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National Gardening Week (13-19 April 2015) was launched four years ago by the RHS and since then has grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups get involved with many events and activities being held up and down the country from beginner’s workshops to guided walks, face painting to garden parties, there’s something for everyone and everyone is invited. Find out what’s on.

There are plenty of things you can do yourself or with your family to get into the spirit of National Gardening Week here is my suggestion:

Sow some seeds

Having been a gardener for most of my life, I must have sown thousands and thousands of seeds, yet I am still excited when they grow and appear out of the compost, it’s magical and also amazing to think that vegetables, flowers, grasses and even trees all start from a small seed.

If you are new to gardening, sowing seeds can be a bit daunting and perhaps scary, why not start off with something very simple that is quick to grow and can be picked and eaten straight away, I remember growing Cress when I was at Primary School. Cress Seeds can be grown on compost in a seed tray or pot, or on kitchen roll or cotton wool; they germinate quickly, grow fast and need very little attention.

Mustard and Cress ready to eat

Grow speedy Cress in a pot

Fast growing crops are best for children, fill your pots with compost, water then sprinkle your Cress seeds onto the surface place in a bright position and watch them grow, simply cut with scissors just above the compost level when ready, usually 7-14 days after sowing, and eat fresh. A brightly coloured Children’s Mini Propagator Kit is the perfect introduction for your budding gardener to sow and grow their seeds and will fit neatly on the windowsill.

 

1. Cress Heads

  1. Decorate a small plant pot or empty container with a happy, funny or scary face using paint, felt tips or crayons, why not add some sequins, wool, glitter.
  2. Once your decorations have dried, place some compost inside the pot, water and sow some cress seeds on top.
  3. Place on a windowsill and water carefully when it starts to dry out.
  4. When the Cress has grown, give your Cress head a ‘haircut’ and enjoy.

Cress Cotton Wool Lamb

2. Cotton Wool Cress Lamb

What you will need

  • Plastic or Polystyrene disposable plates
  • Coloured Felt tips
  • Cotton Wool
  • Glue
  • Cress Seeds

What you need to do

  1. Draw a lamb on the plate, give him/her a large body.
  2. Spread some glue on the lambs body and press on a piece of cotton wool, allow to dry.
  3. Carefully wet the cotton wool.
  4. Sprinkle your cress seeds on the cotton wool and place on a light windowsill, keep the cotton wool moist.
  5. Watch your seeds grow, they will be ready to eat in 7-14 days, simply cut with scissors and enjoy.

Have fun

Gill

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Easter is here and it’s a great time to get outdoors and enjoy all that Spring has to offer, the garden is coming to life, buds are bursting, daffodils are dazzling and the birds are busy building their nests and singing loudly, especially early in the morning.

If the weather is not great and those sneaky April Showers are keeping you indoors here are some activities to pass the time:

Have fun

Traditionally an Easter Egg Hunt takes place in the garden, of course you can always have them indoors around the house, here is another version if space is limited, it’s great fun and perfect for a children’s party.

Mini Eggs in rice

Mini Easter Egg Lucky Dip

What you will need

  • Mini Easter Eggs
  • A bucket/washing up bowl
  • Cheap Dried Rice (enough to ¾ fill the bucket/washing up bowl)
  • A blindfold or scarf
  • An Easter Egg for the winner
  • Extra Mini Eggs for all runners up

How to play

  1. Fill your container with rice and push in your eggs (you could use different sizes of mini Easter eggs).
  2. Place your container on the floor with a table cloth underneath to catch any rice.
  3. Each child takes it in turn to kneel on the floor, blindfolded and find as many eggs as they can in 1 minute.
  4. Count and record the number of eggs found and return to the rice for the next person.
  5. The winner is the one who finds the most eggs.

Grow

Lambs are synonymous with Spring, why not get crafty and make a Lamb which will grow.

Cress Cotton Wool Lamb

Cotton Wool Cress Lamb

What you will need

  • Plastic or Polystyrene disposable plates
  • Coloured Felt tips
  • Cotton Wool
  • Glue
  • Cress Seeds

What you need to do

  1. Draw a lamb on the plate, give him/her a large body.
  2. Spread some glue on the lambs body and press on a piece of cotton wool, allow to dry.
  3. Carefully wet the cotton wool.
  4. Sprinkle your cress seeds on the cotton wool and place on a light windowsill, keep the cotton wool moist.
  5. Watch your seeds grow, they will be ready to eat in 7-14 days, simply cut with scissors and enjoy.

Bake

Hot Cross Buns are traditionally eaten toasted and buttered, why not have a change and make them into a delicious dessert, it would be ideal for an Easter family get together and is a great way to use up buns that have gone dry.

Hot x Buns

Hot Cross Bun Pudding

What you will need

  • 6 Hot Cross Buns
  • 30g Salted Butter
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 450ml whole milk
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • Handful of Raisins and Sultanas
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • Icing sugar to dust

What you need to do

  1. Butter a shallow ovenproof dish (approx. 25 x 32cm)
  2. Cut your buns in half and butter both sides then cut each half into quarters.
  3. Layer the bottom quarters butter side up in the dish and sprinkle over the Raisins and Sultanas.
  4. Whisk the eggs, milk, sugar and nutmeg together and pour about two thirdsof the mixture over the buns and leave to soak in, then place the remaining ‘top’ quarters on top with the top of the bun upwards and pour over the remaining custard mix, press down lightly and leave to soak in again.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180C and bake for approx. 40 minutes or until golden brown on top check that all the custard is cooked through, dust with icing sugar.
  6. Serve with ice cream, cream, crème fraiche or yoghurt
  7. Serves 6-8

For more fun, crafty and delicious Easter activities click here.

Whatever the weather have a great Easter

Gill

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