We recently received an email from Georgina asking for advice on setting up her school garden. This is something we are often asked about so we though you might find it useful too. Here is her question along with our advice…
I am just starting a gardening club at my primary school. Do you have any tips/advise? It will be during the school day so it can be available to as many children as possible. Just ironing out running eg. which year group etc.
Hi Georgina Many thanks for your enquiry. It sounds like you have an exciting project on your hands.
Our advice would be to start fairly simply. Using raised beds saves lots of effort fighting weeds and digging over heavy soil. For a good selection of easy-to-assemble options take a look here.
Also don’t forget you can grow lots of vegetables, salads and flowers in containers and on windowsills – more ideas on the options available can be found by following this link.
If the school garden is going to be used through the school day you can think creatively about how gardening can be linked into the national curriculum. Take a look here for ideas on how to do that.
We have written lots of information on setting up a school garden here with useful links to getting started including articles on gardening in raised beds, composting and lots more.
Best of luck with your plans and do let us know how you get along.
From Charlotte and the Gardening With Children Team