Gardening at school
Make some small holes in the
screwtop of the plastic water bottle.
You can use a small nail to do
plastic needs to be supple so that you can squeeze the bottle for the
water to come out.
NB For younger children use a 1/4 Litre bottle.
The seed only needs small amounts of water at first until it starts to
grow. When the plant is large and it is hot then water everyday.
A good guide is to maintain water always in the bottom of the system.
slug and snail trap
Cut an empty plastic bottle in the
middle and insert the top opening of the bottle into the
Before doing so, place some pellets of metaldehyde into the bottom half
of the bottle.
This will attract and kill slugs and snails.
The heat from the sun will cause the trapped gastropods to be
These traps need to be put a metre
apart in the garden.
Cats and dogs are at no risk from being poisoned as the pellets cannot
The soil will not be polluted by the pellets as they will not be
damaged by the rain.
You can realise another type of trap with a bottle
of 5 liters cutted in two with a little beer at the bottom. The handle
will be useful to you with dé to place the trap more easily!
impatient to try this system for tourself?
3 runner beans
|Place 3 runner bean seeds on
top of the soil mixture in the plant container.
Cover them with 1 cm of fine gravel and water them until there is water
in the overflow.
Place the planting system on a window sill.
In a few days you will see some young shoots and in a few weeks you
will have some splendid plants.
A plant needs light, warmth and water so do not
forget to water them.
You are now ready to try other seeds from vegetables or flowers.
Young shoots from flower seeds need to be put in the shade for them to
continue to grow.
The heat from the sun will burn and kill them.
Do not worry if they wilt, they will regain
strength when they get used
to their new conditions in the shade.
out grown plants planted out into the garden
When the seeds have grown into
and they are too big for the planting container, then it is time to
plant them out into the garden.
Remember to use the gastropod traps so that your plants are not eaten.
Cut the planting container lengthways in two.
Keep all the soil mixture as this will protect the roots.
|Dig a hole
using a small trowel and place the plant and the soil mixture carefully
into the newly dug hole.
Cover the dug soil around the new plant without to damaging it.
Finally water the newly planted plant.
This system can be used for cuttings
from fruit trees, shrubs and trees such as poplars, willows and osier
This is guaranteed to work if you take the cutting in Spring or at the
end of autumn.
Cut a length of about 5 cm of new growth. Cut at 0.5 cm under a
developing bud or shoot.
Keep the first and second shoots from the top and gently remove the
others shoots or buds underneath, using your fingernail or a knife.
|Place the cutting into the
plastic planting system as far as the base of the first shoot/bud. (see
Cover the base of the cutting with 1 cm of fine gravel, to stop
Do not forget to water the cutting which you can replant into the
garden when it is strong.
fruit throughout winter
In autumn you can collect fruit and
nuts. e.g. Chestnuts, acorns, hazelnuts, walnuts, peaches, apples and
It is necessary to store them in damp conditions because if stored
dried they will die and not germinate next Spring.
There are 3 different techniques.
Use a large 5 Litre empty plastic water bottle or a large clay flower
pot or the plant container system will work as well.
Wash the fruit and nuts in
water then place in your storage container.
NB Do not dry them, leave them
damp. Place a fine
over the opening
to stop insects entering into the storage container.
Bury it in the garden.
Check that the stored fruits or nuts do not dry out.
Water them when conditions are dry.