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March is here and we are in celebratory mood, with spring just around the corner.  Our competitions this month have a spring time feel too, and we hope you have lots of fun entering. 

As usual we have a Family Competition and a School CompetitionThere are some great prizes up for grabs – all perfect for gardening in the spring.  Here is how to enter…

Schools

March is special because on 21st of the month it is the first day of spring!  Can you describe 4 signs of spring that you might be able to spot at this time of year?

The winning school will receive 3 fabulous Spring Garden in a Box Groboxes plus one of our beautiful and informative Vegetable Planning Charts and a Gardener’s Apprentice Digging Spade.  Specially designed for kids the lightweight spade is beautifully crafted in solid wood and stainless steel.  The closing date is 31st March 2010, so send your entry today.

Email your entry to competitions@gardeningwithchildren.co.uk  by 31st March 2010. 

Or if you prefer, complete the entry form available here and send it by post to:

School Competition, Gardening With Children, Unit 1, Bee Mill, Ribchester, Preston. PR3 3XJ

Families

The 21st March is the first day of spring.  This date is also known as the spring equinox but what does it mean?
If you know you could win a Spring Garden in a Box Grobox  plus a Kids Garden Toolkit.  Including a spade, long handled brush, hand trowel, hand fork and gloves, the toolkit has everything to get a young gardener off to a great start in spring!  The closing date is on 31st March 2010 so enter today!

Email your entry to competitions@gardeningwithchildren by  31st March 2010

Or if you prefer, fill out the form available here and send it by post to:

Family Competition, Gardening With Children, Unit 1, Bee Mill, Ribchester, Preston. PR3 3XJ

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The Garden Grobox is a great growing experience to brighten up any garden

It’s a time saving, convenient way of gardening whilst working in harmony with the environment.  ….And it produces great results every time, in just a few simple steps.
 
The biodegradable box is planted in the ground, or in a tub or window box.  The box contains carefully selected plants (either bulbs or seeds) that have been carefully arranged and spaced in the boxes inner compartments by horticulturist, Jayne Lawton.   In this way the plants are given the optimum space for growth.
We currently have three Garden Groboxes to choose from. 
The   Grobox Garden contains a selection of flower bulbs.
The bulb varieties vary depending on the season in which you buy your grobox, but each variety offers beautiful flowering results year on year.
The Grobox Organic Vegetable Garden in a box  contains a variety of vegetables, which varies depending on the season but typically includes onions, peas, beans, lettuces, rocket, cabbages, courgettes and carrots. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Grobox Sunshine Garden in a Box is a growing experience to brighten up any summer garden and contains Anemones, Crocosima, Narcissus, Oxalis and Puschkinia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
The GroBox is made from recycled cardboard and acts as an insulator for the plants, protecting them from prolonged cold, ground frosts and pests.  The cardboard also contains a conditioner so when it degrades it releases nutrients increasing the fertility of the soil around the plants. This means that it can be planted almost anywhere in the garden regardless of soil quality, drainage or fertility.
Soil quality in Britain is in decline even though there is a government strategy in place to try and protect it.   Being organic the GroBox is an environmentally friendly EcoBox which improves the fertility of life-soil whilst giving great crops of flowers and vegetables.

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