Haskins Garden Centres

Garden Gang Summer Projects

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1. Sow lettuce seeds on a window sill

You will need:
• Seed tray and lid or plant pot and plastic bag
• Seed compost
• Seeds
• Water spray

– Fill your tray or pot 2 thirds full with soil and loosely pat down.
– Sow your seeds as directed on the packet.
– Cover lightly with seed compost.
– Spray lightly with water to cover but not soak with water.
– Cover with a lid or plastic bag held in place with an elastic band.
– Place on a warm window sill, keeping moist.
– Once the first shoots appear which should take between 1-3 weeks let some air in.

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2. Go on a night time snail hunt

You will be surprised how many slugs and snails you will find in your garden at night. Grab a torch and go on a snail hunt. See how many varieties you can find.

Most slugs and snails are not actually that harmful in the garden, however if they are eating your plants you can collect them and remove them from the garden.

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3. Bird watch

See if you can find these popular birds and which is the most common in your garden.

pdf-icon Download your Bird Watch
finder sheet here!

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4. Make a bird snack

Mix together seeds, nuts and crumbs with lard or left over cooking fat into a coconut shell and hang in the garden for winter snack.

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5. Garden alphabet game

Starting with the letter A, see what you can spot in the garden beginning with that letter. Taking it in turns to go through the alphabet.

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6. Bug hunt

See if you can find these popular garden bugs and which is the most common in your garden.

pdf-icon Download your Bug Hunt
finder sheet here!

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7. Grow a beanstalk (well runner bean)

A really good way to see how things grow is to sow a bean seed in water on a window sill in the kitchen. Fold a piece of kitchen roll into a jam jar, add 3 cm of water to the jar and place your bean seed between the jar and the kitchen roll and watch what happens. It’s a slow process but you will see the seed crack and small plant start to stretch out foots and a bud. Eventually you will have grown a small bean plant which you can transplant into soil in a pot and later plant your bean plant in the garden.

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8. Sow marigold seeds ready to plant in your garden or sell at the school fair

You will need:
• Marigold seeds
• Seed tray
• Plastic plant pots
• Seed compost
• Water spray

Seeds such as marigolds are easy to grow in seed tray on a window sill and later move small plants into individual pots and grow outside. Follow the sowing instructions on the seed packet and keep the soil moist.

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9. Grow a tomato plant

There are lots of different varieties to choose from and most are easy to grow.

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10. Make a bug home

You can attract beneficial bugs and bees into your garden by offering them a home. Bumble bees, solitary bees and ladybirds like to like to crawl into holes, and other creatures prefer dry straw, and bark. You can create your own easily in your garden.

For this one get an adult to help you with the woodwork, but you can easily tie a batch of bamboo sticks together to provide a good home for bees, or use a recycled pallet to make a whole bug hotel.

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