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  • 101 Things For Kids To Do Outside

    Dawn Isaac on 28 Mar 2014 at 08:44 PM

    This has been quite a momentous week.  Not just because we now know who is in the semi final for The Great British Sewing Bee (poor David - so near and yet so far) but also because my new book was officially published.

    It is borne of years of persuading my kids to join me in the garden. And no, it's not just about gardening (although you know me - I've managed to slip in everything from home brewed plant tonics and edible flowers, to mini rockeries and pumpkin autographs).  This is because I think we can't sell pure gardening to kids before we've sold them on something bigger - being outside


  • Look! Pretty flowers! It must be a blog post all about pretty flowers...

    Dawn Isaac on 25 Mar 2014 at 07:53 PM

    See what I did there?  That's right, I lured you in with a pretty picture of flowers when really what I want to talk about is MULCH!  But, you know, it doesn't look that pretty - or sound particularly attractive - hence the subterfuge.

    However as unappealing as it may sound, mulch is quite simply the most important element of a successful family garden


  • Christmas trees: the makeover

    Dawn Isaac on 13 Mar 2014 at 04:03 PM


    Three years ago I bought a potted Christmas tree.  It had a price tag that made me audibly suck in air and quickly calculate how many bottles of wine could be purchased for the same amount (a perfectly reasonable exchange rate mechanism to my mind).  However, it was Christmas, and I really wanted the tree, so I bought it anyway


  • February gardening… in March

    Dawn Isaac on 03 Mar 2014 at 03:00 PM

    Pesky February - it's only gone and finished already, which makes my blog posts for that month a rather unimpressive... one.  In my defence I really have done gardening - even some with the kids - I just never quite got round to mentioning it here.

    Thankfully, I have some evidence to back me up.