15 minute Gardener

Planting potatoes in a pandemic

Published by Alix Marschani on 26th March 2020 at 10:08 am | 1 Comment

Day 2 of the national lockdown and we were expecting a small group of keyworker children at school who would need to be occupied in a mixed aged group with shared activities –  should we get on and plant potatoes during the pandemic, I mused? Social distancing This was my shift on the rota for […]

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Tree walk in Glastonbury

Published by Alix Marschani on 28th February 2020 at 11:20 am | No Comments

Do you notice trees? Guest blogger Caroline Sherwood recounts highlights from her recent tree walk. To The Trees with Matthew Witt Matt Witt’s love for trees radiates from his presence and his presentation, as he guides groups around the lanes and fields of Avalon. With horticultural ancestral connections, Matt’s extensive knowledge comes from years of […]

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Growing plantlets from spider plants

Published by Alix Marschani on 17th February 2020 at 4:45 pm | No Comments

What could be more exciting than taking home your own spider plant from one big plant? Year 3 were in for a surprise when told they were learning all about propagating spiderettes. Everyone looked closely at the spiderettes dangling from the main plant. They saw tiny knobs at the root of the spiderette. To propagate […]

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All join in

Published by Alix Marschani on 31st January 2020 at 10:00 am | No Comments

With all the bird watching going on this week we also noticed the large amount of leaves on our grounds. The Year 3s have volunteered to collect the green food caddies from each class at lunch time and tip fruit snacks into the composting bins daily. Meanwhile the Year 2s have busily occupied themselves with […]

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Getting rhubarb ready for winter

Published by Alix Marschani on 8th December 2019 at 8:16 am | No Comments

This week my enthusiastic group of Year 2 gardeners decided to prepare our much loved rhubarb plant for winter. And this is what we did: Removed all the old stems and put in composter because the rhubarb needs to chill its crown over winter Added a small amount of compost around plant to provide winter […]

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Native seed bombs

Published by Alix Marschani on 4th November 2019 at 9:01 am | No Comments

A really fun way to get children thinking about seed dispersal. Very few seeds actually survive in the ground during winter as only 1%  is said to make it to spring. This is where the seed bomb can help. What is a seed bomb? Seeds are contained in organic matter, namely potting compost and clay, […]

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