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Buyers guide to... Early years and primary school gardening essentials

 

Early years and primary school gardening essentials

Gardening with children is great fun. They love the anticipation of seeds germinating into beautiful flowers, delicious fruit and vegetables and bee-attracting plants. Teach children how to care for plants and what they need to grow by rolling up the sleeves and getting stuck in. Whether you've only got a shady garden path or a little decking - we've got everything you need here to plant a few seeds and grow your own at home.

Give children their own veg patch

Encourage children to grow their own food so they find out exactly where it comes from. You don't need a massive garden or allotment to let them get involved - buy a brightly coloured square veg patch! The sense of responsibility children will get from these planting beds will be incredibly motivating, as they'll know that this square of earth is entirely theirs. And it's best for your garden, as you don't need to dig anything up for them to get started! The square foot gardens are perfect for tiny gardens, patios or balconies. And because they're made out of recycled plastic and old computers, they're not only bright and tough, they also tell the valuable story of recycling.

Attract butterflies to the garden

Butterflies are intriguingly beautiful and fascinating creatures. Did you know that many butterflies can taste with their feet? And there are up to 24,000 varieties? Fill your garden with colourful butterflies so children can admire their delicate beauty. They can be surprisingly tame and perfech quite happily on clothes or hair, giving an opportunity to see them closer. Our butterfly and moth habitat feeder provides a home for these interesting insects. The feed tray has an ultra-violet paint only visible to butterflies, which encourages them to come closer.

Kids Seed Box

If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce Children into gardening and growing their own food, our seed boxes could be just the things you’re looking for. Our seed box includes Cress, Sweetcorn, Pumpkin and sunflower seeds, all exciting vegetables and flowers to grow. Who can grow the biggest pumpkin or the tallest Sunflower? Lots of fun ways to encourage children to take part in and get them excited about gardening. The seed pack comes with an illustrated instruction guide and a pencil to take notes so they can track the growth of their seeds. Why not pop one of these boxes in a stocking this Christmas, we can even gift wrap it and have it delivered in an Eden Project jute bag with a personalised message.

Bug Box Insect Habitat

This bug box insect habitat is a great way to teach children the importance of bugs and insects. Made from Solid Timber it provides a shelter and home for ladybirds, bees and lacewings over winter until spring arrives. It’s estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination and bees accomplish most of this what better way to help pollination in you garden and let children observe whilst this is all taking place. It also provides insulation to keep ladybirds nice and cosy over those cold winter months. Why not purchase some of Eden’s Wildflower Seed Bombs and help encourage more bees and bugs into your garden too.

Ladybird house

This ladybird house provides the perfect shelter for Ladybirds over the winter months. Made out of Silver Birch you can place this miniature house anywhere in your garden providing a safe environment for up to 100 ladybirds to hibernate, breed and eat. They don’t just look good; ladybirds can do wonders for your garden by eating up 80 greenfly’s a day saving your plants from being eaten alive. Another great way to teach children the importance of bugs and insects and encouraging them to look after nature.

Seedbombs

If you’re struggling to make time to brighten up your garden our Eden seedbombs are the just the thing you’ve been looking for. Working closely with suppliers the Eden team have come up with 5 seedbombs to bring colour to your garden in the easiest way possible. Made from completely recycled products and handmade in the UK, simply charge the bomb by soaking it in water, pick your spot of garden that’s in need of some TLC and simply let it grow. We have 5 bombs to choose from including Cornflower, Sunflower a Pollinator Beebomb and more. An exciting way to encourage children into the wonders of Gardening. At under £5 these small bombs make great alternative stocking fillers, or if for a gift for someone why not choose a selection or all 5 have them gift wrapped and placed in an Eden Project Jute bag.