On the 6th March the inaugural Gardening Club was swamped by over 25 members of the local cub scout group that were keen to get their hands dirty and get the growing season off to a flying start.
They came prepared with packets of seed and an eagerness to learn. After lunch, cooked themselves on barbecues, the young group were given an introduction to what a seed is, what they need and where they come from. After this was all explained the serious business of sowing began. In a whirlwind of energy seed trays and pots were soon filled with compost and seeds waiting to erupt into a wide range of plants from beans and peas to onions, tomatoes and salad crops. Above the patter of small feet and shrill voices could be heard shouting phrases such as “I want a magic bean” and “how old do I have to be before I can live here?” As water trickled from the can so the hysteria subsided and we talked abut what would happen in the lives of the seeds we had planted. Many were destined to live out their days in the houses of the children that attended as everyone took a pot to grow at home. However, the majority are to be grown on the site until they are ready to be planted out in another workshop at the scout hall allotment.
The return of the cubs on Sunday 3rd April saw much excitement at the emergence of the seeds that they had planted a month before. We watered them and talked about the progress of growth that was occurring. The enthusiasm of the group as they were given a tour of the natural structures that we have been building to live in was amazing. Exclamations such as “I can’t believe you live in a den, that is so cool,” laid the foundations of our own construction project. Together we built a bender out of Hazel beside the pond. The day was rounded off by planting tree species that will produce wood for the construction of many more elaborate dens in the future. We also sowed seeds that instigated the start of Sipson’s biggest sunflower competition.
Please come and join in the fun. Every Sunday @Grow Heathrow from 2pm.