We have a group of 11 budding gardeners aged from 5 to 10 years and we meet on a Wednesday straight after our lunch.
Our aim is to learn about gardening and healthy eating so that we can take this knowledge back and share with our friends and families.
We have joined the RHS School Gardening campaign and are already close to achieving the Level 1 Award. We have been busy weeding, digging and tidying the garden and the children have made a list of what they would like to grow and are busy drawing plans to show where they want to plant everything.
We have written to local garden centres hoping for donations of seeds, herbs, plants and compost. If you have any of these items going spare, please do send them into school as all donations will be gratefully received.
February: Weeded and dug all three vegetable patches. Planned what we want to grow. Planted a herb garden including Rosemary, Spearmint and Curry Plant.
Awarded our RHS Level 1 Certificate.
March: Planted red and white onions, potatoes and radishes. Planted stones to decorate our garden with and made windmills to keep the pigeons away.
April: Planted carrot, broccoli and brussel sprout seeds. Harvested rhubarb and tasted it dipped in sugar, roasted, made into a crumble and rhubarb fool!
Awarded our RHS Level 2 Certificate
May: Erected bird feeders and identification posters
Planted French Marigolds, Petunia plants and Gladioli bulbs. Erected and named our two scarecrows.
Last week we have harvested, French beans, new potatoes, rhubarb and raspberries.
Mrs Potter has used the new potatoes with her Lets Get Cooking Club to make potato salad.
Last Friday Maja, Mia, Daisy & Isabelle have given one of our school Governor’s a tour of the garden, explaining about planting, composting and attracting wildlife to the garden.
How can you help?
We are always grateful to receive any donations of seeds, herbs, plants, bulbs and compost or even garden tools and equipment. If you have any of these items going spare, please do send them into school, as all donations will be gratefully received.
East Midlands Gardening show being held at Newstead Abbey
We are entering a competition to grow a garden in a wheelbarrow at the East Midlands Gardening show being held at Newstead Abbey.
The theme for our wheelbarrow garden is Bug Friendly. We have designed and made a garden that we think offers the bugs at our school 5 star accommodation! We have named all our bug accommodation after well know people from Nottingham and places in Nottingham. Jake Bugs Hide Out, Robin Hoods Retreat, Lord Byron’s Bee Hotel. We have had great fun planting and building our garden.
The winner of the school barrow comp sponsored by landmark was South Wilford Primary school.
RHS Chelsea Flower show medal winners Alan Gardener, Sean Murray and Andy Tudbury were the judges who all commented on how good the standard of the barrows were so a huge well done to all the schools that took part.