In 2009 one of the children in pre-school asked, “Where do chips come from?” another child replied, “From McDonalds”. This discussion went on to prompt a project about potatoes.
Following on from this project, a discussion amongst practitioners resulted in our decision to create part of our garden into an edible landscape where children could learn about planting, growing, harvesting and the rhythm of the seasons.
In autumn 2010 the children did some planting in tubs, enabling the children to harvest potatoes in time for Christmas lunch. We planted fruit trees with the children in the front garden and they made clay ‘wishes’ to plant with each tree and buried them under the roots.
In winter 2010 we acquired the greenhouse, composting bins and raised beds and we planted espaliered fruits along the east flint wall. The children have filled the compost bins, planted seeds and pricked them out, and have already harvested some of the salads.
We are looking forward to see how our edible garden progresses.