January

To Do List

  • Decide what is to be grown in the garden this year and make signs.
  • Shred Christmas tree branches for adding as a mulch to blueberries, cranberries or other acid loving plants.

Bug Habitat!

Make a bug habitat out of a real Christmas tree trunk by attaching bug houses to the trunk.

Make Compost

Making compost is a natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your plants. Basically you can make a pile of compostable material in an unused area of the garden, make a surround out of recycled pallets if you wish or use a large plastic compost bin. The idea is to layer up lots of material over time, turn it regularly to let air in, and nature will do the rest. It takes about 6 months to a year to make good compost depending on how often it is turned.

So many things can be composted, but never meat or cooked food.

Use grass clippings, fallen leaves, weeds (that haven’t seeded), vegetable peelings, apple cores, banana skins, egg shells, cardboard, shredded paper, coffee grounds, tea bags, cardboard egg boxes, hedge clippings, plants that have finished cropping.

Getting the balance right can sometimes be tricky, so if your compost is too wet add more cardboard or shredded paper, and if it is a little dry, add some water.

Your compost will be ready when it has broken down and is dark and crumbly and smells of the earth. Don’t worry if there are some bigger “bits” still left in it; these can be added to the next compost heap.

Curriculum Resources

Classroom Activities to Get Growing, Get Cooking and Get Inspired will be available soon.