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Meet the enthusiastic, and very young, Lord Street Primary School Gardeners!

June 25th, 2015 | Garden Diaries | 0 Comments

Lord Street Primary School Gardeners

 

These have to be the youngest school gardeners we’ve had the pleasure to meet.  Introducing Mrs Maxwell’s nursery class, these mini gardeners are only 3 years old!  They all attend Lord Street Primary School in Horwich.

Mrs Maxwell and Joe their trusty gardener have worked so hard to put their wall baskets and troughs together which were donated by Horwich in Bloom and were so thankful to Mr Fothergills for their huge bundle of seeds.  Mrs Maxwell said, “It’s been amazing to watch the children learning to sow, water and care for them, thank you so much Mr Fothergills!”

If you think about it, sometimes handling tiny seeds is tough enough for full sized gardeners, let alone those who are only 3 years old. But that’s the thing about gardening with children. They are learning so much in one lesson.  Things like hand-eye coordination and how to hold something carefully and gently are little life lessons which are so important to youngsters. Then at the end of it they watch nature unfurl in front of their eyes like magic!

Mrs Maxwell commented, “One of our boys asks every morning when he arrives if he can water the plants!  So it just shows you how getting our children gardening early teaches them how to care for another living thing.”

Let’s hope these mini-gardeners carry on enjoying nature and the world around them and good luck for Horwich in Bloom!

 

Mr Fothergill’s have supplied Lord Street Primary School with all the seeds they need to produce a really beautiful school garden this year as part of Horwich in Bloom.  The blog posts are written by Vicki Robinson, who writes for the Bury Times and the Bolton News and is involved in Horwich In Bloom for 2015.

Chorley New Road Primary School Gardening Club is borne out of a love of knitting!

June 24th, 2015 | Garden Diaries | 0 Comments

Chorley New Road Primary School Gardening Club

This gardening club at Chorley New Road Primary School started off as a knitting club who then swapped needles for trowels and set to work making a whole new front garden for the school.  Every Tuesday they now meet up to do a spot of weeding and planting, and these kids certainly know what they are doing!

We asked them if they had some advice for us grown ups to which they replied, “don’t forget to water”, which I’m sure you’ll agree is something we are all guilty of from time to time.

Miss Burrows the Headteacher was beaming with pride and thanks for the kind donation of seeds from Mr Fothergills and the Hanging Baskets and Troughs from Horwich in Bloom.  “The Kids have worked so hard, they are even working on making the school badge in flowers with a little bird house to represent our clock tower, I’m really proud of them and with thanks to Mr Fothergills, I’m sure we will win Horwich in Bloom 2015, we are going to win everything!” It was so great to hear the enthusiasm from not only the children but all the staff too.

It hasn’t been a bed of roses though.  Perils of young seedlings being accidentally trampled by the nursery children were a hot topic, the memory of this disaster still fresh in the young gardeners’ minds.  Gardening in schools isn’t easy but when you have a fab team of keen gardeners like these, the teachers can definitely sit back and smell the roses!

Mr Fothergill’s have supplied Chorley New Road Primary School with all the seeds they need to produce a really beautiful school garden this year as part of Horwich in Bloom.  The blog posts are written by Vicki Robinson, who writes for the Bury Times and the Bolton News and is involved in Horwich In Bloom for 2015.

Chorley New Road Primary School Gardening Club members pictured: Tanith Lewis, Sophie Garrity, Emily Leake, Katrina Bremners, Serafim Johnson, Sasha Harwood and Head Teacher Miss Burrows.

Sowing seeds in the sunshine at the Woolaston Primary School Garden

May 21st, 2015 | Garden Diaries | 0 Comments

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On a bright sunny day at the end of April, three Mums helped Woolaston Primary’s reception class gardeners get a big batch of seeds sown.  The group set up three planting stations, so each child could have a go at peas, salad crops and flowers.

Planting up sweet peasThe pea sowing was so popular that the children filled a whole raised bed with them. Freshly popped peas are bound to be a favourite when it comes to harvest time, so the children were left to this task.   A random collection of old window boxes, upcycled fruit punnets and battered flowerpots did quite nicely for everything else.

Groups that finished early were able to get a few extra jobs done.  The group sowed a couple of lines of leeks at the end of the already established broad bean bed, and the children sowed calendula down the sides to add some colour.   Others did a spot of weeding and watering or potted on the earlier sown tomato plants that now needed more growing space.  The tomatoes have been grown in coir cells – which makes it nice and easy for the children to handle when potting up, a top tip for other school garden clubs if they are reading!

Fast forward to three weeks on from this mammoth sowing session, and there is now life in the garden!

Lots and lots of peas, carrots, beetroot and radishes are pushing up shoots, but the salad leaf and flower seeds aren’t doing much at the moment. Perhaps these were sown a bit early in the season, but the group haven’t given up hope yet.

Tomato plants growing wellThe broad beans and sweet peas sown back in February and March are growing at a rapid pace.

The sweet peas have been developing well since sowing and have been hardening off in a sheltered spot.   This week the children planted them out in a raised bed of their own with plenty of sticks and string to scramble up.  Fingers crossed the children will be all set to enter Mr Fothergill’s sweet pea competition in July with lots of lovely blooms.

Half term is just around the corner.  The class is looking forward to seeing how much everything has grown when they get back!

