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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

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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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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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This year I decided to treat myself to some new Strawberry plants, the ones on my allotment are over 3 years old and their stems have become old, woody and they will now produce less fruits, it is recommended that you replace your Strawberry plants after 3 years each time replanting in a new position or new compost if they are grown in containers.

Strawberry plants are available now in garden centres, supermarkets, on the high street and via mail order. There are so many different varieties to choose from, cropping at different times in various shapes and sizes but all of them equally delicious, why not plant a few different varieties to give a continuous crop over the Summer months and into Autumn.

Bare root runners

Bare root runners

Yesterday a white padded envelope came through the front door, it was from one of the large seed companies, inside there were growing instructions and a small white bag containing my new Strawberry runners they didn’t look very inspiring but with a little care and attention they should produce some delicious Strawberries this Summer.

 Strawberry table

Strawberry Table

The variety I chose is ‘Buddy’ it is new this year and is ‘ever bearing’ or ‘perpetual’ which means that it will produce Strawberries over a long growing period from Spring into Autumn. After their arrival I put my bare root runners in water straightaway and then planted them individually in pots in the greenhouse in good compost to become established before planting outside. Strawberries can be grown practically anywhere – in the ground, raised beds, strawberry tables, pots, hanging baskets, troughs, window boxes and in Strawberry bags/tubs and are ideal for children to grow.

Patio Strawberry & Herb Planter Bag

Strawberry Planter Bag

Click here for a full guide to growing your own Strawberries.

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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Before the growing season gets into full swing get organised, make plans and prepare for a busy Easter Weekend and a productive year ahead in your garden.  

Tools   Check, clean, oil and replace any that are damaged or worn, make sure that you have the right tools for all your jobs this year.

Propagators   These will soon be in full use, test yours early to check it is working properly and give it a good clean, hygiene is very important when sowing seeds. Now is an ideal time to buy one, it will be invaluable throughout the year and in years to come.

 Potting Tray in black

Pots, Trays and Compost   Organise your Greenhouse/Potting Shed sort through your pots and trays throw away any broken ones, give the rest a good clean as well as your potting tray, order new Seed Compost and Vegetable Compost, last year’s opened bags may not be suitable for starting off your new seeds and plants.

Watering Cans & Water Butts   Drain and clean out, check the rose on your watering can and replace if necessary, don’t be caught out by the weather invest in a Water Butt, remember the drought we had in Spring 2012.

Steel Seed Tin 'Dig For Victory'

Store your seeds in a Seed Tin

Seeds   Take stock of your seeds, discard any that are opened and out of date and order more while stocks are still available, store in a suitable Seed Tin to protect them from Mice, Pests and moisture.

Plan   Sit down with a nice cup of tea and draw a plan of your garden/vegetable patch make notes on crops that did/did not do well and where your crops where grown last year, make a new planting plan for this year rotating your crops to get the best results and to avoid problems.

Growing Vegetables by Pauline Pears 

Read   Gardening books are invaluable for reference, ideals, hints and tips for your garden/vegetable plots.

Order Early   If you need any gardening products order early whilst products are available to make sure that you have everything you need.

Make your plans and preparations now, Easter is early and it’s the busiest gardening weekend of the year, let’s hope it’s warm and dry.

Gill

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We have got just the thing…

hot out of our warehouse this Spring is our new range of

Thrifty Raised Beds

Budget Raised FSC Wooden Beds

At the Recycleworks we have been thinking about how to Grow your Own vegetables and fruit as easily and economically as possible whilst still getting the maximum yield from a wide range of crops, so we have developed a range of budget Raised Beds which will appeal to everyone:

  • Families – the family budget is being pinched, now is the time to Grow your Own and reap the benefits
  • The first time gardener – perfect starter beds and entry into Grow Your Own
  • The accomplished gardener – a great product to extend your growing area
  • Schools – affordable and well within the budget
  • Community Groups – great for getting people involved in gardening, socialising and working together.

The beds are available in 3 sizes:

  1. The Thrifty Classic – 80cm x 80cm
  2. The Thrifty Long – 80cm x 105cm
  3. The Thrifty Big Square – 105cm x 105cm

with a choice of three heights for each size: 14cm, 28cm, and 42cm and a choice of two colours : Chestnut or Green.

Assembly instructions are supplied with each Raised Bed.

To help you grow the maximum yield and to remove the guesswork if you are new to Grow Your Own each raised bed also comes with a growing/planting guide including ideas and tips on suggested crops, planting, positioning, watering and feeding.

To warm up the soil before planting why not add a Compost Duvet or a Raised Bed Watering Kit to make watering easier and more economical in the long summer months.

Prices start from £15.55 making them very affordable to everyone.

You will surprised at how much you can grow in such a small space – you can’t beat the taste, texture and smell of freshly picked produce.

Gill

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