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

Week 41. The end!
July 15, 2009, 10:01 am
Filed under: Planting
collecting our prize from the Mayor

collecting our prize from the Mayor

As the school year comes to an end, our last session was all about finishing off. We brought our tomatoes out of the greenhouse to try and survive the summer outside. Very healthy looking pepper plants were given to the children to take home and onions and potatoes were shared out amongst everyone too.

The beds are full of pumpkins, runner beans, carrots and cauliflower – all having to copeĀ  with 4 weeks outside so fingers crossed that there is a bit of rain.

Then, a lovely end to the club. On Monday we were invited to Camden Town Hall for the annual Camden in Bloom competition as we had won a prize. We didn’t know what it was or in what category so I sat with 3 gardening club members, quite nervously to see. We were delighted to win ‘Best Variety and Quality in Food Growing’ and we were presented with a trophy and certificate from the mayor of Camden. A great way to finish.

However, the final word must be for Anne – her son leaves school this year and so her involvement comes to an end. As one of the original three – I just want to thank her here for her hard work and dedication to the club. Without her, we certainly wouldn’t be doing what we are doing now.

See you next year!

some of the proud winners

some of the proud winners


Week 39: Last allotment visit
July 10, 2009, 4:04 pm
Filed under: Allotment | Tags:
Pumpkin envy!

Pumpkin envy!

A Wednesday visit to the allotment for us this time. All of a sudden the end of term is fast approaching and we wanted to squeeze in one last visit for the club this year.

During our talk about the rules up at the allotment, I asked the children to make sure they asked lots of questions (they sometimes have a tendency to be a bit quiet.) Poor Allan! He was bombarded from the second we got up there! Even if most of them were about why there were various objects on sticks all over the site!

We went over to the Observer site and the children were delighted to see the resident fox put in an appearance. Then, time for a close inspection. I was really pleased that they could identify so much. We were all very impressed by how much they have in such a small space.

After our last visit, the children were all ready for another round of nasturtium eating! We tried the peas too – I have to admit – plumper than ours!

Then of course – despite the glorious sunshine of earlier, the rain started. Have we ever managed a visit where it didn’t?

All too soon, time to head back to school. Howard and Allan said bye to the gardening club of this year but we will be up there again in September with our new crop!

Peas all round

Peas all round

Week 38: Fruit picking
July 6, 2009, 2:02 pm
Filed under: Various
In the strawberry fields

In the strawberry fields

Apologies for the blogging gap. As with any school at this time of year, things get so frantic it can be difficult to find the time to get anything done!

Although there was no club last week, we did manage to do a fruit and vegetable related activity! We took the children fruit picking, to Hewitts Farm in Orpington in Kent.

We went with the intention of picking strawberries for our annual International Evening, as well as some other bits and pieces.

When we got there, we found that the strawberries we a bit thin on the ground (due to the lack of rain) but the raspberries were plentiful!

It was such a beautiful day that we really enjoyed being outside. By the end of our time, we had a haul of strawberries, raspberries, beetroot, spinach and blackcurrants.

As well as things for the school – the children all collected for themselves. We were amazed at how cheap everything was.

The next day, everyone agreed that the things they had made (mainly smoothies) tasted much better for it being fresh and hand picked.

With our beetroot haul

With our beetroot haul