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Oranges are always a favourite at our house, especially Tangerines at Christmas but wouldn’t it be nice to grow your own Orange Tree.

Oranges and Lemons

Many children will not have seen oranges growing on trees except in books, on the television or maybe in garden centres. If you have a bit of time and a lot of patience (it can take 8 years for a tree to produce an orange) why not have a go at growing your own tree from pips that you have collected.

How to Grow your own Orange Tree

Peel your orange and break into segments, hold each segment up to the light you should be able to see the pips inside, carefully split the skin and remove the pips.

Rinse the pips in warm water (keep your pips moist this helps them to germinate).

Sowing Orange pips

Fill some small pots with compost and plant your pips about 1-1.5cm deep, one or two to a pot.

Water lightly to moisten the compost but not too much to make it soggy.

Make a label recording the date, what and how many seeds you have sown.

If you have a propagator put your pots inside and place on a warm, bright windowsill, alternatively push 2/3 sticks into the compost around the edge of the pot and cover with a plastic bag, tie loosely with string around the pot or use a rubber band.

At night remove your pots from the windowsill as it can become quite cold especially if you have the curtains closed, returning them during the day.

Check regularly that the compost is moist, once your seedlings appear remove their protective cover and place in a sunny position avoiding the midday sun.

Re-pot your plants individually as they grow.

When your plants are much larger stand them in a conservatory or porch or outside on a sheltered patio in warm weather during the summer bringing them inside, before any frosts, for the winter.

Why not try growing lemon or grapefruit pips too?

Have fun!

Gill

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I had an ‘Ask the Expert’ enquiry this week from Natalie who wanted some advice on which seeds to buy from our website that she could grow at her son’s nursery garden. She wanted to grow things that the children could eat at their snack time but the only draw back was that they had to be able to pick them between now and the end of June before they break up, here was my advice:

As you are limited for time (approx. 9 weeks before the end of June) the quickest things to sow/grow/harvest would be vegetables/herbs that are grown for their leaves rather than their fruit (tomatoes) or roots (carrots, beetroot).

Mustard and Cress

Mustard and Cress are perhaps the easiest and quickest to grow and can be eaten in approx. a week, these can be sown little and often, sow indoors not too thickly on a thin layer of moist compost or moist tissues, cover with a piece of paper until they are 1”(25cm) and then cut when they are about 2”(50cm).

Salad Leaves (Red & Green mixed) are very quick to mature and their different coloured leaves look attractive.

Coriander

Herbs fit nicely into this category and our Herb Variety Pack contains:

Coriander, Basil, Dill, Rocket

Basil

available to buy separately is Parsley (this can sometimes be slow to germinate)

Essential Propagator

 

To get them all off to a good start I would sow them in Pots/Trays in a Propagator or on a warm sunny windowsill. When they are big enough to handle re-pot them into Larger Pots/Trays with more space to grow, again returning them to the windowsill until they are large enough to plant outside when the weather if favourable.

 

They can be planted into Containers, Hanging Baskets, Wall Baskets, Window Boxes or Grow Bags. They are ideal for planting into Raised Beds, Salad and Herb Beds, Corner Raised Beds or Mangers.

It is advisable to protect them with Fleece if any frost is forecast until they are well established.

Salubrious Salad and Herb Bed

For best results they should be in a warm, sheltered and sunny position.

I hope that Natalie and all the children enjoy sowing and growing their seeds and they enjoy eating the lovely fresh leaves too.

Happy Growing

Gill

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The Schools Competition theme is ‘Vegetable Planting’ and we have lots of goodies to give away.

Spring is in the air, the plants in the garden are coming back to life, the wildlife is becoming active and hopefully the worst of the weather is behind us. Now is an ideal time to start planting.

PolyPot Grow Bags

For this months competition we are giving away some brilliant planting kits and a selection of vegetables to grow, which will get your school garden off to a great start.

Garlic Bulbs

Growing potatoes is something that every child enjoys from delving in the lovely moist compost to plant the seed potatoes to looking for ‘treasure’ at harvest time. Rhubarb is an easy plant to grow and maintain and available in different varieties, we have included two varieties here so that you can compare them. Garlic is another easy plant to grow and all the more interesting as it’s the main ingredient of everybody’s favourite Garlic Bread.

 
 
To enter all you need to do is to find three signs of spring where you are and then tell us what they are as well as what is your favourite thing about spring, be imaginative it could be something that happens, or something that you do, as well as a plant, bird or animal.
 
So hurry, hurry, hurry as the competition ends on 31st March 2012, get your entry in to us as soon as possible for a chance to win: 

Rhubarb Timperley Early

 
So get out there ‘Spring Spotting’ as entries need to be in by 31st March 2012. For entry details and your entry form click here.

The Family Competition theme is ‘Seed Sowing’ and we have some great prizes up for grabs.

Spring is finally here and there are plenty of jobs to do in the garden, things to plant and seeds to grow. Lots of seeds can be started off on your windowsill and an ideal way to grow them is in a Mini Propagator especially if the weather outside is cold or wet.

Mini Propagator Seed Growing Kit

To win some great garden goodies all you need to do is to
 
SOW AND GROW SOMETHING YOU CAN EAT ON YOUR WINDOWSILL
 
and then tell us all about it or send in a photograph or a drawing
 
 
Growbox Childrens Flower Garden
 
The winning entry will receive:
 
 
Gardener's Apprentice Hand Trowel
 
Kid's Traditional Watering Can
So get planning, sowing and growing as entries need to be in by 31st May 2012. For entry details and your entry form click here.

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