Gardening at St George's
Date: 28th Apr 2022 @ 3:42pm
There are 6 raised beds and three low beds with mint, bay and other herbs we will be planting in April once the herb seedlings are ready to plant out. The class gardening ambassadors sowed beans, onions, garlic, courgettes, cucumbers, brussel sprouts and peppers last Thursday.
This year we will be providing a potato grow bag, giant sunflower seeds and a mini propagator for each class, and some challenges: which class produces:
- the first ripe tomato, the reddest tomatoes, the most tomatoes;
- the biggest potato, the most potatoes, the funniest shaped potato;
- the first sunflower to bloom, the tallest sunflower, the sunflower with the biggest diameter head.
Each class will sow tomato seeds in the mini propagators on Thursday 17th March. The propagators can sit on each classroom windowsill to germinate and downstairs in Mr Rojas’ office over the Easter break so they are cared for as the seedlings grow.
The chitted potato will be planted into the bags on Thursday 31st March by the class gardening ambassadors. Both veg should have true leaves showing when the children come back to school, ready for the next full school session on Thursday 21st April.
Towards the end of April, the tomatoes and herbs will be ready to plant out into the beds.
Lettuce and radish will grow quickly so if we plant the seeds directly outside at the end of April they should be ready to eat at end of May or early June.
Strawberries, courgettes and tomatoes should start appearing on the plants in June and there will be some ripe enough to eat in July before you break up for the summer holiday.
Carrots, potatoes, beans, onions and garlic should be ready to harvest in September/October
We’d love the children to keep diaries of the growth with drawings and observations of the seedlings and plants as they grow