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Successful growing despite the weather

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

The wettest drought in my living memory hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm from our schoolchildren taking the 2012 Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey.

Our primary and secondary pupils have been desperately trying to produce flowers, fruit and vegetables good enough for the RHS Chelsea Flower show exhibits, despite the horrendous weather.

Four Swannes School
The pupils from Four Swannes School, Waltham Cross, with their potato crops


Jane Hartley and I recently visited seven schools in the Cheshunt and Waltham Cross area of Hertfordshire to see for ourselves how Gerbera plants and vegetable crops were progressing. Encouragement from Aylett Nurseries staff and growing guru Peter Maiden have ensured plants in these schools have been given plenty of TLC. Miracle-Gro composts have provided ideal growing conditions for roots and stems.

Those plants positioned in warm, protected spots - like these potatoes at Four Swannes School, Waltham Cross - have done well.


Churchfield Primary
Pupils and staff from Churchfield Primary School, Cheshunt Wash, with their ‘unique’ Gerbera!

And this Gerbera Garvinea grown by pupils of Churchfield Primary, Cheshunt Wash, was showing one of the only flower buds we spotted all day long. The Gerberas were grown from plugs delivered in February and growing them to bud stage in 10 weeks has been a battle against cool, wet and dull weather. Well done Churchfield!


With less than 10 days to go before RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens on 21st May to Her Majesty The Queen, the press and all the celebs, we’ll be hoping for some much better weather and lots of warmth and sunshine.


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