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Potty Gardening Club: Compost

16/09/202006:0415/09/2020 11:21Leave a Comment

Hello again Potty Gardeners, We hope you are staying safe and well. The Potty Gardeners club blog has been going for 7 months now and we have covered lots of different subjects and activities. You can look at them all here if you haven’t already done so. This week we are looking into the world […]

Potty Gardening Club: Plants that Fight Back

02/09/202012:3609/09/2020 14:15Leave a Comment

Plants are not always the defenceless things you may think they are. Some fight back! Roses, brambles and hawthorn have thorns and holly has prickles. Thorns, spines, and prickles are hard modifications of leaves, stems or buds with sharp ends whose sole purpose is to deter animals from eating them. Nettles are different and perhaps […]

Potty Gardening Club: Ant Farmers and Aphid Cattle

19/08/202006:3317/08/2020 12:42Leave a Comment

Some of the smallest creatures in your garden are the insects and they are truly wonderful and fascinating little beasties. A garden may contain hundreds of unseen insects all trying to multiply and survive in whatever way they can and some insects have ingenious ways to help them survive. One of the most abundant insects […]

Potty Gardening Club: Earthworms

05/08/202006:5703/08/2020 12:03Leave a Comment

One of the most important creatures in your garden is not always easily seen. It lives beneath the ground tunnelling by eating the soil, breaking it up and carrying compost down into the ground. Worms eat their own weight in organic waste, soil and minerals and pass out their own weight in casts (worm poo) […]

Potty Gardening Club: Dandelion – Friend or Foe?

22/07/202006:0622/07/2020 10:27Leave a Comment

Dandelions are one of the most successful plants in the world, they seem to grow anywhere! In the cracks of the pavement, in your lawn and flower bed, at the side of the road – in fact anywhere they can set roots down. We are all familiar with dandelion clocks, like the one in my […]

Potty Gardening Club: Moths and Butterflies

08/07/202006:5901/07/2020 13:09Leave a Comment

Hello Potty Gardeners, welcome to another session of your Gardening Club. This week we will be looking at butterflies and moths. We have all seen butterflies, and sometimes moths, fluttering about our gardens and I am sure we have all seen the caterpillars as they munch their way through different plants. Did you know there […]

Potty Gardening Club: Growing from Seed

24/06/202006:5529/06/2020 11:26Leave a Comment

Hello again Potty gardeners, Did you do any of the previous experiments? Keep watching them, they will grow! This week we are continuing with growing things. Plant seeds come in many different shapes and sizes. Look at the picture below of just some of the seeds I have in my greenhouse. From these tiny seeds […]

Do you know what’s in your garden?

11/06/202012:1501/07/2020 11:16Leave a Comment

With many of us spending more time at home, now is the perfect chance to discover the wildlife living on your patch. Exploring the garden is a great way to connect you and your family to nature, and spending time with nature has been shown to benefit mental and physical wellbeing. You don’t need to […]

Lockdown DIY: Creating a Small Garden Pond from Recycled Materials

11/06/202012:0411/06/2020 12:17Leave a Comment

One of the best ways to help wildlife in your garden is to create a pond. This provides a habitat for freshwater plants and insects, or even fish and frogs. As a keen aquarist, I’ve longed for a pond since buying our first home a couple of years ago, but with only a small lawn […]

Potty Gardening Club: Growing Things

10/06/202006:5408/06/2020 12:06Leave a Comment

Plants are very important, they clean the air that we breath through the process of photosynthesis. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, plants do the opposite. Plants absorb light, carbon dioxide, and water to make sugar for energy to fuel growth, and release oxygen as a waste product. Plants are brilliant at […]