I’m still crap at gardening – but you could win a ‘Garden on a Roll’ border for your school!
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…
How to encourage wildlife to your own garden
Antony’s top 5 plants to attract wildlife:
- Buddleja buzz – this is smaller than the usual ‘Butterfly Bush’ and brilliant for bees and butterflies.
- Lavender – smells lovely and really attracts butterflies and bees.
- 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.
- Caryopteris – masses of blue flowers late Summer/early Autumn, easy and beautiful!
- 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:
- 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!
- Leave piles of logs around the borders for frogs, toads etc to hide.
- Place bird and bat boxes around the garden or even a hedgehog box.
- Always keep a shallow water bowl out for birds and hedgehogs.
- Cover the fence with climbers such as honeysuckle which are great for nesting birds.
Tips for getting children involved:
- 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.
- Kids love gardening so give them their own special place in the garden, however small.
- Growing plants they can eat like strawberries is brilliant fun and educational. That smile when they pick their first one…
- 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.