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Shoebox Garden Challenge

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Hi Folks 🙂

Would you like to create a mini garden in a box?

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to make one.


One Seed Forward Competition

One Seed Forward are offering a £20 gardening token for the best shoebox garden – read about how to enter here:

  • You can make a rock garden, bee-friendly herb garden, sensory garden – the only rule is it has to have 1 edible plant.
  • You have to be under 16 to enter.
  • All entries have to be in by Sunday 28th June 2020.
  • A photo of your garden has to go up on their facebook page here:      or email your picture to:

Let’s make a garden



Below are step-by-step ideas to help you along

Make a plan

Here’s a wee video to help you:

Here is the created plan:

1c Shoebox garden plan

Find a box

3 My box

I had to cut off the lid of the box


Make the box bonny

5 Covered in bonny paper

If you want, you can measure the box and work out how much paper you will need

Make the box waterproof

7 Plastic bag in

Make sure the plastic is covering the sides of the box too!


Add mud

9 Fill up the box

Fill the box with mud up to about 3cm below the top

A pond

11 A wee stock pot - perfect!

I found a stock pot container – it’s just right!


Now for some plants

13 Speedwell - dug up with roots

Here’s a wee plant I’ve dug up, called Speedwell. I made sure I dug up the roots, otherwise it can’t grow


Add water


Add a baby tree



Add the tree to the garden

18 Put tree in the mud and water it

I made sure I dug the seedling up with its roots and now I’m giving it water

Add a fence

Use wee sticks to make a fence, then put string or wool round the posts for the wire

Add a stone path

A stone for a seat

Add some greenery with carrot tops


Add the green and blue

Fill in the gaps


Find a wee plant or seeds to grow

One Seed Forward might provide if you email 🙂


I found a wee mint plant


Finished – let’s watch it grow


I’d love to see some of your gardens, if you’d like to send pictures to my facebook page 🙂



Author: graceeyetoheart

My work springs from my love of nature and supporting others to touch, discover and be in the outdoors. This work often intermingles with my love of story, music and song.

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