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 onions and broad beans in pots
  9. Take hard wood cuttings
  10. Make willow stars and twiggy reindeers

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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