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The Wonderful World of Vegetables

Posted by Jean Vernon on 21 Jul 2009 at 04:28 PM

 I know, I know, I'm having a veggie fest at this year's show, but that's partly because there is so much here to see and learn about growing, not only your own healthy fresh veg, but fruit too.

What's great is the variety of ways you can show and display the wonderrful array of produce and yet again the kids have pushed the boundaries more than the adults. 

You just need to take a look at The Wonderful World of Vegetables, The Cheshire Schools Competition, that aims to help children understand where vegetables come from. It's a special exhibit made up of creative planters, whacky ideas and alternative ways to grow veg and a great chance to see how children have a different view on the world. There are planted umbrellas, exciting ideas and inspiring collections of plants all from the imagination and creativity of Primary School Children.

 I love the eclectic mix of plants and props, the quirky way unusual items have been recycled to use as planters and the sheer absurdity of some of the exhibits. There's a people's Vote, so do go and vote for your favourite. One of mine was the two little children and trailer from Manor Park School and Nursery.

Pupils from Year 5, as part of their regular weekly gardening club, have worked to design and produce the containers for the competition. The inspiration came from the old pieces of school uniform found in lost property. The whole school from Nursery through to Year 6 has been involved in growing all the vegetables from seed in their new 'Community and School Allotment' which was designed by a Year 5 pupil. Each class goes out once weekly to work on the allotment and look after the vegetables.

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