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


Week 34: Garden envy
May 22, 2009, 1:32 pm
Filed under: Planting
Raised be at the Out of Town Centre

Raised beds at the Out of Town Centre

Apologies for the lack of post last week. I was in the New Forest with our year 5 children staying on a farm for the week. They have an amazing garden and the children were expected to help out in it. I did have serious garden envy but they do have full time gardeners and lots of volunteers.

Thanks to Imogen and Amanda who got our new fruit trees planted at the front of the school – pear and plum.

We had a visitor with us again this week, Lucy – a parent governor from Brookfield – a local school. She was keen to get ideas about how we work as she runs a club with her Nursery and Reception children. We both agreed that parent volunteers are the way forward!

Today’s jobs included watering (pumpkins have appeared – hooray!) weeding, wheelbarrow driving lessons (!) to move our compost as well as re-potting the Year 1 tomatoes to go outside.

A walk round with the children showed that the second batch of carrots seem to be doing well, the chard are on the up, broad beans are soon to be ready although we have got blackfly AGAIN (any tips for avoiding it?) and a quick peek in a pea pod showed the cutest little peas growing!

We even had time for a bit of maths – 3/15 courgettes germinated so we discussed whether this was a good ratio!

Teeny Tiny Peas!

Teeny Tiny Peas!



Week 32: Moving on…
May 8, 2009, 4:09 pm
Filed under: Planting
Tomatoes from inside to out

Tomatoes from inside to out

I have to say – we do seem to be very organised this year as we don’t have a huge amount to do at the moment – usually this time of year is really busy. I am putting it down to getting everything in so early in time for the summer holidays. Several visitors to the school over the last week (both of whom have allotments) have commented on how well our tomatoes and potatoes are doing.

Anyway, on to today. Time to move the tallest tomatoes (which were starting to droop) into the greenhouse. Most of our Gardeners Delight went in along with some of the Golden Sunrise. The rest can stay on the window sill for a couple more weeks.

Vince joined us today and planted out the lettuces that Allan planted a few weeks back. They are doing really well and went into the salad bed.

I am a bit worried that there is nothing from our pumpkins yet – there is always some disaster that befalls them (last year being picked off by curious young children!) so I have my fingers firmly crossed that this will be our year!

Lettuce out too

Lettuce out too



Week 31: Carrot Gloom
May 6, 2009, 9:10 pm
Filed under: Planting
Where are they?

Where are they?

We have been keeping an eye on that carrot bed. While everything else in the garden got going – there was no real sign of life in bed number 1 – apart from plenty of weeds. We decided to see what was what and gave it a careful weed. That revealed a grand total of 3 carrots! It was clear action was needed so we replanted the bed to try and see if was the location (it is slightly shadier than the other beds) or the seeds. Fingers crossed this time.

Elsewhere, watering was the order of the day – runner beans, cucumbers, lettuce and herb pots all doing well in the greenhouse but very thirsty – as were the outdoor beds because of the lack of rain. With our water butts squeezed of their last drops – we had to default to tap water today.

Then that was pretty much it as I was on my own this week. Everyone else had other commitments but it really does show how invaluable all the volunteers are to the club. For anyone thinking of starting their own gardening club, I would say that getting other people on board is one of the most important things to do at the start as our club really couldn’t run without the help of the parents and volunteers.

 A proper drenching

A proper drenching