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Caroline Begley

Whether you have acres or a small balcony, it's the right time of year to sow some seeds and grow-your-own. It's a great way for kids to gain an understanding of where their food comes from (apart from the supermarket) and maybe even nurture a love of gardening. It's really easy too and importantly, you don't need to look far for the ingredients.

You will need....

*a loo roll & newspaper or yogurt pot (make sure you pop a few little holes in the bottom)

*a handful of compost

*bean seeds 

*canes and string


There are several varieties of beans to choose from and you can buy seeds from gardening centres and even most supermarkets.

1. If you are using a loo roll, screw up some newspaper and place at one end to act as a stopper. If you are using  yogurt pot make sure you punch some holes in the base.

2 Fill the container 3/4 way with compost, pressing it down gently.

3. Water the compost so it is moist, but not soaked

4. Make a little hole with your finger in the compost and put in the bean seed/s, then cover with more compost and pat down gently.

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5. Place in a container and place on a warm window sill, keeping it moist but being careful not to over water

6. Your seedling should appear within 7-10 days. Once big enough you can them re-pot outside. Use the cane and string to keep the plant upright

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Please send us any pictures of the veg you grow over the Summer and any dishes you make with them!