Herald - Issue 427

4th August 2022 • The HERALD • Page 53 v GROW YOUR BUSINESS WITH THE HERALD v ✿ DOWN THE GARDEN PATH ✿ RYAN FENCING Quality Fencing & Gates 07769 706516 • 023 8084 1203 www.ryan-fencing.co.uk • Find us on Facebook A J GLEESON BUILDING & GROUNDWORK DRIVEWAYS EXTENSIONS BRICKWORK GROUNDWORK BLOCK PAVING Colours & Designs to suit your requirements Local Work Available to View CALL FOR A FREE QUOTATION New Forest & Southampton 023 8084 4180 Mobile: 07770 771475 Bramdene, Main Road, Dibden, Southampton THE TREE & LANDSCAPE WIZARD All aspects of tree surgery, garden maintenance and landscaping undertaken Family run business for over 20 years No Job Too Big or Small Please call 07552 977731 for a Free Quotation All aspects of Gardening carried out by reliable gardener a Grass Cutting a Hedge Cutting a Border Maintenance, Pruning, Weeding a Treating of Fencing/Trellis/Outbuildings a Pressure Washing of Patios/Decking The Potty Gardener Contact Kev on 07585 115569 or 023 8084 8638 Summer Holiday Gardening Fun by Crown Garden & Landscapes and fairy doors from lolly sticks. You could even include some solar powered fairy lights for an extra splash of magic. Make a worm farm If you’ve got kids who like to get their hands dirty then a worm farm will keep them entertained for hours and it’s a great way for you to use your vegetable peelings. Again, you can use most types of container (an old ice cream tub, a glass jar or polystyrene or show boxes) but they need to have drainage holes at the bottom and allow air in at the top. Using layers of soil, then sand, and repeating until it’s two thirds full pour in your potato peelings or any other veg peelings you have (you can use overripe fruit and tea leaves as well). Add some leaves and a few twigs from the garden and cover, then go hunting for some worms! Once you have some, add them to your worm farm and cover with something that will make it dark (a piece of cardboard or a dark tea towel will work) but remember to keep the air holes free. It needs a cool dark place outside and a little water every day. Your children will have plenty of fun checking back to see what the worms are up to and if you create it in a clear container, they’ll be able to see the worms squiggling and burrowing under the soil too. We can’t quite believe it, but it’s time for the summer holidays. Six long weeks for children to enjoy and for you to nd things for them to do! And what better way to keep them entertained than with some summer holiday gardening fun? ings are getting more and more expensive, so we’ve come up with a list of fun- lled gardening activities that you can do with your children that won’t cost the earth. Paint plant pots If you want a really simple gardening activity that’s also a lot of fun, grab your old plant pots and give them a face li . You could opt for bright, bold colours to give your garden a splash of vibrancy or you could get arty and paint them in geometric patterns, leaves and words using stencils or freestyle and paint them with wildlife pictures or anything you fancy really. Make a fairy or dinosaur garden You can use anything you can nd that will hold some soil for a fairy or dinosaur garden – barrels, old plant pots, tubs, buckets or a tree stump – whatever you can nd. Fill your container with soil and choose some cheap bedding plants or herbs – you can choose whatever you want here. Next, grab some coloured stones (medium to small is best) to create paths for your fairies or dinosaurs. If you’ve got any large rocks lying around these make great hiding places for your dinosaurs, so you can pop them in close to the plants. Some people get creative and create miniature ponds using blue stones or you could create a volcano and use red stones (with the help of a bit of glue) coming down the side of a large rock and into the container. Whatever you choose to do, you can use all sorts of items from around the garden and home to create miniature features. You could make small chairs from matchsticks or twigs, rockery areas using small stones Here’s a few more ideas to help keep things a ordable and fun this summer holiday: • Stone painting • Chalk paving painting • Create a miniature sand pit • Make bird seed cakes • Make a bee hotel • Organise a treasure hunt Wishing you a fun- lled summer holidays from e Crown Garden & Landscapes Team! A er a 3 year break due to COVID-19, Black eld Horticultural and Cra Show will be taking place on Saturday 13th August at the Jubilee Hall in Fawley due to a double booking at the Royal British Legion. If you would like to enter the show which has classes for Fruit and Vegetables, Flowers and Plants, Floral Art, cookery, Photography, Handicra s and lots of children’s classes - all are very welcome and if anyone wants to come and help or be on the committee, they would be very welcome. e show has been going since 1983 and has lots of cups or trophies that you can win you can pick up a schedule in your local shops or message Dawn on 07825 908428. e schedules have been already been printed with e Royal British Legion as the venue, so please note the new venue of the Jubilee Hall in Fawley. HORTICULTURAL SHOW IN FAWLEY

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