At the end of 2017 Gardening Club had a stall at the Christmas Fete we sold lots of our homemade crafts and raised just over £50. This will go to buying more compost and equipment for the future. Thank you for your continued support.

Just before the Christmas holidays Garry and Mrs Hardy worked very hard in building our new green house we were all so excited to be able to grow more plants from seeds. Sadly the greenhouse was never completely built before the visit from storm Doris, she left the green house in several pieces and unable to be fixed ūüôĀ

We will not be beaten we continues to clear the area to make space for a replacement of some kind

The children worked very hard to remove all the wire used in the chicken coop.

more exciting news and photos to follow soon


At Gardening Club we have been very busy making Crafts to sell on our stall.

We have made some plant labels so you will not forget what you have planted, we used slices of small logs to make some funky snowmen, and decorated some jam jars to make some beautiful lanterns.

At Bellinge Campus on Thursday 7th at 2.30pm the Christmas Fair will start. We would love you to come along and see what we have been making, we are sure you will love them. The money we raise will help us buy more equipment for next years projects.

Thank you in advance for your support. See you there.

Plant labels

Funky snowmen

Beautiful lanterns


In October Mrs Archer, Mrs Hardy, Mrs Rowland and some children from Gardening Club were invited to Northampton in Bloom awards evening. It was at the Guildhall in Northampton town centre. We went in to a really big welcoming room where we had a drink and some yummy cakes, on a big screen there were lots of photographs from all the different entries, some of them were amazing.
We then had to go in to the main hall where we all sat down and waited for the school category, The men at the from read aloud about each entry and told us all about each school.
It was our turn we walked up to the front to find we had won GOLD!
The judges had written some great things out our projects … “What a wonderful vegetable garden the children have grown this year- the best achieved so far. They have a great choice of vegetables in the plot.”
“There is a new look to the corner plot which has been transformed”
“The experiment of the bog and dry gardens was a stunning example”
“Fantastic effort”
We are all so very proud of how hard the children work at Gardening Club all year round we have achieved great things and grown lots of different things for the children to try.
The hard work has definitely paid off in the GOLD certificate. We are looking forward to another year of Gardening Club.
Well done children, lets see what we can achieve this year…

October Bug Hotel

This Month we have been using some old pallets to make an animal and bug hotel, we have looked at what kind of things and places animals and bugs like to live. We learnt that hedgehogs like dark places under the pallets looks cosy so we laid the pallets on some bricks so they can get in. Bugs like all kinds of little nooks and crannies so we created lots of these. In our hotel we have put in some fir-cones, some teasels, twigs, canes some we had to saw to make them shorter. We had some old plants stalks that we hollowed out and put in too. Over like we will add lots of things broken crockery and leaves.

Excellent start to the year

Before… watch this space

Before we planted the pansies

Tired looking wheelbarrow will soon be replanted

Beautiful pot

Planting Alium bulbs

Cleared veg bed

removing the thistles that had grown over the summer

Spreading our Compost

We have been so busy in the first few weeks of Gardening Club this year.
We have already cleared our veg bed ready to plant it up again. Our own made compost is ready to be used so we have also put a layer of this on the bed. It will be delicious for the worms.
We were given some beautiful mosaic pots from Mosaic Club so we have planted them up with some all year round shrubs and some bulbs ready for spring.
We have planted some bulbs in the small garden and are looking forward to spring to see the flowers.
The seaside buckets have been planted with Winter pansies too.
There is still so much to do and we are all looking forward to seeing what we can achieve this year.

May 2017

Filling up the bog

making a “wigwam” for the sweet peas

planting sweetcorn for the pizza patch


watering the bog

planting up wellies

weeding ready for some vegetables

watering the newly planted buckets

our new “sink” bed

tomatoes going in the pizza patch

Wow what a busy month May was we used our own made compost to fill up the loo so we can create our own bog garden. We also filled an old sink with plants and soil with special plants that donot need as much water they are called Alpines.

In the ‘pizza patch’ we have planted some basil seeds and tomato plants. We also planted some sweetcorn seeds to put in there once the plants have grown.

In the shed we found some buckets left from the beach trip last year, we decided they would look lovely on the fence so we got busy planting them up and attaching them. We think they look bright and beautiful what do you think?

In the big veg patch we have been busy weeding getting the soil ready for some news seeds, The children will be planting soon.

Mrs Hardy and some of the children have made a wig wam for the sweetpeas to grow up. We are all looking forward to them flowering.

APRIL – chocolate, radishes and lettuce

This month we have been very busy, we started back with an Easter egg hunt. We found lots of chocolate eggs hidden around the garden. It was great fun. We then checked our planting and found that the beans lettuce and radishes had grown lot over the holidays.

The radishes had grown so much we could pull them up and EAT them we all tried them, some of us really liked the peppery flavour. Hopefully the beans and lettuce will keep growing aswell.

We prepared some more of the bed taking the weeds out and raking it over, in this patch we planted carrots. We also planted lots of flower seeds the garden is going to be an array of colour.

Each week we weed and water all the plants and seeds. The potatoes are growing well in the sacks we cant wait for them to be ready.

The exciting news is that there is a family of birds nesting in one of our bird boxes.


there’s so many

Broad beans and lettuce

picking the radish


preparing the ground


Boxes, Feeders and Chitting!

WOW! What a busy time we have had at Gardening Club. We started the year by making our very own bird boxes. We used hammers, nails, teamwork and lots of concentration. last year we had a family of Blue-tits nesting in an old box so we hope these boxes will encourage many more birds to visit our garden.

The boxes are now hanging in the woods. There is a photo on here so you can see what we made.

Also to encourage the birds to visit we made some bird feeders using sunflower seeds and apples with the cores removed so we can hang them from the trees, we hope the birds find them tasty!


Chitting on the windowsill

Waiting for a family

Preparing the beds for broad beans and radishes


The end of 2016

The last week was a special one in previous weeks the children had made glass lanterns decorated with tissue paper, some were sold at the fayre, the adults kept enough back for an end of year treat with the children.

The lanterns (containing a tea light) were carried down to the woods we all walked in a line sensibly.

When we reached the woods it had been decorated with fairy lights and tinsel. Mrs Hardy had made a fire we learnt the fire circle rules (ask the children what they are). Mrs Hardy and Mrs Rowland had also put out some yummy treats for us to eat and there was hot chocolate too!

We hope you have a fabulous School Holiday see you back in 2017!

Winter activities

As its cold and wet outside we have bee keeping busy with some indoor activities. In the last few weeks we have been making things to sell at the PTA Christmas Fayre. we will use the money to purchase things for Gardening club to use the children will decide what this might be.

We painted some plant pots and planted daffodil bulbs in them. They will grow and flower in the spring. Mrs Hardy had some teasels which we decorated with ribbon and glitter. The strawberries in our bed had produced some runners  which we potted up and sold.

Using tissue paper we decorated some jam jars some we sold and some we used in our last week before the holidays (see the next blog).

Some of the children were able to help run the stall they were amazing.

The total we made was £22 thank you for your support.