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Schools Growing Challenge is up and running

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

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Good news! School gardening activity is shortly to be under way as seeds and briefing notes have been sent out to all the schools that registered by the end of September.

With thanks to our friends at Thompson & Morgan we have sent out packets of autumn-sown broad beans called ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ and brightly coloured swiss chard called ‘Bright Lights’.

We sent these out with a full briefing on the ‘More Healthy Food’ theme that will be our main thrust for our Chelsea 2015 growing and exhibiting plan. Click this link to download our Schools Growing Initiative 2015 again.

If you haven’t registered yet and would like to start growing this autumn, then please complete the form now. We can then send you out some seeds for immediate sowing.

A new compost additive and Miracle-Gro plant foods are being despatched to schools in the next couple of weeks, so there are new resources in your learning journey.  This additive is a new product being launched this year, called Miracle-Gro Magic Start – when added to garden soil it makes a fabulous growing compost.

broad bean seedlings in Landscove DevonDespite Jane and I working throughout the summer, showing designs and creating themes for the RHS Shows department, we have yet to be invited to submit our plans or to select a site. That’s not all bad news though, as none of the other Chelsea exhibitors in the Discovery area have heard either.

All we do know is that the Discovery area is going to move within the Great Pavilion and the stands available are not going to be as big as our previous years. With that in mind we are keeping our fingers crossed we can fit in our productive food garden and a reasonable sized laboratory to show off the schools’ growing results.


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