Our Flower Patch

Inspiring a new generation of growers


Leave a comment

Welcome to National Gardening Week

NGW-white-background-jpeg

It’s the fourth annual National Gardening Week. Championed by the RHS, it is the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups get involved in events and activities up and down the country and you can too.

On their website there is a long list of suggestions for activities you can do to get outside improving your garden for yourself, for wildlife and for the good of the environment in general. Many of these are happening in schools where gardening is now part of the curriculum – like our own Our Flower Patch member schools.

We know how much benefit children can receive from a regular dose of fresh air, getting their hands dirty and nurturing crops….. and this week is the perfect time to reflect on how getting outside, working together and tuning into the increased light levels can affect learning in general – for pupils AND teachers.

An interesting article recently in The Guardian reflected on the ways in which teachers can channel the increased levels of energy and curiosity which naturally occur in Spring as light levels increase and there is a feeling of growth and renewal. Our Flower Patch members have been working outside throughout the winter on a number of projects. Evidence suggests that even 15 minutes spent outside increases feelings of well-being. Why not take advantage of the better weather to set this in motion by joining the hundreds of schools where pupils are working together on gardening projects? Or the ranks of families turning over a small patch to growing flowers.

The RHS has a schools programme with plenty of suggestions for how to get started in the school garden and it’s not too late to join us too, either to grow at school or at home. We provide week by week activities which are linked to the new National Curriculum and are fun to do and easy to follow, even for teachers, TAs or parents who have no knowledge of gardening. Growing cut flowers requires less in the way of quality soil and time than vegetable growing and there is never any shortage of customers to buy your flowers or do some holiday maintenance in return for a bunch of flowers to take home, in our experience.

So why not make National Gardening Week the week when you and your children start growing cut flowers? Start here.

cornflowers sweetpeas ammi grown in schools ourflowerpatch.co.uk

A posy that can be grown by Our Flower Patch pupils.


Leave a comment

Growing for Gold (from March 6th)

Sunflower with bees at Our Flower Patch

A cheery Sunflower busy with bees at Our Flower Patch.

Glorious sunflowers! What could be better? Free sunflower seeds? Well yes… that would be good! The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are giving away free packs of mixed sunflower seeds to celebrate 50 years of Britain in Bloom. Seeds are available on a first-come first-served basis. To qualify you must be registered for one of the following

 

  • Bloom (all Bloom groups can apply for seeds – regional and national)
  • It’s Your Neighbourhood
  • RHS Affiliated Societies
  • RHS Campaign for School Gardening

and complete an online form before 26th March 2014. For more details see here.

 

Our members will receive calendula and eschscholzia seeds as part of their starter packs of seeds when they join Our Flower Patch. These are amongst other golden or yellow plants recommended as perfect for pollinators in the list produced to help celebrate the golden anniversary.