Gardening with children

Get Growing!

Gardening is a great way to get children outdoors and to develop an interest in nature and the environment. Growing and picking their own fruit and veg is a great way to encourage children to eat more of them. If you have the space in your garden, why not give them a small patch of their own to look after?  Even if you only have a windowbox, you can still encourage children to grow and look after some herbs or salad crops.

 

Family Workshops

The Caley has number of activities focusing on gardening with children.  This spring, we launched our Family Vegetable Growing Workshops.

The workshops are fully booked for this season but if you would like to find out more and get prepared for next year, contact familyworkshops@rchs.co.uk.

Junior Groups Bulb Competition

We have a special bulb growing competition that is aimed at schools, community groups and youth groups.  This competition is fun and light-hearted and the children all enjoy taking part.  As well as pots of daffodils, the groups can also enter a competition for their artwork.

If you would like your school or group to enter the 2023 competition, please contact schoolspringshow@rchs.co.uk.

Young Gardeners at The Caley

Here at The Caley, we are keen to encourage young gardeners to get involved. If you child would prefer to enter a competition working on their own, we have a junior section in our main Spring Bulb Show. The only stipulations are that they should be under that age of 13 on the date of the show and that they should have grown the bulbs on their own.  This is a great way to get your kids (or grandkids) involved in gardening.  For many, it becomes a lifelong interest. For further details, see the ‘Spring Bulb Show’ page of the website or contact springshow@rchs.co.uk.

Plant & Grow

The Caley has an excellent resource for young people and beginners of all ages who want to start gardening called Plant & Grow. We are currently revamping the programme so, to get you started, we will be sharing a few projects each month on this page.  The practical activities are easy to follow, fun to do and give a good introduction to growing plants, gardening, and other garden related skills. It is not necessary to have a large garden as many of the activities can be done in a variety of locations and plants can be grown in containers.

Many older children will be capable of working through the activities by themselves, but in the interests of safety and to achieve the best learning results, gardening as a family or a group is recommended, with direct mentoring and encouragement from a responsible adult.

Projects for you to do

August

The early part of August can be wet and unsettled (if only – we really need some rain!) with thunder showers and longer periods of rain that refresh the garden after the drier weather of June and July. To prolong the flowering life of plants, particularly roses, geraniums and those colourful flowers in hanging baskets, pick off any dead flowers (this is called dead-heading); this practice encourages plants to go on developing more flowers rather than channelling all their energy into producing seeds once the flower has died.

Some vegetables that were sown or planted out in the spring will now be ready to harvest; potatoes, runner beans, peas, early carrots and beetroot as well as salad crops such as radish, lettuce and tomatoes will give you the taste of summer. Keep sowing a succession of salad crops; some salad crops and herbs can be sown and harvested quite quickly, in only 6 to 8 weeks.

If you want to do some fun growing make a ‘grass head’. Grass grows at quite a speed and these grass heads can be made at any time of the year; outside in the spring and summer, inside in the autumn and winter.

Make a bird table

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Drawing and naming flowers

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Grasshead

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Get involved or get further information!

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