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We had a brilliant response to our October November Competitions, unfortunately there can only be one winner for each Zone, the lucky winners are:

In the Family Zone

John Stowe, Hampshire

In the School Zone

Fulbrook Middle School, Bedfordshire

both winners will receive:

Hogitat Hedgehog Home

The Hogitat Hedgehog House

A perfect winter retreat for your prickly garden friends

guide to Hedgehogs

Field Guide to Hedgehogs

and a pack of Hedgehog Food

Hedgehog Food

Well done to both of you and I hope that you soon have a Hedgehog making its home in your Hogitat

Look out for our next competitions in the New Year

Gill

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Hedgehogs are busy at the moment looking for a safe place to hibernate and eating plenty of food to build them up for the long winter months, if you love Hedgehogs why not have a go at our two free Gardening with Children Competitions, one in the Family Zone and one in the School Zone.

In both competitions you have a chance to win

Hogitat Hedgehog Home

The Hogitat Hedgehog House

A perfect winter retreat for your prickly garden friends

guide to Hedgehogs

Field Guide to Hedgehogs

and a pack of Hedgehog Food

Hedgehog Food

All you need to do in the School Zone Competition is to correctly identify which Trees the Seeds and Leaves pictured come from, in the Family Zone Competition you have to correctly identify the Fruit/Berries pictured, in each competition there is a list of options to help you.

Hurry, the closing date for both competitions is 30th November 2014

So what are you waiting for? Click on the above links to enter and find out more!

Good Luck

Gill

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If you have been reading my previous blogs you will know that I love Autumn especially getting out for a walk and collecting leaves, seeds, nuts and fruits I simply can’t resist it. The fruits such as Blackberries and Apples can be cooked to enjoy now in Pies and Crumbles or made into jams, chutneys and preserves to savour over the next few months, the seeds and nuts can be planted and will produce new flowers/wildflowers for your garden or a new generation of trees, all that remains are the stunning colourful leaves and the seed/nut cases.

You can have lots of fun with leaves and when you have finished they can be turned into valuable leaf mould for your garden, for lots of ideas for your wonderful leaves click here. This year the Beech has produced a bumper crop of seeds (which are often called Beechnuts or Beechmasts) and as I have quite a lot of the Beech seed cases I got thinking … they are very dry, hard and often spikey just like the prickles of a Hedgehog, so why not ….

Beech Seed Case Hedgehog

Make a Hedgehog from Beech Seed Cases

What you will need

  • Dry Beech Seed Cases
  • Potatoes
  • A Cocktail Stick
  • Sticky Tack or Glue
  • Conkers
  • Black felt tip pen

What you need to do

  1. Choose a potato preferably with a flat side (to stop it rolling around) this will be the bottom.
  2. Leave one end of the potato bare for the face then make holes with your cocktail stick in rows along the back and sides inserting beech seed cases by their stalks until you have covered your potato.
  3. Draw or stick on some eyes then add the conker nose securing it in place with Sticky Tack or Glue

If you have plenty of materials why not make a Hedgehog family and arrange them on a tray/lid with some of your leaves.

Hedgehogs are busy at the moment looking for a safe place to hibernate and eating plenty of food to build them up for the winter months, why not have a go at the new free Gardening with Children Family Competition or School Competition for a chance to win a Hogitat Hedgehog House, a Field guide to Hedgehogs and some Hedgehog Food for the Hedgehogs in your garden.

The Hogitat Hedgehog House

The Hogitat Hedgehog House – a perfect winter retreat for your prickly garden friends

Have fun

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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Happy New Year to you all, let’s hope that this year brings a repeat of the good weather of 2013 and with it another bumper crop of fruit and vegetables.

It is not only our garden that benefitted from last year’s good weather our native wildlife benefited too with many species showing a remarkable increase in numbers.

Red Admiral Butterfly

The National Trust reported that 2013 was a fantastic year for Butterflies; they thrived in the long hot summer months, sightings were up by an average of 80% during the summer’s three official counts, unfortunately for gardeners the Cabbage White did particularly well. The long warm and dry weather was welcomed by insects including moths, bees, crickets and grasshoppers.

Elephant Hawk Moth

Although the cold winter, late spring and hot summer was good news for gardeners by keeping down the slug population, this was not good for the frogs, toads and mammals who eat them, again good for gardeners the numbers of aphids was greatly reduced but this affected the seven-spot ladybirds, hoverflies and birds that rely on them as their main food source.

