Despite the rain, or perhaps because of it, the winter so far has been extremely mild and seeds and plants are growing well. Most schools have been busy through the winter getting their plants under way. Here is some seed sowing activity from Chaucer Junior School, Ilkeston ready to germinate seeds of the pin cushion flower (Scabiosa ) and admiring at the same time some useful Miracle-Gro compost and plant foods.
Also pictured is a tray of Californian Poppy seedlings growing well in the greenhouse of Charlton Manor Primary School in Greenwich. Well done to all pupils for their continued support of our Chelsea Challenge.
We would like to feature more pictures of school growing activity and all those happy, smiling faces, so please send them in to [email protected].
Some special seeds from the James Wong range of Homegrown vegetables have been sent to secondary schools, so they can show to the visitors some unusual food crops. Among the range selected by Suttons Seeds are ones that will crop early on in the year. These include Rat’s Tail radish, Chop Suey Greens, Callaloo, a decorative plant that has a taste of broccoli and spinach and Japanese Beefsteak plant, a colourful giant nettle that has a flavour that lives up to it’s name.
Plans are well afoot for distribution of plug plants to all secondary schools and to some of our 80 primaries that have registered this year. As soon as the plugs are big enough to transport easily they will be on their way from our helpful partners at Thompson & Morgan. Remember the final date for submission of pictures of props you are willing to create should be in to [email protected] by the end of the month. Deadline for entries is 28 February 2014.
Worth noting are some of the other important dates to remember which are now posted on the top right of the opening schools page.