What a treat to get out of the office to meet some enthusiastic young gardeners.
Last week, Jane and I visited a couple of schools that are growing vegetables in containers especially for the Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
In the early morning we met 8 enthusiastic growers from Heatherside Junior School, Fleet, Hampshire. My thanks to Lauren, Katie, Meisje, Megan, Zoe, Jude, Alex and Danny who made us so welcome. They are successfully growing some tasty spinach thanks to help from Louise Shapley, despite attacks from naughty squirrels that have broken into the garden club greenhouse. The girls tell me they just love the taste of salads, while the boys just love to get their hands dirty. Typical!
Then it was on to Gillingham, Kent, to meet Tia and Jamie, pupils of Brompton-Westwood Primary School who are growing cabbages and cucumbers for the same show. They are ably guided by Miss Coppin and Assistant Head Teacher, Sue Mason. The Sun’s gardening guru, Peter Seabrook, dropped in to give some useful advice on getting the cucumbers growing fast and showing how to fit a dozen cabbage plants into one Vegetable Planter.
Find out more about the Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011.