Almost everything is affected by the weather, at the moment the ground is very wet and very little outdoor gardening that can be done, why not start planning and preparing for the year ahead by checking and ordering your seeds, propagators and seed sowing essentials, click here for lots more information to get yourself organised for seed sowing.

Why not have a go at Sylvia’s January Competition for a chance to win a

Stewarts 52cm Premium Variable Temperature Electric Propagator

Stewarts 52cm Premium Variable Temperature Electric Propagator

All you need to do is

Tell us what you do with your seedlings when you pot them on.  This is not a trick question. We really want to know what you do with them to secure their future as productive plants.

For full details and how to enter (by midnight 31st January 2014) click here.

Good Luck

Gill

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Thank you to everyone that entered our October/November Competitions, we had lots of entries correctly identifying the fruits and vegetables in the cryptic questions and pictures, well done to you all, it just shows how much you know about the fruit and vegetables that you grow and eat.

The Schools Competition winner was Molly Potter from St Botolph’s C of E Primary School, Northfleet, Kent, they will receive a Wooden Raised Bed and module complete with accessories, this will be a perfect starter Raised Bed for their School Gardening Club.

Classic Wooden Raised Bed 90cm x 90cm

The Family Competition Winner was Matthew Lemin, Age 5, from Warminster and he will receive a

Raised Bed on Legs

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We hope that he enjoys growing lots of fruit, vegetables and flowers next year, it will make a lovely early Christmas present.
If you are stuck for Christmas presents for young gardeners and wildlife lovers click here for some great ideas, don’t be disappointed order as soon as you can they are all proving very popular.
This years top gift is the Hogitat an instant cosy and natural home for the hedgehogs in your garden.
The Hogitat Hedgehog House
Happy Shopping
Gill

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Time is running out to enter our current three free children’s competitions with just over a week left before the closing date of 30th November 2013, don’t miss out send in your entries asap.

At The Recycleworks we are passionate about encouraging children of all ages and abilities to learn where their food comes from and how to grow their own.

If you think you know your fruit and vegetables why not have a go at first two competitions for a chance to win some of our famous Wooden Raised Beds.

Competition 1  In the Family Zone and Kids Zone

We are constantly developing new products, our latest range for young gardeners is called

Toddlers Own, Real Gardening Range

as the title suggests these are real working gardening products just like mum and dad would use and not toys, as a preview to this new range we are giving you the chance to win a

Raised Bed on Legs

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These Raised Beds are lovingly made for you to our usual high standard in fcs wood and measure 57cm x 57cm externally with a height of 45cm approx. The growing tray has a generous depth of 24cm making it suitable for a wide variety of plants, a liner is also included to retain the soil and optimize drainage.
Children will love growing their favourite fruit, flowers and vegetables in their own ‘Raised Bed’ and at their own height making gardening easier and great fun.
All you need to do is to identify which fruit or vegetable is shown in the five photographs, then send in your answers on the entry form before the closing date of 30th November 2013. Click here for full details and your entry form.
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Fruit and Vegetable Picture Quiz

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Competition 2  In the School Zone

Gardening is now becoming an important part of the School curriculumn, to get your school garden off to a great start we are giving you the chance to win a Wooden Raised Bed and module complete with accessories.
All you need to do is to have a look at our Quiz and see if you can work out which vegetable or fruit we are describing, then send in your answers on the entry form before the closing date of 30th November 2013. Click here for full details and your entry form.
Vegetable and Fruit Quiz

1.  We are usually green or black and hang around in bunches.

2.  I grow in the ground and it is often said that I can help you see in the dark.

3.  I am yellow and although I have ears I cannot hear, I am delicious cooked on the BBQ.

4.  You often find me growing in the greenhouse I can either be very hot or sweet to eat.

5.  I am round and orange and you usually see me at Halloween.

6.  Jack planted me, and climbed me to seek the giant and steal his treasure.

7.  I am sweet and red and have my seeds on the outside; I am often eaten with cream.

8.  We are small, round and green and grow together in pods.

9.  I am usually grown in hot countries, I am yellow with a dimply skin but I am sour to eat.

10. I have a white head, surrounded by green leaves I am often eaten with a cheese sauce.

Competition 3  The Recycleworks Competition – November 2013

This month’s competition is all about Mangers and Cribs. Mangers are everywhere you look at the moment, they come in all sizes for Christmas.

