Pupils have been digging in to boost their chances of winning a competition.
Green-fingered children in Year 1 at Eastlea Primary School, in Cramlington, entered the competition organised by Cramlington Township to create and develop a wooden planter.
The youngsters watched the planter being filled with compost, before spending time deciding which type of flowers to grow, colours to use and how they should be planted.
A display in the school entrance hall has been created to show the progress of the garden planter.
Kay Lister, deputy head for Key Stage 1, said she was delighted with the interest shown by the pupils and felt the competition has helped them understand the life cycle of plants and flowers.
The competition will be judged on July 16.