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


Week 38: Fruit picking
July 6, 2009, 2:02 pm
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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. http://www.hewittsfarm.co.uk/

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

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Week 35: Full of beans!
June 8, 2009, 8:17 am
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broad beans

broad beans

Bean were the order of the day today. Our first batch of broad beans were ready and duly sent up to our Head teacher’s office (his favourite vegetable!)

Then we had our runner beans to plant out from the greenhouse. The children enjoyed creating the wigwams for them to climb up.

Our peas were looking good too – we couldn’t resist picking a few pods and eating them! The children were amazed at how good they tasted – even the ‘I don’t like peas’ children enjoyed them!

Other jobs included planting out the last of our tomatoes, replanting a few pumpkins and of course, weeding and watering.

Cooking with peas for next week’s session – any suggestions!?

runner beans

runner beans



Week 21: Chitting Potatoes
January 30, 2009, 3:06 pm
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Setting out the potatoes

Setting out the potatoes

Careful pronunciation needed this week as Amanda and I talked to the children about how to chit potatoes!

We have loads of seed potatoes, Rocket, Maris Bard and Premiere as the year 1 classes are going to be growing them as well.

The children were amazed at the size of the seeds, having trouble understanding that they weren’t actually potatoes. A few pictures helped them to understand the process of growing them and we talked about the need for them to be kept in the dark.

Then we got busy setting them out in trays – some of them sprouting already, and put them into a coolish lightish place till they are ready.



Week 18: Too cold!
January 15, 2009, 3:19 pm
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Seed Packets

Seed Packets

Last Friday at gardening club and it was just too cold to be outside. A quick check in the garden and we could see that our broad beans were starting to come up and our onions were showing signs of life. In the greenhouse, the salad is still going strong (ready to eat soon) and the daffodils and hyacinths are off! That was enough though! Inside for everyone – into the warm where we finished off our seed packets that we started before Christmas.

We had each chosen our favourite vegetable and designed a seed packet based on the original – we made them really bright and colourful and the older children included planting instructions.

We think some look better than the originals!