‘Seedlings’ – LDGA’s children’s Section

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‘Seedlings’ – LDGA’s children’s section

Our ‘Seedlings’ contact is Emma Lockey. Send her an email – seedlings@ldga.org.uk

Back in the spring of 2018 Kay Walker suggested that LDGA should start a children’s group and hold some gardening workshops. We called it ‘Seedlings’

Seedlings logo banner

Here are the workshops and shows that we have planned for 2019. All are intended to be for young gardeners aged 4 to 14 years old and will take place under parental supervision on the ‘Seedlings’ plot on the Norton Allotment Site off Flint Road, Letchworth SG6 1HJ. Each child will receive a certificate of participation and will get to take home what they have made. To help cover materials, the cost of each workshop is £3 per child. See how it all started >

January 27th – Winter Workshop

• Make pine cone bird seed feeders
• Make bird food garlands

This was first ‘Seedlings’ workshop of the year and coincided
with the RSPB’s ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ weekend.

more >

Bird food garland
Seedling planting potatoes April 21st – Spring Workshop (Easter Sunday)

• Plant potatoes on the ‘Seedlings’ allotment
• Sow courgette seeds to take home
• Sow wildflower seeds on the ‘Seedlings’ allotment
• Sow mini night scented plants for moths to take home
• Make a plant label to enter in our Summer Show
• Have hot cross buns and listen to gardening stories

more >

June 9th – Early Summer Workshop

• Plant out and pot on sunflowers
• Plant out pumpkin & strawberry plants
• Decorate a stone to enter in our Summer Show
• Pot on marigolds into 15cm pots for our Autumn Show
• Go on a wildlife safari – what insects can we find?
• Eat strawberries and listen to gardening stories

more >

Seedling planting out a pumpkin plant
Seedlings decorated stone plant labels July 13th – Summer Show

• Seedlings enter their plant labels & decorated stones to the show

Summer Show 2019

August 18th – Late Summer Workshop

• Colour in a picture and hand it in for entry to the Autumn Show
• Check on pumpkins and sunflowers planted earlier
• Harvest potatoes – each child to dig up & take a small bag of potatoes home
• Check out the new bean house built since last visit
• Plant up a mini herb garden to take home
• Vegetable cake tasting and listening to gardening stories

more >

Seedling harvesting potatoes
Marigolds in a pot September 14th – Autumn Show

• Seedlings enter their coloured in pictures and pots of marigolds to the show

Autumn Show 2019

October 13th – Autumn Workshop

• Harvest pumpkins and see how much they weigh
• Sow more bulbs, board beans, onions and peas
• Tidy the plot for winter
• More ideas still being worked on

Seedlings posing with the harvested pumpkins
Seedling decoration a tree December 8th – Christmas Workshop

• Making Christmas decorations
• Decorating the Christmas tree
• Singing Christmas songs
• Christmas snacks
• Warmed apple juice

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