 

 

Sown in this session were:

 

Planting out sweet peas

Mr Fothergill’s have supplied Woolaston Primary School with all the seeds they need to produce a really productive school garden this year.  The Woolaston Primary School gardening blog posts are written by school parent Mary Hamblyn.  She also blogs at www.brookendcottagegarden.com  

Green-fingered reception class gets growing

February 26th, 2015 | Garden Diaries, The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 1 Comment

Woolaston Primary School Garden Club

Discovery Class pupils at Woolaston Primary School in Gloucestershire have wellies and watering cans at the ready.  They’re all set for a school garden adventure!

The four and five year olds got a taste for gardening in the autumn when they planted bulbs with teacher Mrs Price. Excitement has been mounting ever since the first green spears broke the soil in December. Now the snowdrops are in full bloom and the daffs aren’t far off.  The children are hooked: they can’t wait to get sowing and growing this spring.

We’ve been working with Mr Fothergill’s to decide the best flowers and vegetables to grow in the school garden. The biggest challenge is choosing varieties that will be ready before the summer holidays at the end of July.

Flowers

Sweet peas  were at the top of our flower list, closely followed by Cosmos and Calendula. As well as being prolific flowerers, these three have nice big seeds that will be easy for reception pupils to handle.

We’ve got a packet of Candytuft seeds which should offer a low-maintenance way to brighten up the classroom’s outdoor area. And we hope to transform a weedy patch by the tyre trail into a nature garden with an RSPB Flower seed mix

Veggies

Carrots were a must – the Discovery Class eats them at snack time several times a week. We went for a round variety that can be grown in containers outside the classroom. Perhaps we’ll team them up with the Candytuft.

Peas had to feature too. Eaten fresh from the pod, they’re a sure-fire way to get our young gardeners fixed on growing their own for life.

We’ve also got Broad Beans, Garlic, lots of salad leaves and some cheerful multi-coloured varieties of Radish and Beetroot.  Tomatoes might be tricky, but we’re going to give them a go. The variety we chose is Sub-Arctic Plenty – its fruit can set in cold weather, so even if we have a chilly start to summer a few may ripen before the end of July.

Lastly, we decided to throw in some Leeks . They won’t be ready until the autumn, but maybe the class can make some leek soup to share with the incoming reception pupils. With a bit of luck we’ll get them hooked on gardening too.

Next steps

Getting an early start is essential to ensure we have lots of flowers and veg before the summer holidays. We’re going to sow as much as we can in March and early April – but tender crops and some flowers will have to wait until after the Easter holidays.

Keep in touch over the next few months to see what we’re up to, the challenges we face and what we learn along the way. Share your gardening experiences and tips too – we’d love to hear them!

Here’s the full list of what we’re growing, all carefully selected for early flowering and cropping:

 

Mr Fothergill’s have supplied Woolaston Primary School with all the seeds they need to produce a really productive school garden this year.  The Woolaston Primary School gardening blog posts are written by school parent Mary Hamblyn.  She also blogs at www.brookendcottagegarden.com  

Mud, mud, glorious mud for the Incredible Edible Ilfracombe pre-school garden club

February 26th, 2015 | Garden Diaries, The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Incredible Edible Ilfracombe pre-school garden club site

Launched back in January and meeting fortnightly, the Incredible Edible Ilfracombe pre-school club is proving to be a fun and hands-on experience for families wishing to start/learn more about growing our own food together.

Making seedbombs in Ilfracombe

With half-term on our hands and the first opportunity to involve older siblings and friends, a great tutorial on making seed bombs popped up on Twitter;

  • 1 part mixed salad seed
  • 1 part compost to 5 parts sticky clay consistency soil

What a great idea, a spot of cheeky food sharing throughout town and a hands on muddy activity for the kids to really get involved with.

So, the first task chosen, we just had to decide on what to fill our seed bombs with, and we chose Radish Patricia, Spring Onion – Lilia, and American Land Cress.

Unfortunately, the morning of our meeting brought rain, and a lot of it.  Parts of the garden were looking more like an episode of Peppa Pig with muddy puddles everywhere.

Reluctant to postpone, the polytunnel became a make-shift shelter so the planned activities could continue with hope the weather would ease.  Local artist Francesca Owen helped to create to the seed bomb gloopy mixture whilst eager parents and the younger children were paper pot making, seed sowing and labelling up Globe Artichoke and Asparagus Ariane seed for our newly constructed permanent raised beds.

Thankfully the rains eased enough for a brave few to get outside and plant some Sarpo Mira main crop potatoes. Dug straight into the ground which had previously been prepared with a ‘lasagne’ technique of layered cardboard and manure.

The children squealed with delight when numerous wiggly worms were found and holes were haphazardly dug out for burying the potatoes within. We chose to not chit our potatoes, with the jury out on should we/shouldn’t we – it was felt best to take the opportunity and to just get them into the ground.

As the rains returned, we all retreated to the shed for well earned pancakes and hot cocoa with the promise of spring and outdoor picnics to look forward to.

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Mr Fothergill’s have supplied the Incredible Edible pre-school garden club with all the seeds they need to produce a really productive school garden this year.  The Incredible Edible pre-school gardening blog posts are written by parent Lindsay Derbyshire who also co-ordinates Incredible Edible Ilfracombe.  Find out more about Incredible Edible on their Facebook page