What shall we grow?

Activity

A planning activity to choose vegetables to grow in the school garden. Learn what vegetables can be grown in the different seasons and during the school year.

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): English, Maths, Art&DT

Learning objectives

  • Express opinion on vegetable preferences
  • Learn times of year when to grow different crops
  • Decide collectively what to grow
  • Produce a month by month crop planner

Preparation

Ask the children to think about the vegetables they like to eat. Ask them to bring in recipes books or magazines from home that may have pictures of these vegetables.
Print out Vegetable Spotter Sheets, Calendar template and RHS Crop Planner.

Equipment needed

  • RHS Vegetable crop planner 
  • Vegetable photos, such as RHS Vegetable Spotter Sheets, seed packets, seed catalogues, gardening and cookery magazines
  • Access to internet
  • Paper and pens

Step by step

  1. Make a list of all the vegetables you like to eat.
  2. Look at pictures of different vegetables as a prompt, or bring in examples of different vegetables and taste them.
  3. You could ask the pupils to vote for their favourite by giving them sticky post-it notes (maybe 3 per pupil) and counting up the votes. Point out less obvious vegetables that are needed for recipes for example onions and garlic.
  4. Can we actually grow these vegetables? Check on the RHS Vegetable Crop Planner to see if they can be sown and harvested in the time and season available.
  5. Decide as a class which vegetables to grow. Up to 4 different vegetables for a class is a good guide, but this can depend on the space available.
  6. Design a growing calendar for each of the vegetables. Plan month by month when to sow them and when they will be ready to harvest. 

Hints & tips

  • For an extension activity pupils could look into their favourite recipes and find out when to plant and harvest the ingredients.
  • Use this activity as part of Grow Your Own Lunch class growing topic

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