Little Green Fingers……….Gospel Oak school’s gardening club


Week 24: Peas and Carrots
February 27, 2009, 4:50 pm
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perfectly straight lines for our peas

perfectly straight lines for our peas

What a beautiful day! For the first time in ages it was actually nice to be outside and we even had our coats off by the end of the session. Sometimes in the middle of winter when it is cold and wet, gardening club doesn’t seem like fun but today there were plenty of smiling faces.

So, onto the tasks for today. With March only two days away, we decided to get going with some of our March sowing. We did a bed of peas (Avola) using the handle of a broom to get our perfectly straight lines! We also did a bed of carrots (Amsterdam Forcing) These were on seed tape to help us get them straight!

Next week, our daffodils and hyacinths are being judged by the London Children’s Flower Society so we went for a quick check in the greenhouse. Squeals all round as we discovered our daffodils in full bloom! We put them out in the winter sunshine, hoping that they will last until next week.

Amanda with the carrots

Amanda with the carrots



Week 23: Winter Salad
February 13, 2009, 2:20 pm
Filed under: Cooking
mixed salad leaves......

mixed salad leaves......

Right the way back in week 6, we planted our free mixed salad leaves that were sent to us by Morrisons as part of their Let’s Grow scheme. They have been in the (unheated) greenhouse since then with the children carefully watering them each week and watching their progress. Despite the cold weather, they have done really well and we decided that this was the week to pick them.

Although we had to cheat with shop bought cucumbers and tomatoes (until our own are ready later in the year) we made the most delicious salads. All the children gave them a try and although not everyone liked all of the leaves (too spicy!) everyone could pick their favourite.

We also planted our peppers (Cayenne, Chilli Apache) today and put them inside on the windowsill with the tomatoes.

Half term next week then it will feel like we are inching ever closer to getting really stuck in to our planting.

...mixed salad!

...mixed salad!



Week 22: Snow stops play
February 6, 2009, 1:51 pm
Filed under: Planting
First signs of life

First signs of life

A cold, wet and snowy lunchtime means that gardening club was cancelled today. Most of the beds are still covered in snow and the prospect of being outside was not appealing so we decided to give it a miss.

We don’t have any urgent jobs to do – the planting of our peppers can wait until next week anyway.

However, our tomatoes, snug inside in the warm have started germinating. In true primary science experiment style, the ones closest to the radiator are off before the ones further away from it so they will need switching round but great to see the first signs of life.