower and a Minibeast Guide – well done to them.

Thank you to everyone who entered these competitions, why not have a go at our

New Christmas Competitions

To enter our School Zone Competition all you need to do is to design a Christmas Card featuring a ‘Christmas’ Robin, it can be painted, crayoned, drawn in pencil/coloured pencil or could even be a collage. Our favourite card will win

To enter our Family/ Kids Zone Competition all you need to do is to send in a picture of a Christmas Robin that you have drawn, it can be painted, crayoned, drawn in pencil/coloured pencil or could even be a collage and our favourite picture will win

Have a look at the competitions pages for full details and an entry form, the closing date for both competitions is 31st December 2012.

Good Luck

Gill

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In the Family Zone our August Competition was to ‘Send in a photograph of your favourite crop, which you have grown this year’, we had some lovely photographs sent in from lots of enthusiastic young gardeners, but the overall winner was Ben Hamilton from Dronfield, Derbyshire, ‘Well Done Ben’ we hope that you enjoy using you prizes of a Gardener’s Apprentice Digging Fork and Hand Fork, a Wooden Trug and a pair of Gardening Gloves.

Ben enjoying his delicious tomatoes

We loved the photograph showing Ben sat next to his prized tomato plant eating his delicious crop, he looks thrilled. Ben’s tomato plant is amazing and looks very healthy, it has obviously been well looked after, and there are lots more flowers and tomatoes to come.

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Have a go at our current competitions for a chance to win some great Wildlife prizes:

In the School Zone you could win a Hedgehog Kit which includes

a Hogitat Hedgehog House

The Hogitat Hedgehog House

a Hedgehog Guide

 Field Guide to Hedgehogs

a Hedgehog Snack Feeding Bowl

 Hedgehog Snack Feeding Bowl

and some Hedgehog Food

by completing the Hedgehog Wordsearch.

 

In the Family/Kids Zone you could win

a Mini Bug Bug Box

Mini Bug Bug Box

a Mini Bug Ladybird Tower

 Minibug Ladybird Tower

and a Minibeast Guide to help you to identify the bugs in your garden

 The Minibeast Guide

by completing our Who am I? Wildlife Quiz.

The closing date for both competitions is 31st October, 2012 so don’t delay enter today.

Good Luck

Gill

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Thank you to everyone that took part in our June/July 2012 Competitions on the theme of Butterflies, we were inundated with entries, which just goes to show how popular these stunning creatures are.

The Schools Competition was a Butterfly Wordsearch and was won by Blaengarw Primary School, Bridgend, South Wales whose correct entry was the first to be pulled out of the hat. Their prizes of a Solar Insect Theatre and a Butterfly and Moth Feeder are on their way, we hope that they will enjoy these great wildlife prizes.

Butterfly and Moth Feeder

Butterfly and Moth feeder

Solar Insect Theatre

Solar Insect Theatre

Butterfly/Bee Nectar Feeding Station

Butterfly/Bee Nectar Feeding Station

The Family Competition was to fill in the missing colours to complete the butterfly names and the winning entry was by Lily Boyd from Ipswich, well done Lily. We hope her prizes of a Solar Insect Theatre and a Butterfly/Bee Nectar Feeding Station attract lots of Insects and Butterflies to her garden.

 

Why not have a go at our new competitions:

In the School Zone you could win a Hedgehog Kit which includes a Hogitat Hedgehog House, a Hedgehog Guide, a Hedgehog Snack Feeding Bowl and some Hedgehog Food by completing the Hedgehog Wordsearch.

In the Family/Kids Zone you could win a Mini Bug Bug Box, a Mini Bug Ladybird Tower and a Minibeast Guide to help you to identify the bugs in your garden by completing our Who am I? Wildlife Quiz.

Good Luck

Gill

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