As a guide:

Large Family Cribs for School, for Church and for the Village Hall

Deep Cribs for smaller spaces with an intimate audience

Standard Cribs go into a mock stable and

Trough Cribs are for baby doll figures

What you can win

For our November Competition we are offering Three Prizes, with three lucky winners each receiving a Manger.

We are offering one each of the Deep Manger, The Standard Manger and the Trough. The first winner will have a choice of size, the second winner can chose from the remaining two sizes. The third winner will receive the remaining Trough/Manger. In addition we will add a surprise of our choice.

What you need to do?

Each Manger will store flat until the next Christmas but we hope that you will use yours in spring to grow something edible.

Tell us what you would grow to eat next year in the Manger of your choice if you are a winner.

Manger sizes: Trough x 60cm long, Deep Manger and Standard Manger x 90cm long.

Send in your entries to us by email (sylvia@recycleworks.co.uk) before the closing date of 30th November 2013.

Good Luck
Gill

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At The Recycleworks we are passionate about encouraging children of all ages and abilities to learn where their food comes from and how to grow their own.

If you think you know your fruit and vegetables why not have a go at first two competitions for a chance to win some of our famous Wooden Raised Beds.

Competition 1  In the Family Zone and Kids Zone

We are constantly developing new products, our latest range for young gardeners is called

Toddlers Own, Real Gardening Range

as the title suggests these are real working gardening products just like mum and dad would use and not toys, as a preview to this new range we are giving you the chance to win a

Raised Bed on Legs

photo 5
These Raised Beds are lovingly made for you to our usual high standard in fcs wood and measure 57cm x 57cm externally with a height of 45cm approx. The growing tray has a generous depth of 24cm making it suitable for a wide variety of plants, a liner is also included to retain the soil and optimize drainage.
Children will love growing their favourite fruit, flowers and vegetables in their own ‘Raised Bed’ and at their own height making gardening easier and great fun.
All you need to do is to identify which fruit or vegetable is shown in the six photographs, then send in your answers on the entry form before the closing date of 30th November 2013.
Fruit and Vegetable Picture Quiz

1

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2

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3

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4

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5

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Click here for full details and your entry form.

Competition 2  In the School Zone

Gardening is now becoming an important part of the School curriculumn, to get your school garden off to a great start we are giving you the chance to win a Wooden Raised Bed and module complete with accessories.
All you need to do is to have a look at our Quiz and see if you can work out which vegetable or fruit we are describing, then send in your answers on the entry form the closing date of 30th November 2013.
Vegetable and Fruit Quiz

1.  We are usually green or black and hang around in bunches.

2.  I grow in the ground and it is often said that I can help you see in the dark.

3.  I am yellow and although I have ears I cannot hear, I am delicious cooked on the BBQ.

4.  You often find me growing in the greenhouse I can either be very hot or sweet to eat.

5.  I am round and orange and you usually see me at Halloween.

6.  Jack planted me, and climbed me to seek the giant and steal his treasure.

7.  I am sweet and red and have my seeds on the outside; I am often eaten with cream.

8.  We are small, round and green and grow together in pods.

9.  I am usually grown in hot countries, I am yellow with a dimply skin but I am sour to eat.

10. I have a white head, surrounded by green leaves I am often eaten with a cheese sauce.

Click here for full details and your entry form.

Competition 3  The Recycleworks Competition – October 2013

New month, new chances, a new prize and a new product! Bearing in mind that you will receive your winning prize in November we are thinking Christmas. This month we are giving away a Toddlers Raised Bed on Legs from our new Toddlers Own, Real Gardening Range of gardening products.

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To win the prize all you have to do is tell us to whom you would give the Toddlers Own Real Gardening experience to and why you would give it to them.

The most interesting entry, sent to us by email (sylvia@recycleworks.co.uk), letter or telephone (01254 820088) will receive the prize at the beginning of November.

Don’t forget to tell us where to send the prize and if you would like us to send a free accompanying card with your message if you win!

Editor’s decision final.

This competiton closes at midnight on 31st October 2013.

Good Luck
Gill

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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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