Spring into the Easter garden (Gardens, Episode 2)

Eco-friendly gardening tips, tricks and activities for the family this Easter
Making plans for Easter can be a little trickier with the current indoor lifestyle, especially as many people find it a time to get together. Waving towards friends and neighbours from the safety of your living room window just isn’t the same, but you do what you can. Now that its’ been a few weeks since you first sprang into the garden, if you have the energy, let’s do it again, yes?
Get your specs on and get searching for pebbles, something that tends to be in plenty supply in the garden, on your balcony or possibly even found on walks. I love pebbles, they remind me of holidays around the British coastline spent on sandy beaches. They come in all sizes, like the three bears in Goldilocks, and can be painted with acrylic paint (so the rain doesn’t wash it off easily) to resemble colourful eggs. Once dry you can plant them around the garden (or house), give your kids a basket each and set them loose, while you’re free to sit back and watch them hone their hunting skills. Perfect!
If you decided to grow seedlings, no doubt they are starting to show green shoots of life in those left-over toilet roll holders and you’re fed up of cress sandwiches . No problem if you haven’t, as there are probably plenty more lying around you can have a go with (check out post on the 29th for information)! Taking the pebble painting idea further, you can create vegetable and herb markers for your growing plants by painting their names onto them. If your really talented you can even paint pictures of the vegetables or a clever nod to it e.g. a clock for thyme, either way your getting things prepared and ready for when you need to plant out.
If you are limited for room (thinking of balconies especially), using large plant pots or a spare plastic box (re-usable of course) is a great way to save room. Make sure to drill some drainage holes in the bottom of the box before you fill it up with soil, and if the box is see-through, the best part is you can see your root vegetables growing beneath the soil. Always check what type of soil suits what you are growing, as carrots and parsnips like poor quality soil so you need to add sand or grit to the mix.
Keep sane and enjoy Easter

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