Backyard Grow Your Own Dinner Project
Jo Watts is a childminder in Nottingham. She cares for pre-school and older children, and lives in a typical city home with a backyard. She is very interested in helping the children to get involved in growing but without a large garden and only a paved area to work with, she needed to get a bit creative.
In 2008 she applied to a small grant scheme run by her local Early Years Unit with her idea called "Grow Your Own Dinner". The application was successful and she had a small pot of money to get started.
With her own older children, help from family and input from her minded children, she got to work and constructed some raised beds around the edges of her yard, leaving plenty of trundle space for other outdoor play, but providing some great growing spaces.
Over the year, the children helped Jo to grow a range of fun crops, to harvest them and to prepare some meals for themselves using the crops.
Jo and the children also made a small pond to encourage beneficial insects into the garden. More information about this can be found at:
Jo had a novel way of getting the children to harvest their container grown potatoes, there is more information here:
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