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Plant a tree or shrub

The best planting times are between October and April, but avoid planting in waterlogged soil. If you don’t have a garden, no fear, you can plant trees and shrubs in containers, at any time of the year!

Handy Links:

  • https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=237
  • https://www.paramountplants.co.uk/blog/index.php/best-time-to-plant/
  • https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/03/british-trees-to-plant-in-your-garden/
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Sow pumpkin seeds for Halloween

Why not try growing your very own pumpkin for halloween this year?!

Spring is the perfect time of year to sow your pumpkin seeds.Follow the steps below:

  1. Place the seeds on their side, 1cm deep, in a 8cm pot of compost.
  2. Keep the compost well watered and in a sunny spot.
  3. In May, move your seedlings in to a colder spot, ready for moving outside.
  4. After a week, plant your seedlings outside.
  5. Make sure you water regularly. Try cutting the bottom off of a used plastic bottle and place upside down, lid removed, in to the soil next to the plant. This will allow the water to reach the roots.
  6. Feed with natural fertiliser every 10-14 days.
  7. Once your fruit starts to grow, make sure they sit off the ground on a tile or piece of glass.

Wait for the harvest!

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Create a log pile in your garden

You can encourage all sorts of animals to your garden by creating log piles. From birds, beetles, frogs and even hedgehogs, you’ll create an animal haven.
If you have a trail camera, try popping it down next to your pile and see what visitors you have!

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Create a DIY Bird Bath

To make a bird bath that’s safe and accessible, it needs to have shallow, sloping sides, be as wide as possible, and have a maximum depth of 10cm.  An old dustbin lid or large shallow plant saucer are good options.

Once you’ve found your bath, follow the easy steps below:

  1. Choose where you want to place your bird bath
  2. Make the surface nice a level so the bath won’t tip over
  3. Place your chosen bath on to the surface and fill with stones, pebbles, large marbles etc. This is to stop the bird getting completely soaked through or stuck.
  4. Finally fill the bath with water and hey presto!

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Make Wildflower Seed Bombs for your garden

Insects thrive on wild flowers, so, by creating these seed bombs, you’re not only keeping the kids creative, you’re helping out your local wildlife too!

All you need is: household flour, compost and wildflower seeds. You can gather your own seeds, by scouting around the garden!

Follow the steps below and show us how you get on by adding your iDot to the website:

  • Use a ratio of one cup of flour to 3 cups of compost and combined it well before adding our seed.
  • Once you’ve added your seed, try to handle it gently so not to damage any of them!
  • Add just enough water so that the mixture holds together.
  • Then form your little seed bombs, making them about the size of a marble.
  • Leave to dry out for 24 hours.

Once your seed bombs have dried out, take a walk around your garden and scatter them around. If you don’t have a garden, you can scatter them in a few pots and place them on your windowsill!

Photo credit: Craft Invaders

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