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Earth Day

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and you will find lots of environmentally friendly activities on the earth day website. www.earthday.org
Although we are unable to be together, we can still look at ways to help the climate together. We are all being encouraged to go for a walk during these strange times, which is fantastic for us and the environment. There are fewer cars about making it safer to go out walking but also making the air we breathe cleaner.
How else can we help our world? One way is to plant forests so, while we are all enjoying our lovely weather we could plant our own trees! It’s really not difficult at all. Next time you have an apple, ask a grown up to cut it open so you can look inside. What can you see? Look for the seeds, I found 8 in mine! Take on old container with some drainage holes or some plant pots and put in some compost, remember to use peat free if you can! Plant the seeds in the compost, making sure they have plenty of room, then cover them up with more soil to keep them nice and warm. Give them plenty to drink, especially in this weather and then be very, very patient. Keep looking after them, watering them and keeping them warm especially if it gets very cold at night. One day, the seeds will pop their heads out of the soil and start to grow into apple trees and you will have started your very own forest! 🌳🌲🌱🌿🍎

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 ❤ 💐🌈

Our Very Own Cart Mill Forest

The children had spent the morning at the forest hunting for different types of seeds and brought some back to the centre to show their friends. Some of the children were very inquisitive and wanted to know what all the seeds would grow into.

We decided our favourite was the beech nut as it looked like a baby hedgehog. One of the children noticed that one of our beech nuts was starting to open and we could actually see the tiny seed inside. Val found another beech nut that had opened completely which the children were able to harvest the seed from. They then went to our mini forest and planted it to see if it would grow next year.

We are so lucky to be able to watch our forest grow every year. So far we have; oak trees from acorns we planted last year, apple trees from seeds we gathered during snack and cherry trees that we have grown from cherry stones. The children love learning about nature and are developing their own nurturing skills by caring for their plants.

What seed is this?
It feels fuzzy.
This one is open.
Look at the tiny seed!
Our miniature forest.

Is the hole deep enough?
We need to cover up the seed.
“They look like baby hedgehogs”