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Hi everyone
I know each discussion topics I write on here I get great feedback posts
Thank you
Here's another I am hoping you can help me with.

I've just started volunteering at a local nursery School working in a small garden area.
The only person there
The area is surrounded by car tyres filled with soil I've just cleared all the rubbish out
and cleaned the soil up.
I have an assortment of bulbs and corns to put in the tyres within the next few Months.
There are some buddleia shrubs which I have pruned but not a lot else..

Due to health and safety reasons I'm not allowed to plant vegetables in the tyres.

Any suggestions in what to fill some of the tyres with.
Ive already paid out myself about 100 pounds on the bulbs I begged and borrowed some small plants.

should I look at buying some wild flower seeds or small cheap seeds like nasturgeons 
or similar plant them in good fertile soil in the tyres and pray they germinate

or should I consider something else

I'm hoping some Parents might come forward with some plants I can use but I'm not 
counting on it.

I was thinking of splitting the Buddleias and a few lavenders in the garden.

Any other advise would be appreciated



  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053
    Is the area intended to be educational? If so, I would opt for seeds such as Sweet Peas and Sunflowers. Very cheap to do, fast growing and fascinating for the children.
    SW Scotland
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,859
    I think Nasturtiums in those tyres would be nice if there’s about 3tyres on top of each other. You can just put the seeds straight in there and they’ll tumble over the sides. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,568
    For cheap colour, hardy annuals - godetia, poached egg plant, love-in-a-mist etc.
    If you're getting the kiddies to help out, things with big seeds that they'll be able to handle easily - sunflowers, nasturtiums, marigolds (calendula), lavatera, probably loads of others that I haven't thought of. Runner beans have bright flowers and will produce more (and no beans) if you deadhead them, and the children might enjoy growing "beanstalks".
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Andy19Andy19 Posts: 671
    Hi Copperfield I can send you packets of wild flower seeds and sunflower seeds save you buying them. If you want them just send me your address in a pm.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,052
    Another vote here for nasturtiums 🌞 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks Andy
    That's very kind of you
    I will pm you my address.
    And thank you to the other post responses 
  • Andy19Andy19 Posts: 671
    Your welcome am the village school janitor and we run a gardening club so know how you feel. Head teacher has me in class each spring talking and showing kids how to sow seeds they then take home.  It's primary one to four gardening club for P 5,6 and 7 kids love it as much as I do.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,098
    Why no veg? I helped at my last school and it was all veg, fruit,  even toms. Surely flowers are more likely to cause problems as they could be ingested or cause skin reactions.🤔
  • Andy19Andy19 Posts: 671
    There is a veg patch as well done tomatoes with one class from seed to take home. After the October week one mum came up to me and her son would not eat veg till he started the gardening club. He now has his own veg patch at home and spends loads of time in the garden that made my day.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,098
    That's lovely @Andy19 it does make your day when the kids take great delight in picking the toms or take the veg inside and prepare and try it. Many were trying something they had never had a chance to before. I had a group of three who watered every day, and got very cross if another teacher had got someone else to do it.🙂
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