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Planning for spring 1
Get set for spring by collecting ideas for what you'd like to grow. Find tips on using magazine cut outs, drawings and written lists.

During cold, wet days what could be better than to grab a hot drink and sit back, relax, and write all of your ideas down on paper to plan ahead for spring?

Even if you don’t have much space, you could perhaps choose something to grow in a window box, container or hanging basket. If you are feeling really creative, you could even maybe have a go at designing your own dream garden or outdoor space.

The possibilities are endless, and you can let your imagination run wild - from thinking about a tasty cherry tomato you could grow in a hanging basket, trying to grow the tallest sunflower on your plot to sitting and relaxing on a sunny patio looking at your well cared for lawn and flowers. No garden is too far to reach in your mind!

Look below at how to snip your way to an easy paper garden and create a beautiful flower collage that has everything. Here is how to get started on an easy paper garden collage of your own.

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Depending on how you'd like to plan your garden, you may need:

  • Seed catalogues or garden magazines (most companies will send catalogues out for free)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Colouring pencils, pens, crayons
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Plot plan - (we use these at Thrive centres and it is optional for this activity)

You can begin by looking through the garden magazines, catalogues or websites of your choice and decide which plants you want to add to your garden plan. Think about the plants you like, about the care different plants require, the budget you have to purchase seeds and plants and any other materials you might need.

Also look at the growing conditions for each plant and the position of where you will be growing. You might want to consider any changes to make the green space easier for you to look after. This might include making it higher or even creating corner seats to sit on.

Other considerations include:

  • Would you like to grow plants that engage your senses?
  • Would you like to grow plants to eat?
  • Would you like to add an ornament like a gnome or windmill this year?
  • Would you like a variety of colour?
  • Would you like to attract wildlife such as bees and butterflies?
  • Consider how tall and wide your plants may grow

If you'd like to try making a visual aid or collage to inspire you, follow the steps below!

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Step 1

Gather some garden magazines or catalogues that are yours to use

Step 2

When you find the plants and images you like, carefully use your scissors to snip the pictures out. Place all the pictures safely in a pile.

Step 3

Once you are happy with your collection, gather up your clippings and decide how you would like to plan your garden.

You can simply display the pictures on your paper, or you can divide your piece of paper into sections first, creating an area for all the different elements you want to include in the green space or area you plan to grow.

This will help you to get an idea of how everything will look before you glue it down. If required you can move them around, to see how they will fit, and decide which ones are your favourite.

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Step 4

Carefully apply some glue to the back of the clippings and start gluing them to your paper plan. Press and hold until secure.

Step 5

You can now use pens, crayons or coloured pencils to add other features or if you were unable to find all the pictures you wanted; you might like to have a go at drawing them in yourself and be creative!

Step 6

Make a list of all the plants and features you have included. This will help you identify the plants, and you could even add some notes about the growing conditions they might require and the size they are likely to grow to.

Once you have completed your garden collage you might like to display it somewhere at home. You can admire your garden plan and enjoy it all season long, and hopefully gradually see it come to life in your own garden or community garden space.

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