Climate Action – Focus Point 3

Focus 3 – Do You And Your Class Have Space To Grow Plants?

Our Growing Calendar

Hazlehead ELC Planting Calendar



Name of plant Where to sew When to sew When to harvest Helpful Information
Garlic Plant individual cloves directly outdoors. January to February July onwards Plant about 5-10cm deep allowing 20cm between plants
Tomato Indoors in trays, then transplant to pots. March to April July to October  
Cornflower Indoors into modular trays March to April    
Carrot Directly Outdoors End of March or April June -July Plant thin seedlings about 5cm apart. Plant strong smelling plants nearby to help prevent carrot root fly.
Lettuce Indoors in trays or outside when warmer March to April indoors; or late May outdoors From June onwards To avoid pests, sow indoors then plant outside when risk of frost has passed.
Mangetout peas Directly outdoors Mate March to April June to July when pods are 5cm long Allow 5cm between seeds, give support with string, netting or sticks as they grow.
Potato Directly outdoors in rich soil Late March to April or mid April to May June onwards when foliage begins to die back Plant when shoots are about 2.5cm long.
Spring Onion Sow outdoors thinly End of March June to July  
Runner bean Individually in pots indoor April Late June to August Plant outside after risk of frost has passed allowing 15cm between plants. Support with wigwam of canes.
French bean Indoor in pots Mid April July  
Courgette Indoor individually in pots Mid April July onwards – pick before they get too big  
Nasturtium Indoors or outdoors April to May   The leaves are edible and have a slightly peppery taste.


Poached egg plant Directly outdoors Late April to May   Encourages bees
Sweetcorn Indoors in pots Late April July to September Plant outdoors in late May.
Sunflower Indoors in pots Mid April to May   Plant outside at the end of May. Support with canes.
Marigold Outdoor into the soil Late April to May    
Strawberry Outdoors in full sunshine and well-drained soil Plant runners late in Autumn or early spring Late May to July  


Indoor individual in pots Mid April to May September to October Plant outside in late May /June.
Poppy Outdoors where they are to flower May   Will self-seed freely
Broad bean Directly outdoor Autumn or Early Spring When the pods are 6cm long Plant 15cm apart and pinch off the top of the plants when the first pods appear.
Onions Straight into the ground June to July as required   Plant 15cm apart so the pointed end is just visible.
Daffodils/ Crocuses Straight into the ground Plant bulbs in September Will bloom in Spring.  




Our Perfect Planters

We are working with the Community Group on developing our school grounds.  We want to give each class an area where they can grow plants and flowers.  We then want them to look after them so that they can understand what things need to grow while helping to make our school grounds really beautiful for everyone to enjoy.

We aim to give every class their own designated planter for planting, growing and maintaining.  The pandemic has impacted on our progress, however so far we have allocated wooden planters to 6 classes.  Our next step is to extend this to the remaining 7 classes.

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Developing our School Grounds

We are growing potatoes outside each classroom

Mrs Wraith has been helping us all plant and grow our potatoes and they are beginning to sprout.

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Our Potatoes – Update


Thank you to Ian Thom, Airyhall janitor, for donating seeded potatoes for each class to grow.  Our potatoes are thriving due to the very changing weather we have had – plenty of sunny and rainy days which are the perfect ingredients!  Ian will be invited to visit the school to judge how each class has done with their Grow Your Own agenda.



Our Sunflowers


Morrisons Donate Sunflower Seeds


A huge thank you to Morrisons for donating sunflower seeds to every class in the school.  We are very grateful for their support in helping us to develop our school grounds.


Sunflowers are very important flowers because:


  1. They are great for bees as they contain nectar and pollen which bees love
  2. They help to clean the soil
  3. They look beautiful when they have bloomed – they are known as the happy flower!


Each class is in the process of planting their seeds.  P1 planted their seeds on Sunflower Day!  We look forward to seeing how they grow.

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We have been planting the sunflower seeds that were given to us by Morrisons and Jane Arthur

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