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Easter Family Activity Days- Unplug and Play

Hooray, Easter is here. 

Whatever the weather this April we have activities, inside and out, to keep the kids happy, creative and busy.

As well as the daily drop-in Egg Hunt and special weekend events, why not come in for these gentle Craft and Activity Days.

Monday 15th April
Wednesday 17th April  – Bonnet Parade Day.
Bring your bonnet, or make a simple one on the day – parade at 2pm
Wednesday 24th April
Friday 26th April

Gardens open from 11am
Activities from 12-3pm – see social media for more details of what activities (weather dependent)

Family Friendly Activities entrance
£2 per person over 5years old
Free to holders of Family Activities Annual Pass

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Easter Family Activity Days- Unplug and Play

Hooray, Easter is here.  Whatever the weather this April we have activities, inside and out, to keep the kids happy, creative and busy. As well as the daily drop-in Egg Hunt and special weekend events, why not come in for these gentle Craft and Activity Days. Monday 15th April Wednesday 17th April  – Bonnet Parade Day. Bring your bonnet, or make a simple one on the day – parade at 2pm Wednesday 24th April Friday 26th April Gardens open from 11am Activities from 12-3pm – see social media for more details of what activities (weather dependent) Family Friendly Activities entrance £2 per person over 5years old Free to holders of Family Activities Annual Pass
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#wegrowtogether: a guide to companion planting

There’s a lot of wisdom out there amongst professional and amateur gardeners. Much folklore and science knowledge handed down from generation to generation. 

In the post second world war  ‘nuke everything with a chemical’ era, a lot of native knowledge about what grew well with what, was lost and indeed strongly poo-poohed as ‘magic’ and superstition.

Thankfully since then, largely due to the Organic Gardening lobby, a more rational approach and some good scientific studies have been instrumental in making the practice of ‘companion planting’ an accepted practice amongst mainstream gardeners.

In our veg. and herb garden (the Batty Langley), we tend to mix some pre-18th century practices with some modern wisdom. We don’t use chemicals and plant calendula, nasturtiums, borage, comfrey etc plants amongst the vegetables to encourage beneficial insects.

On the Schools plot we have also experimented with ‘Three Sisters’ planting. This is a techniques used primarily by native north american peoples and combines three main agricultural crops winter squash, maize (corn), and climbing beans.

“The three crops benefit from each other. The maize provides a structure for the beans to        climb, eliminating the need for poles. The beans provide the nitrogen to the soil that the other  plants use, and the squash spreads along the ground, blocking the sunlight, helping prevent the establishment of weeds. The squash leaves also act as a “living mulch”, creating a microclimate to retain moisture in the soil, and the prickly hairs of the vine deter pests. Corn, beans, and squash contain complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and all eight essential amino acids, allowing most Native American tribes to thrive on a plant-based diet.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Sisters_(agriculture)

There is quite a lot of information out there on the web but we thought we would share a guide made by one of our helpful commercial partners, FirstTunnels.

Click here to be taken to their very comprehensive site

https://www.firsttunnels.co.uk/page/Companion-Planting-Guide

 

 

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Lanterns this Sunday … cancelled

*Heads UP* Really sorry , but due to the predicted bad weather over the next few days, we have reluctantly CANCELLED the lantern event this coming Sunday 10th DECEMBER.

We are all so sorry to disappoint people, we, Castle Bromwich singers, Glorishears of Brummagem and all the volunteers here are really sad we cannot entertain the public on that day. The mushroom lanterns have also taken a bit of battering by Storm Caroline.

We will be preparing as usual for the Lantern Parade event on SATURDAY 16th DECEMBER …. ya’ll come!

(If you had friends who were planning to come this Sunday, please help us reach them, by letting them know. Many thanks)

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