sunflowers

Let's Get Growing

Post in Community Groups & Events by Morven MacDonald
Spring flowers are so beautiful, giving us all hope of good times to come. We have a small growing kit for families and any other Garve & District residents

The Sun is Out! Let's get Growing!

Let's see what our community is capable of and bring back the colour to this beautiful district, lifting our community spirits after such a tough winter. 
 
Join in this inter-generational activity. Click HERE and leave your contact details to receive your growing kit delivered to your doorstep with a smile and a wave. Any families new to the district, please get in touch to ensure we get your kit to you.
 
Included in your kit: Seed tray, compost for seed tray, selection of seeds, some bulbs, bird food and some interesting information on enjoying the outdoors and nature.
 
This is a fantastic activity to share with family members, a nice thing to do in the Easter holidays,  great for learning about science, nature and caring for other living things. It gives us all a warm glow to see our plants and flowers flourish and bloom after nurturing them and of course encourages us to get outdoors. This activity can be down indoors or out to suit your circumstances. Let's really make the most of this Spring and Summer and enjoy it all.
 
We will be offering prizes for the tallest sunflower and the biggest sunflower, petal to petal! Joining in with the competition is optional. It will be lots of fun following the progress of the sunflowers and who will win 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes of £40, £30 and £20 respectively plus some bulbs to plant in September for next Spring.
 
Who knows what it may lead to. Perhaps some new green fingered growers in the district!
 
We are looking forward to seeing photos of the progress of the seedlings to share with the community as we move through Spring and Summer.
 
Final date for sunflower measurements is 31st August 2021 and awards to follow.
 
Thank you to Yvonne Boa, Community Engagement and Development Officer (CEDO) for connecting us with Green Health, Think Health Think Nature who have funded the Green Health Growing Kits and  the Community Sport Hub project (HLH & Sportscotland) for putting them together. Thanks also to Lochluichart Community Trust for funding the delivery and facilitation of this initiative in Garve & District.
 
If you would like to learn more about connecting with the outdoors and nature have a look at the Think Health, Think Nature website Here
 
 
 

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Morven MacDonald said:

I am so delighted with the interest in the growing kits and sunflower competition. Some of you will have received your kit on Tuesday and the remainder will be delivered on Friday or Tuesday. Can't wait to see your photos of all your sunflowers in the community.

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Morven MacDonald said:

Update - the remaining growing kits will now be delivered on Friday in time for Easter. We have had a fantastic response and all kits are now allocated to all children in the district and all the adults that requested one. If you would like some sunflower seeds to take part in the competition get in touch.

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Morven MacDonald said:

Thank goodness Sunflower seeds have restocked! I have a few more growing kits available now if anyone else in the district would like one?

Use the contact button in the post or email me directly and I will get it to you ASAP.

I am so pleased with the great response and how keen everyone in the community is to get growing and take part. It has been so nice to meet so many of you, albeit distanced. Things are getting better. I can't wait to see some planting photos and how your lovingly, nurtured seedlings progress. 

Enjoy!

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Sue Tarr said:

The thought of lots of sunflowers flowering around Garve & District is something to look forward to this morning as there is a blizzard outside! Thanks Morven for being able to hunt down more sunflower seeds.

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Morven MacDonald said:

Yes, the hail stones hitting off my window don't make you feel like going outdoors to plant or even feel like it is spring some days ...

However, the good news is they can be played indoors in the pots or seed trays in the grow kit until the weather improves. One resident mentioned cutting a clear plastic bottle in half and removing the top. Then putting it over any seedlings outdoor to create it's own little greenhouse!

Perhaps we need a new post for top tips and photos from everyone on getting started? 

Do all send us some photos of your seed tray position, planting, any little shoots that start coming through. We would love to see them.

Sunshine must be coming again soon and it will be wonderful to see lots of beautiful sunflowers around the district. 

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