Natural soap – a “handy” thing!
Welcome to my virtual garden of ideas…growing more than green fingers
This section contains lots of gardening related activities. I want to demonstrate that any teacher or parent or play worker can provide simple gardening opportunities for children. Please browse and enjoy 🙂
I’m not a professional gardener and my own garden is one big experiment. If I can garden, then any teacher can. If a plant or structure survives in my garden, then it probably will do alright in a school garden too as I do specialise in ones which cope with benign neglect.
Gardening probably covers more experiences and outcomes than any other activity in schools. The trick is to spend time planning how a class of 33 children can get the hands on experience needed. Start small, be prepared to experiment and put a gardening calendar in place to ensure the basic jobs are done when needed.
Remember that gardens link to many projects. For example, a Victorian garden can have heritage vegetables. A Dig for Victory garden brings alive this practical aspect of coping during the Second World War.
By gardening organically and re-using and recycling as much as possible, you can ensure children have opportunities to learn about sustainable living in a practical, hands on way.
Gardening, Wildlife and Biodiversity
Clare Revera’s guest post
A willow museum and other activities based upon willow
Advice and information about biodiversity gardening with young children
The ins and outs of making compost
Squirrel proof bird feeders
Some thoughts about the play and learning value of these items
Some thoughts, ideas and examples
My mini pond is growing!
My love affair with herbs
Using trees for shade and shelter
Have a look at this West Coast example
Top tips from RSPB Officer, Claire Marsden
A natural alternative to traditional hangers and bird feeders with curriculum ideas included. A must read.
Specific School Grounds Garden Projects
Former professional wildlife gardener turned RSPB Officer, Ella McLellan, gives some useful advice and food for thought about wildlife gardens in schools
Reflections on flowers and the humble crocus
A super play garden made from wooden palettes!
A reflection upon creating meditative landscapes
A super context for fantasy small-world play outside. It’s been an ongoing project in Westpark nursery.
Short, Simple Gardening-related Activities
Big or small, you can now press your favourite plants easily and quickly.
Start collecting seeds in these DIY packets. Create a seed exchange with local schools.
A simple way of making packets to collect and store seeds. Brilliant!
An amazing indoor experience!
Riverbank Primary School’s garden trug show! Before long they could rival Chelsea Flower Show!
Using a natural soap for hand washing – easy to grow and use.
Playful Garden Projects
Don’t chuck it out – old trees can be used as mulch, to cover muddy ground and much more.
A spot of guerrilla gardening!
Repurposing a garden object
Minibeast Garden Projects
The old-fashioned log pile is an essential feature in any school ground or outdoor space and great for biodiversity.
Exploring a variety of man-made minibeast dwellings. Upcycle, recycle, be artistic and creative and enjoy seeing the wildlife move in.
A selection of very simple and doable ideas for making your grounds more welcoming for our little creatures.
Advice for establishing a wormery
Various Gardening Posts
Dawn Isaac’s brilliant book – full of outdoor and gardening related activities.
One pansy. One play. One photo. One act of homophobic or transphobic abuse is quietly acknowledged. Please support this guerrilla gardening arts project by Paul Harfleet.
Celebrating a new garden in style
A way to develop a life long interest in gardening!
An adult learning project leads the way for practical and enterprising approaches to gardening that schools can use for ideas and inspiration
The answer is likely to be “yes” and everyone is just fine