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How does your garden grow?

The last few weeks have reminded me how much I love being outdoors and how much I am missing our wonderful children and our beautiful Cart Mill garden.

Like  Val, gardening most definitely makes me smile and I could definitely do with some exercise! I’ve decided to get outside in my garden as much as possible to give it and myself some much needed TLC.

Before lockdown, Val, Michelle and I, with some help from our fabulous children, had been working hard in our garden. We had harvested pepper, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and have constructed our amazing greenhouse. Michelle has built us lots of planters in various spots around our garden.

Now what to plant in them? Our children love helping prepare food and help to cook it on our fire pit. Last year we had great success growing our own potatoes, onions, leeks, sweet corn and pumpkins. This year has to be bigger and better! It’s such a wonderful feeling to plant a seed, watch it grow and then be able to pick and eat it.
Val and I had been looking at ways to recycle household items for planting. I’ve spent the last few days rummaging through our recycling to see what I could find.

Toilet roll holders – we use lots! Ideal for planters as they disintegrate into the soil

Yoghurt pots – we know our Cart Mill children love yoghurt! Just pop some holes on the bottom for drainage

Plastic bottles/milk containers – I cut mine down and popped in drainage holes

Egg cartons – we’ve done lots of baking, and eating! Great for planting and will disintegrate when planted in soil

Egg shells – plant in them and then pop into the soil, provides nutrients for our plants to grow

So, what’s growing (fingers crossed) in my garden now? I’ve planted carrots, onions, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and some herbs. My potatoes are nearly ready for planting too. I’ve also planted some flowers in my pots which will brighten up my garden.I feel so much better (well maybe a little stiff) from being outside and I’m sure that’s at least a couple of days in the “gym” done! Remember you can always harvest seeds from your own peppers and apples and have a go at planting them too. I don’t have a greenhouse, yet, so I now have lots of recycled planters dotted around my sunny windowsills.

Now what’s growing in your gardens? We’d love to see photos of your flowers or any vegetables you might be growing. Please share any ideas/tips you have.

Hopefully I’ll soon be able to bring my plants into our Cart Mill garden and the children can help Val and I plant them in our new planters and greenhouse. We’d love you to bring some of yours too.

We miss you all so much. Take care and stay safe.

Love Fiona ❤ 💐🌈

Upcycling an old table

After observing some children tinkering on the workbench it became apparent that they would require some guidance on how to use the workbench and tools. So an old wooden table was brought in as a life learning experience to help the children develop an understanding of how we can re-use and fix things.

During this 2 week experience some of the skills the children have been developing are; language, cooperation, listening, problem solving, measurement, tool safety and risk assessment.


Working together to prepared the old table by washing it ‘to make it clean’

We all took turns sanding the table to take the’ old wood away’ & reveal the wood underneath  ‘smooth’

Measuring the table legs to make sure all ‘4 legs’ are the same size      ‘else it will wobble’

We are learning how to use a saw safely
‘only with a grown up’ & ‘look at the saw’

Protecting the table with beeswax ‘it soaks it up’ & ‘taking care’ of the table so ‘it last a long,long, long time’

We worked together to screw the shorter legs back on the table.


Playing with our beautiful new table  ‘ you sit on the cushions’ & ‘like this …..legs under the table’

The children are very proud of their new table ‘I did this’