After-schools gardening club

In the local primary school, we have started an after-schools gardening club as part of the school’s biodiversity green-school project.

With over 40 (about a third of the school) children attending it takes a bit of organising, but thankfully other parents have come on board to help out. It is wonderful to see the kids get so enthusiastic about not only gardening, but also making the school more wildlife friendly.

Our first task was to make some bird boxes, which have subsequently gone up in the hedgerow which surrounds the school.

There are a couple of existing flower beds which were weeded and planted with some primulas to brighten them up. Daffodils were already present. The kids have since set seeds of other flowers and these will be planted out in the coming weeks.

There is one quite small raised bed from a previous attempt to grow vegetables. The first part of this has been filled with compost and planted with onions, beetroot, radishes, peas and lettuce. People have been very generous and donated seeds, pots, tools and compost. The kids are keen to grow pumpkins so last week we started of some pumpkin seeds. They have also planted up strawberry plants into a large pot which the kids have to keep watered and hopefully they will be rewarded with some strawberries before the summer holidays come.

We’ve also planted a selection of apple trees. The soil at the site is poor and water-logged but we hope that over the years the trees will produce some apples that the kids will be able to harvest. We’d also like to incorporate some other soft fruit bushes like raspberries and currants. It’s very much a work in progress. But even if we can inspire just a couple of children to become avid gardens I will feel rewarded.

 

 

 

 

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25 thoughts on “After-schools gardening club

  1. DeniseBalog

    Love, love this post! Adults taking the time and care to spend time with children, and doing what?! Playing in the dirt!! Oh the joy that must fill the air!!! Your after school lesson is one I am sure they will remember and practice forevermore!! Lovely!!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you Denise for your kind words – there has indeed been a buzz about the school the afternoons we do the club and many parents have told me the kids really look forward to it, which is heart-warming:)

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  2. Julie

    This must be so satisfying for you and great fun for the children taking part, its easy to see why you have so many youngsters coming to the club. 20 years ago, (I cant believe I just wrote that!) I was involved with a gardening club at our children’s primary school and we went on to build a school garden, I look back on that time now with some really happy memories. I remember we were able to secure a few grants for tools and more expensive items, have you got funding?

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thanks for tips Julie. We have got a small amount of funding from the local council but I will be looking for more. Some of the local businesses have given us free composts and seeds which has been really useful:)

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  3. Eliza Waters

    Good for you! I love programs like this, I think it is great to catch ’em young. πŸ™‚ One year I worked with 5 year olds every Friday afternoon. What a wild experience that was! It made me realize that gardeners are more likely born than tutored – lol! Like you, I hoped that I got through to at least a few.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I think you are right Eliza some kids are just born with it. As a child my sister was always the gardener and went on to study horticulture; so it was really only as an adult that the garden bug bit me though it was always there in the background.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      The amazing that was that not one kid banged their finger!Learning to use tools properly means kids can use these things safely without injuring themselves.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I think if you give them a taste of it when they are young it is something that will stick with them (hopefully).

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