I’m still crap at gardening – but you could win a ‘Garden on a Roll’ border for your school!

Mon 5 Jun 17 | Lifestylish | 39 comments

You may already know, but the Media Mummy family are NOT keen gardeners. No green fingers here. Don’t get me wrong, I love our garden to look pretty, but I don’t have the time or inclination to make much effort to be brutally honest. And I know many of you feel the same way as my post ‘Gardening For Idiots (I mean, People like Us)’ got a LOT of love.

We discovered Garden on A Roll – a kind of plant-by-numbers concept that spoonfeeds self-confessed amateurs in the garden department – and bought a 6 metre long Country Cottage border. The headline news is, it’s starting to look really pretty and… WE HAVEN’T KILLED IT YET! 

I got talking to Antony Henn, the very lovely founder of Garden on A Roll, after he saw my post – and he happily humoured my waffling about how on earth you’re supposed to know the difference between a weed and a boring looking plant, and asked basic questions about watering. I know! But seriously, no one teaches you this stuff, do they? 

Antony wants to share his passion for making gardening easy and appealing for everyone, so we have teamed up to give away a wildlife-friendly Garden on a Roll border to a school worth a whole 160 of our British pounds! I’m trying not to take offence that he’s decided my level of gardening expertise equates that of schoolchildren, but frankly he’s right. Just think of all those happy pupils as they dig in the mud and skip maths.

All you need to do is enter with the Gleam thingy below – the more options you follow the more chances you have to win…

‘Garden on a Roll’ Border for Schools Giveaway

How to encourage wildlife to your own garden

Antony’s top 5 plants to attract wildlife:

  1. Buddleja buzz – this is smaller than the usual ‘Butterfly Bush’ and brilliant for bees and butterflies.
  2. Lavender – smells lovely and really attracts butterflies and bees.
  3. Sedum spectabilis – drought tolerant (I read this: poor watering-admin tolerant!) with succulent leaves and huge flat flower heads in late summer autumn, great for all insects.
  4. Caryopteris – masses of blue flowers late Summer/early Autumn, easy and beautiful!
  5. Cotoneaster – hardy, bullet-proof evergreen (excellent, can’t really kill those) which has lovely white flowers that bees love and the berries are invaluable for birds in Winter.

5 tips to make your whole garden wildlife-friendly:

  1. Keep the garden borders a bit ‘wild’ and allow certain weeds to grow and flower then pull them out when they about to self-seed. Many weeds are merely wild flowers!
  2. Leave piles of logs around the borders for frogs, toads etc to hide.
  3. Place bird and bat boxes around the garden or even a hedgehog box.
  4. Always keep a shallow water bowl out for birds and hedgehogs.
  5. Cover the fence with climbers such as honeysuckle which are great for nesting birds.

 

Tips for getting children involved:

  1. Create a raised bed or use a brilliant ready-made one called ‘Veg trug’. The great thing about this is that grandparents can teach their grandchildren how to plant and sow seeds as they are a great height.
  2. Kids love gardening so give them their own special place in the garden, however small.
  3. Growing plants they can eat like strawberries is brilliant fun and educational. That smile when they pick their first one…
  4. Give them jobs! Watering, sowing seeds, weeding, it makes them feel important. (Free labour too, ha!)

Well I never envisaged writing one blog post on gardening, let alone two. What a treat for you, though eh? How to be slightly less idiotic about gardening with kids, and a nice worthy competition! You are welcome.

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39 Comments

  1. Mandi Morrison

    Fab giveaway, our children’s school is just setting up their wildlife,area, so this would be perfect.

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    • Kimberly

      A whole area for them? Amazing. Good luck x

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    • Kimberly

      Good luck Jacqui! Please do share amongst the other school parents for a better chance to win of course!

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  2. Emma Harris (@MeTheManAndKids)

    Have entered so I could try and win a roll for my son’s special needs school. They are currently redoing their play area and would be lovely if I could contribute in some way. Also noticed that the residential part to the school are redoing their garden so they might to choose to pop it there 🙂

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    • Kimberly

      Lovely options either way. Good luck x

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  3. mandydoherty65

    Fab giveaway, I’d love to win it for my grandsons nursery

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    • Kimberly

      Ah lovely. Make sure you enter as many ways as you can to increase your chances Mandy – good luck! ??

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  4. Laura Whittle

    Lovely giveaway x

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    • Kimberly

      Well I think so too! Good luck laura x

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  5. Hayley Moran

    this would be great for my son with learning difficulties.

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  6. Rachel Craig

    Really nice prize. Flowers in the garden can brighten up our spirits. Nice as a gift :- an Act of Kindness.

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    • Kimberly

      Totally! Garden on a roll is such a nice company x

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  7. Solange

    Great giveaway. I’d love this for my daughter’s school.

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  8. Louise Crocker

    I’d love to win this for my children’s school

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  9. carol Boffey

    lovely prize

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  10. JULIE WARD

    Great giveaway for grandsons school

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  11. Sarah Cooper

    Amazing prize. My son’s school is an Eco school so they would love this!

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    • Kimberly

      That sounds very cool!

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  12. isis1981uk

    This would be lovely for my daughter’s nursery!

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  13. james waterworth

    great competition and would be great for our Jessicas school which is one of the few in our area which actually has a gardening club and has invested a lot of money in raised beds.

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    • Kimberly

      What what a green fingered school ☺️

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  14. Michelle Hughes

    What an amazing idea, my childrens school would love this <3

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  15. Caroline Shepherd

    These look brilliant! I’m just trying to sort out our garden and was looking for exactly this sort of idiot-proof service. I will definitely be ordering something. The kids’ school would love me if I won some lovely plants for them, too!

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    • Kimberly

      Seriously genius. When it comes to gardening I need it on a plate! X

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  16. Ursula Hunt

    This would be beautiful for my grandchildrens nursery

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  17. jane orford

    definitely brighten up the borders at my school and children would appreciate it

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    • Kimberly

      Hope you win Jane!

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  18. dorothyjk

    what a great idea- my granddaughter’s school would love this!

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  19. Lisa Houston

    great prize

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  20. Maria P

    this would be a great activity for my daughter and her class to place the plants in the school garden 🙂

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  21. Emma Fox

    A great idea and competition. My son’s school have been revamping their garden area so this would be a welcome addition i’m sure 🙂

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  22. kelly morgan

    Great prize.

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  23. Naptime Natter Wendy

    Haha I suck at gardening too, seriously clueless. Like the idea of this though and useful tips too xx #BlogCrush

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  24. Sarah Taylor

    Would love to win this for my son’s school

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  25. Karen Scott

    Oh my school would love this 🙂

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  26. bridiebythesea

    What a lovely giveaway…I have to confess that not only do I not have green fingers but we don’t even have a garden! One day though, one day #dreamhousegoals Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam xx

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