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Growing the next generation - RHS campaign for School Gardening

Gardening in schools can play an important role in improving health and wellbeing, boosting skills and development, teaching young people where their food comes from and providing them with insights into the fascinating workings of the world around us. The RHS Campaign for School Gardening supports schools and groups to provide children with gardening opportunities. It’s free and easy to register and all new members receive a welcome pack containing seeds, plant labels, posters and advice on how to get started in the garden.

Posted on Wednesday 13th March 2019

Throughout the year, the RHS run competitions and projects designed to get young people growing. Whether it’s their secondary school garden design challenge, a giant pumpkin competition or a nationwide soup share, they provide resources to open children’s minds to the power of plants and enable them to make positive changes for themselves, the people around them and the planet.

Growing the next generation

Month by Month guide to an edible school garden

Growing the next generation - RHS campaign for School Gardening

Use this simple guide to plan what to do in the spring term.

January

Growing the next generation - RHS campaign for School Gardening

Sow/plant: Mustard, cress, parsley (indoors)

Harvest: Leeks, lettuce

Other jobs: Prepare soil outdoors and add compost if weather is favourable. Keep over-wintering crops protected from frost. Cut autumn raspberry canes to the ground. Choose crops for the year ahead and order seeds.

February

Growing the next generation - RHS campaign for School Gardening

Sow/plant: Broad beans, peas, radish. Chit potatoes

Harvest: Leeks, lettuce

Other jobs: Prepare soil outdoors and add compost if weather is favourable. Use fleece or plastic to warm soil ahead of sowing seeds. Cut autumn raspberry canes to the ground. Plant bare-rooted fruit trees and bushes.

March

Growing the next generation - RHS campaign for School Gardening

Sow/plant: Garlic and onions, broad beans, leeks, peas, radish, spinach, lettuce, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes

Harvest: Salads (if protected), leeks, chard

Other jobs: If conditions allow, dig in compost (if added previously).

April

Growing the next generation - RHS campaign for School Gardening

Sow/plant: Peas, radish, spinach, chard, lettuce, other salads, carrots, main-crop potatoes, leeks, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, French beans

Harvest: Salad, spinach, leeks

Other jobs: Prepare seed beds for sowing. Mulch around plants with compost. Put in supports for climbing beans and peas. Grow carrots under fleece to protect from carrot fly.

Growing the next generation - RHS campaign for School Gardening

View the school garden resources and equipment range here

RHS School gardeners of the year 2019 – Competition!

Do you know a young person, teacher, volunteer or young gardening team that is passionate about plants? Nominate them for an award and the chance to win a host of prizes including:

  • A greenhouse or patio glasshouse from Hartley Botanic
  • A visit from TV gardener Frances Tophill
  • Garden tools and seeds
  • Up to £500 for your school or group!

Visit the RHS website for details and to nominate a green-fingered hero by Wednesday 24 April 2019.

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