Plant Pots Direct Gardening Blog

Working with Lawns Park Primary School, Farnley, Leeds

Welcome to our blog!

Jamie Paul, the owner of Plant Pots Direct, is a very keen gardener, has two allotments of his own and works at Lawns Park Primary School two afternoons per week passing on his knowledge and experience to the next generation of gardeners. Our knowledge is no means the finished article, we read books, search the Internet, ask other gardeners all searching for the answer to grow the best potatoes or cabbages, but best of all we love to try!

This year we have decided to tell you the story of our experiments, methods, successes and failures (yes, we all get them). To help us we have enlisted the help of the pupils of the School to explain a few things, giving a view through their eyes, with drawings, photographs, lists and examples.

So sit back and enjoy or ride!

Strawberry patch clean up

Lawns Park Allotment Strawberry PatchThe Lawns Park Strawberry patch gets a make over

The allotment strawberry patch has been on the site for 2 seasons and it was one of the first projects I worked on with the Children.

The first year was all about getting the plants established and the Strawberry crop was about 30 Strawberries from some 50 plants.

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First signs of growth

Garlic bulbs showing signs of growthThings are looking a little greener (But just a little)

With spring really starting to get a grip the cold spell that we experienced a few weeks ago seems to be well and truly forgotten, the warmer weather is really starting to take effect the bulbs and plants we have already planted in the allotment and polytunnel. But with the good there is always a bad, weeds are starting to show their heads and before too long they will start to take over if we don't take control.

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Potato potty

Sowing Rocket Early PototoesEarly Potatoes planted in growing bags

Late winter is the best time to get the early (or first early) potatoes in the soil and growing. This year I've decided to work with the younger children at the school for my potato growing activities.

The truth is that, from my experience, the potatoes need the least looking after and will probably suit the Children from year 1 (5-6 year olds) the best, and they will probably reap the best rewards for all their efforts.

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Peas & Beans at the ready

Pea seeds ready for plantingPea & Broad Bean sowing

The sowing season is now officially underway and all I can see for the next couple of weeks is seeds, compost and plant pots. I just hope we have enough room in the poly tunnel... If not there is a whole school to work with and i'm sure the window bottoms can be utilised in some way.

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First sowing of the season - Garlic and Shallots

shallot-setsGarlic & Shallot sowing

When planning ahead for the garden the first thing I always look for is what needs to be in first and when will it need to be in by. Don't get me wrong there are no set rules but obviously some plants take longer than others to grow and develop, and then there is always the cold snaps to think about. The last thing we want is to put all the plants in the ground and then Mr frost comes along and kills them.

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