Grandparent Gardening Week Hints and Tips

As spring returns Grandparent Gardening Week is the perfect time to kick start your school or nursery garden, and to engage grandparents, carers and the wider community (including local allotment holders) to provide support, advice and guidance on gardening. Here are some hints and tips to make your event a success.

Planning for Grandparent Gardening Week

There are a lot of vegetables that can be sown in March so if you are thinking about planting crops in Grandparent’s Gardening Week then it’s important to plan ahead to make sure you have everything you need in advance.

Here are some easy to grow fruit and veg which can be sown in March:

  • Carrots
  • Beetroot
  • Leeks
  • Kale
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onion
  • Onions and garlic
  • Strawberries
  • Rhubarb 

It’s also important to make sure that you’ve got enough gardening equipment and tools to share around if you plan on undertaking some big activities. It may be a good idea to reach out to any local partners that you have or other interested organisations to see if they are interested in donating any equipment to your school or nursery. Or – ask grandparents to bring along some of their own to use at the event.

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Garden Organic growing resources

If you are enrolled on the Food for Life Awards Package there are plenty of expert growing resources available in your school portal, from how to plan your garden, through to seasonal planting guides and growing-related games and activities. This includes a pack of Garden Organic growing cards, with all the information you need to grow over 100 fruits and vegetables. 

Click on the pictures below to download your free sample.

Broad bean growing card   Broad bean growing card

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Thanking your guests

One of everyone’s favourite parts of Grandparents Gardening Week is the chance to enjoy a well-earned cup of tea and a chat after the all the hard work. Why not get children involved in preparing a meal or some snacks which they can serve to participating Grandparents? 

Here are some easy to make recipes that we think will go down a treat – a warming soup is always welcome after some hard graft in the garden!

Butternut and Thyme Scones 

Butternut and Thyme Scones

 Basic Vegetable Soup  Vegetable Soup
 Bread Rolls  Bread Rolls
 Apple Galettes  Apple Galettes

Each VegTrug is delivered flat packed in one box, is easy to assemble and comes with a pu
Each VegTrug is delivered flat packed in one box, is easy to assemble and comes with a pu
Each VegTrug is delivered flat packed in one box, is easy to assemble and comes with a pu
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"Growing activity increased self-esteem and confidence, especially in pupils who didn’t flourish in other aspects of school life."Cree Report (2011, p.35)

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