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Ravishing Radish DIY for Kids Growing radish in 25 days

Posted on: February 16th, 2021 by Shahnee Stockigt No Comments
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With Easter just around the corner, get the kids excited and outdoors with this DIY Ravishing Radish growing project. Did you know? Radishes are ready to harvest in only 25 days! Making them the perfect hiding spot for those secret treats and treasure quests. Radishes are also loaded with fabulous vits and mins. When transformed into candy radish apples, they become the perfectly disguised veggie sweetie.

 

Planting Radishes
  • Prepare a loose, nutrient-rich soil bed for the babies in a sunny spot. Veggie compost is available at your GCA Garden Centre, where you can also purchase radish seeds.
  • Sow the seeds directly into your beds by popping a seed on your finger, then gently pressing it down into the soil about half a cm deep. Cover the small holes by sprinkling soil over the top.
  • Water lightly once sowed and continue to water daily. Make sure your soil doesn’t dry out completely, but doesn’t stay muddy either.
  • After just 3 weeks, you can check the progress of your radishes by unearthing some of the top soil to see the gorgeous bulb.

Top tip: Pull younger radishes for crisp roots and a milder flavour. After 20 days, pull one out and test it for yourself. Radishes left in the ground too long will be very hot and pithy in taste.

Grow radish in 25 days
Growing radish in 25 days
Growing radish in 25 days
Growing radish in 25 days

Candy Radish Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 12 washed and dried radishes
  • 12 long skewer sticks
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • Half a cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 cup of water
  • Half a teaspoon of red food colouring
  • A sheet of baking paper

 

Method:

  • Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring it to a boil and cook the mixture until it reaches 150°C (the hard crack stage).
  • Remove the candy mixture from the heat and carefully stir in the red food colouring.
  • One by one, dip the radishes into the candy mixture, swirling to coat them thoroughly and allowing any excess to drip back into the pan.
  • Transfer the coated apples to the baking sheet and allow to cool until the candy has fully hardened.

*Top tip: Pick young radishes for a mild zing that will complement the sweet candy coating nicely. Small radishes can also be made into sweet-zesty candied lollies on a stick.

Candied Radish Recipe

Enjoy sowing ravishing radishes, reinventing the candy apple, and Easter treasure hunts in the garden! Radishes are a great snack for the Easter Bunny and make super hiding spots for chocolate eggs. This DIY is a great opportunity to show kids that having green fingers is cool and sweet. Pulling their own radishes from the ground offers an exciting reward to the young gardener, who will certainly be telling the family that THEY did it all on their own – how awesome!

Put the hop-petti-hop back in your garden this Easter DIY Rustic Bunny

Posted on: March 20th, 2020 by Shahnee Stockigt No Comments

Easter is on its way! Even though the holiday has different meanings to different people, most still decorate with bunnies and eggs. Get into the festive Easter spirit with our gorgeous rustic bunny. It’s also a great project to keep little fingers busy outdoors while enjoying our beautiful Autumn weather.

What you will need

  • Log or 8 x log slices of various sizes
  • A chain saw, or hand saw if you have not purchased sliced logs or disks
  • Drill and screws
  • Wood glue

 Log slices required

  • 2 big disks for the body
  • 1 medium sized disk for the head
  • 2 long ovals slices for the ears
  • 2 small ovals/circles for the feet
  • 1 small disk for the tail

You can buy pre-cut log slices at your local GCA Garden Centre or take the family for an adventure in your garden to salvage a fallen branch.

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How to assemble your Rustic Bunny
Step 1
  • Start by drilling two holes into the bunny’s body to attach the feet to each disk
  • Apply wood glue around the holes, leave to dry for a few minutes
  • Then tighten the screws to secure the bunny’s feet to the body
Step 2
  • For this next step, choose one side of the mounted body and foot wooden structured
  • Add the small disk as the tail to one of the bunny’s body and a medium disk for its head
  • Repeat the process by drilling two holes for each body part, apply the wood glue and drill in the screws.
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Life_is_a_garden_rustic_bunny
Step 3
  • Stand your bunny’s body upright to see if it balances on its feet. Join the second side of the bunny’s body at the base of the head, by drilling 2 holes, securing with glue and tightening the screws.
Step 4
  • Lastly drill holes and fasten the ears and voila, you have a DIY Rustic Easter Bunny ready for your Easter-themed garden.
  • Encourage your family to decorate your bunny by adding bows, googly eyes or even paint a cute little face.
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Life_is_a_garden_rustic_bunny

Put the hop-petti hop back into your garden this Easter and show us how your bunny turned out by sharing a photo onto our Facebook or Instagram page and tag us #lifeisagarden – we’d love to see your creation! For more gardening DIY projects, click here.