Simple gardening club ideas

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Running a gardening club is a great way to kick start gardening in schools – it can be done even without a garden! Use these 10 simple ideas for each term to help you begin.

  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s):

Autumn term

  1. Apple tasting, pumpkin hollowing
  2. Seed collecting - make your own seed packet and seed box
  3. Sow hardy annuals, cornflowers, marigolds and sweet peas
  4. Herbs – division and semi-ripe cuttings
  5. Plant bulbs in pots
  6. Bug hotels or bird feeders
  7. Make a plastic bottle composter
  8. Sow or plant garlic and onions, broad beans in pots
  9. Willow stars and hard wood cuttings
  10. Make Christmas wreaths and decorations.

Spring term

  1. Build a light box for windowsill growing
  2. Sow micro greens, salad and other early veg 
  3. Chit potatoes – experiment with warmth/light/dark – bring back to school for planting in containers or plant at home if no space at school.
  4. Make a pea propagator out of 2 litre bottles cut in half and sow sugar snap peas
  5. Sow sunflowers in pots to take home – plant at home or return to plant in school
  6. Herbs - learn to prick out parsley seedlings and other herbs, root cuttings of mint, and make a herb collection
  7. Design a garden on a plate
  8. Make labels or measuring sticks
  9. Keep a garden journal or diary
  10. Make slug pubs or slug guards from 2 litre bottles

Summer term

  1. Sow pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers and herbs
  2. Make a mini scarecrow
  3. Make pizza pots, plant up a container with tomato, basil and chives
  4. Make a wormery – do a soil feely test
  5. Go bug hunting – learn about bugs, pest patrol and beneficial insects
  6. Make a flower posy or a scented bouquet for a loved one
  7. Make a watering device and learn how to water.
  8. Take easy soft wood cuttings
  9. Make a nectar bar container – plant up flowers that bees love
  10. Make dyes from plants
 

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