Herbtastic Community Gardening

Taking Root
(participating on activities with families)

Age suitability: 3-11 years

Effort required: (1=less work - 5=more work)

Pre-activity: 1
During activity: 1
Post-activity: 1

Introduce a herb garden which is accessible to the wider school community and encourage them to grow and pick a variety of herbs to take home and use in tasty recipes!

  • To engage families in childrens learning in tangible ways
  • To identify and describe the structure of common plants
  • To find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.
  • To describe the importance of eating the right amount of different types of foods to stay healthy.

Launch the idea of becoming a Herbtastic Community Garden school to the children and parents in a way that suits you. Clarify what this means and when it will happen.

  1. Ask the children to do some research on different garden herbs and to offer suggestions as to what should go on the ‘shopping/wish list’. Develop a display wall that they can splat their ideas and research onto. Value all contributions.
  2. Set children or families a Herbtastic logo competition to brand their new venture.
  3. Purchase a variety of different herbs or seeds to grow a range of garden herbs, along with relevant equipment/soil (or request that these are donated).
  4. Before school, at lunchtimes or afterschool encourage children to support you, and encourage parents to join in, in planting and caring for the herbs.
  5. Encourage children and their families to send in ideas for recipes that they could or have done. Display these.
  • Buy already grown herbs to kick start the project and save yourself time, however plant some too to show growth from seed.
  • Encourage children to take charge of watering, trimming or harvest herbs frequently to prevent from wilting. It’s their garden not yours! 
  • Plant the herbs and label them with tags for identification.
  • Use Herbtastic Garden monitors – weekly rotation to water and maintain herbs to keep them healthy. Allocate different children to maintain and research the herbs.
  • Get children to brainstorm ideas of how they could promote the garden to the local community (designing posters, leaflets, tweets, texts).
  • Encouarge parents to visit the garden before and after school and pick herbs to use in cooking at home.

Developed by Louise Thompson, Vale View Primary School, Stockport