The team at Ferndale garden centre in Coal Aston are so passionate about getting children in touch with nature and growing things, they have just launched Gardening with Children Week, 26- 30 May.
Ferndale director Neil Grant, who is also BBC Radio Sheffield’s gardening expert, said:
“We think Spring bank holiday will be the best week to introduce children to gardening and we are here to help with friendly expertise and advice.
“The weather is warmer- at least warm enough to get quick results as those late frosts are generally over.
“There are loads of easy to grow seeds and kits to get them started and you don’t need to be an expert to lead them.
“We recommend planting or sowing something every day of the week.
“This spreads the fun out. You could pot up summer bedding plants from a pack of plants or make a family hanging basket.
“Try Tumbler tomatoes in a hanging basket or plant some tomatoes- try a grafted one if you can for outside growing, stronger plants and good crops.”
What you need to start a basic children’s gardening week:
- Pots and baskets.
- A large bag of multipurpose compost (70 litres or so)
- Tomato food, and slow release granules (the High Potash sort – just ask)
- Some tomato plants, some summer bedding plants
- A selection of children’s seeds (let them choose)
- Your camera!