This is a very simple cress growing activity, enabling children to see the pattern of growth in seedlings directly. A whole set of science investigations for you to do, based around the school grounds and garden. This simple propagator may be made out of two old plastic bottles, but it provides a useful growing system for your seedlings. Create your own 'portable pond' for your Science Club, and investigate the ecology you can find there. Growing potatoes is easily possible in the classroom or a tub in the school yard, and opens up a huge range of potential areas for discussion and investigation. If your school Gardening Club is looking for a project to be proud of, why not have a go at making handing baskets, perhaps with the children's own cuttings of fuschia and geraniums? More supermarket science - use those large discarded plastic soft drinks bottles and turn them into a compost column and see what happens to waste materials during the composting process. Protecting Brassica Plants Grow Your Own Magazine Home Competitions Forums Subscribe Growing Blog Fresh News Growing Guides Latest Issue Newsletter Awards Forum Navigation Register Help Remember Me? Join Date Feb 2009 Location Crawley, West Sussex Posts 334 Protecting Brassica Plants I was just lying in bed thinking this morning about how to protect my Brassicas from Cabbage White Butterflies as I usually buy lots of blue MDPE Pipe and make hoops before putting a net over top however I find I need to take it all off to weed and peg it all back down again.


Join Date Mar 2007 Location Derbyshire Posts 13,899 Blog Entries10 Mark I added poles to the ends of my pipe to make a tall cage then to open it I un-peg the top and one side, it seems to work out fine for me.
Join Date Feb 2009 Location Crawley, West Sussex Posts 334 Originally Posted by Bren In Pots Mark I added poles to the ends of my pipe to make a tall cage then to open it I un-peg the top and one side, it seems to work out fine for me. Join Date Mar 2007 Location Derbyshire Posts 13,899 Blog Entries10 Mark my pipes around 2inch thick underground electrical conduit and its just pushed then screwed onto brush handles.
Join Date Mar 2013 Location Durham Posts 184 Or use some wood with holes drilled the diameter of the pipe to make a base and then some bits of cane as legs that get pushed into the soil.
Join Date May 2007 Location Suffolk Posts 4,173 Would it be heresy to put mulching fabric down to stop the weeds? You may not post new threads You may not post replies You may not post attachments You may not edit your posts BB code is On Smilies are On [IMG] code is On HTML code is Off Trackbacks are On Pingbacks are On Refbacks are On Forum Rules -- GYOV4-- GYOV4-dev2 Contact Us Grow Your Own Magazine Archive Top All times are GMT. Are you aiming for very tall sprouts then Shaun In general I think the cages need to be at least 3ft high to cover the brassicas to full height ( maybe more for brussels?) , as the butterflies are around nearly all year, and then the pigeons take over! The result of this activity will be a living graph, showing how the height of the cress seedlings is directly related to the number of days of growing time.
It was then I thought if only the hoops were bigger, and thought what about buying a polytunnel frame and putting a net over that?


Posts 20,004 Hi Mark, I cobbled this one together with blue pipe & debris netting, just make sure the metal tubes are well hammered into the ground. Posts 20,004 Originally Posted by Kristen (I replace my Scaffolders Debris netting, for Cabbage White protection, with bird netting in winter to stop the Pigeons eating them - but allow any snowfall to go straight through as its weight collapses fine-mesh debris netting, poles and plants ) That's a good point Kristen, I used to turn my small cages upside down in the winter to avoid snow collapse.
I knocked some bits of wood in at the corners and threaded some washing line between them to secure the net to. I find this netting works fine at keeping the cabbage whites off; and its cheaper than the debris netting. The mesh is about 1cm square and should stop cabbage whites, pigeons and other birdsIn the Winter it can be rolled up and stored. If you need protection from pigeons in the Winter then a larger, more substantial cage could be made.



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