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Time for sowing

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

Carrot hairReaders of the The Sun newspaper and their fantastic web pages will already know that Peter Seabrook is giving regular reminders to schools about the seeds to sow for our Miracle-Gro’wers display at Chelsea Flower Show. Recently the web page The Sun gave tips and showed useful pictures on growing carrots in containers. Peter recommended a deep plastic pot of 4 or 5 litre capacity. The square ones used to sell container-grown roses are ideal. Sown now, we are hoping that we will have some great carrot plants with decent roots to show our visitors on our Learning Journey stands.

Remember to check in to the Sun’s web pages for regular updates.

As well as plants, we are hoping to dress each of our four gardens with appropriate material that conveys to visitors the right time line for each display. The dates are 1913, 1940’s, 1970’s and 2013. Already Chudleigh Knighton Primary School in Devon have offered to make an ‘Arts and Crafts’ shelving display for the 1913 garden and Chaucer Junior School in Ilkeston, Derbyshire are building an air raid shelter complete with trench and sand bags in their school garden that we can borrow.

We still need to beg, borrow or make a small bench for each of the four gardens - Rustic for 1913, Utility for 1940’s, Plastic Flower Power for 1970’s and Ultra Modern for 2013. You get the idea! We were hoping for similar styles for a shelving unit to complete the 40’s 70’s and modern displays. Perhaps even a small cold frame (no glass – too dangerous) where we could display some appropriate plants on each of the four displays.

Please keep your eyes pealed for suitable props and let Jane or me know if you can help with these or any other creative ideas.

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