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selling on your seedlings
Sat 1-May-10
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shelley
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This year, flush with the semi success of selling my jams, I decided to plant up all of my initial seedlings and sell them on to friends and neighbours.  It has been a great success!  I am selling pants (well grown and ready to plant in the garden) at 1 euro a plant and have been inundated with demands!!

This despite my quirky choices for tomatoes and the fact that I also grew yellow courgettes!

I can recommend this to anyone who, like me, hate throwing away those promising little seedlings at the planting on stage!

Sat 1-May-10
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What a great idea Shelley.  I hope that you'll make a little profit on the deal too, well done.WellDone

I'll try that again!

Sat 1-May-10
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Fantastic idea Shelley. Last year at school we grew hundreds of plants in our polytunnel and then opened a Market Garden. We had lots of veg and bedding plants for sale as well as made up hanging baskets and bird tables ( made by the children). We opened a tea room in the school hall and opened for 5 weekends in May/June. I was worried people wouldn't be interested but it was a great success with us clearing over £1000 profit for school funds. We sold almost all the plants - our closing down sale was hilarious. I also think it taught the children so many skills from the buying of seeds, growing the plants to marketing and selling. It was brilliant. When I think of the extra seedlings I have in my polytunnel!!!!!!

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Sat 1-May-10
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What a wonderful way for the children to learn Danuta.  Nothing like that when I was a pupil.

I'll try that again!

Sat 1-May-10
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Thanks TA.  It was my last big project as Head Teacher and I will admit I was very proud of the whole thing.  You are quite right about the learning.  Totally hands on education. The whole school ( albeit only 28 children aged 3 - 12) were involved, as were staff, parents and community. We did lots of baking for the tea room but locals would hand in cakes etc. for us to sell and then pay for their tea!!!  Great stuff.

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Sat 1-May-10
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shelley said:

 I am selling pants


Oh Shelley - the things you get up to !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Big_Laugh  Big_Laugh  Big_Laugh  Big_Laugh

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Eeek Eagle eyed woman!

I'll try that again!

Sat 1-May-10
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She certainly is.  I have had to reload the page so that I could show how much I am laughing.

Big_Laugh  Big_Laugh  Big_Laugh  Big_Laugh  Big_Laugh   You should get a job as a proof reader BS  Whistle

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Sat 1-May-10
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shelley said:

 I am selling pants (well grown and ready to plant in the garden)


That is the best bit!

Seriously well done, Shelley. 1 Euro per plant is an exceptionally good price to obtain. Today, Fiona was selling 3 for £1 at the garden gate, just tomato planlets, mind.

Danuta, what a huge success your project was. How very satisfying in so many ways. £1,000 is a vast sum for such a small school and, presumably, small community.

Maybe they miss you as head teach?

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Sun 2-May-10
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I would need to get more organised but I think that is a strong possibility for next year. Also need a fluent speaker of Latvian to be able to sell them for me, somehow don't think I will be that fluent by next year. Just need to find out when the annual Spring Fair is and time my seedlings for thatCheers

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lol the typos I do!!
The project at school sounds fantastic Danita! I used to run gardening club at one of nurseries and the kids absolutely loved it. It is never too soon to get kids interested in gardening. For the size of the plants 1 euro is about right. They have just begun a village market and I sussed out their prices, which were generally more than mine. I am considering selling my jams there, so it was good to be able to do a recce first!

Sun 2-May-10
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My husband made me a 'plants for sale' board which I left with the plants and a tin for the money by the gate.  Not an original idea as I had bought a lot of plants this way.  I had a friend who always did it and gave the money to charity.  I never had any problems, no one stole the tin and it always had money in it.

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