Patrick’s Patch runs ‘The Potting Shed Club’ for primary school age children (ages 4 – 11) every year.
The Potting Shed Club runs once a month from March to October on Saturday mornings 10am – 11.30am. The club is run by the Head Gardener Rachel Foster. Rachel is a qualified gardener with lots of experience working with children and running gardening clubs. This is what Rachel had to say:
“I want the children to really enjoy being in the garden and gain satisfaction from making things they can take home and by helping with projects in Patrick’s Patch.”
During each club, the children make things to take home and they spend time helping on fun projects in Patrick’s Patch. There are mid-morning refreshments of hot drinks (for adults) and fruit juice, with homemade biscuits.
It is essential to pre-book as there is a maximum of 10 children.
Children must be accompanied by an adult – no more than three children per adult. Additional adults are not encouraged due to restricted space.
Cost per participating child is £10, with no charge for accompanying adults. Please book below.
If we do not have enough children to run the course successfully, we reserve the right for it to be cancelled and any money paid will be refunded. Only courses cancelled 1 week in advance maybe refunded.
All courses for 2019:
|Saturday 30th March||Spring into action||The time to sow lots of seeds. The children will sow their own modular tray of vegetables to take home and grow. They will help with the seasonal sowing in Patrick’s Patch and plant the early-potatoes. We’ll also make a ‘potato-print’ Mother’s Day card.|
|Saturday 20th April||Scarecrows and sunflowers||Using re-cycled materials the children will make their own small dingly-dangly scarecrows to take home. They’ll make paper pots to sow sunflowers in. Out in the garden they will all sow a radish variety as part of the Patrick’s Patch radish trial.|
|Saturday 18th May||Slugs and worms||We’ll be having a look for our friends the earth worms and making a wormery to study them. The children will help set up an experiment to see which type of organic slug control methods work best. They can choose to sow a courgette, pumpkin or squash to take home.|
|Saturday 15th June||Make your own salad||The children can pick and make their own yummy salad to take home. We’ll learn about herbs and edible flowers to make the salads extra-tasty. They will sow some quick-growing summer herbs and cress to enjoy at home.|
|Saturday 13th July||Meet the bees||The Hampshire Beekeepers are joining us with their demonstration hive and wealth of knowledge. The children will make flower arrangements in mini-milk bottles to take home.|
|Saturday 14th September||Make a vegetable rainbow||We’re going pick a variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers and arrange them into a big harvest-rainbow. The children can taste some of the fruits they pick and we’ll share out some tasty produce to take home.|
|Saturday 19th October||Watching the seasons||To celebrate Autumn the children will make their own flower arrangements in pumpkins! We’ll be looking around Patrick’s Patch and thinking about how we can help wildlife in the winter months. The children will make fat-ball bird feeders to take home. In Patrick’s Patch we’ll sow broad beans and plant garlic.|