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Gardening Club

 

Since the start of the year, over 20 pupils signed up to gardening club. As well as concentrating on preparing the vegetable beds for the new growing season, seeds have been sown and we are looking forward to selling extra plants at out plant sale in June.  

 

 

Exciting News!

 

At the end of May 2019, we were awarded a Level 2 RHS award for the work we do during gardening club!  We have received a book as a gift to help us grow a wide variety of plants. 

Preparing the beds

Autumn 

 

Autumn is the time of year when people, animals and birds prepare for the cold winter either by hibernation, migration or gathering extra food supplies. 

 

Did you know?:

 

Leaves change colour in the autumn due to the green chorophyll breaking down.  This allows the yellows, reds and purples of other chemicals in the leaves to show.

 

Wildlife Tip:

 

Don't forget to put extra food out for birds during the coldest months.

 

Fun Fact:

 

The earth is closet to the sun in December, even though the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. 

 

Spring Spotter!

 

In Spring we often see new growth in the garden.

 

Wildlife Tip: 

 

Spring is the time birds start building their nests either in trees or bird boxes.  Can you spot any of these common sights in your garden or the school grounds? 

 

 

Did you know? 

 

Bulbs store carbohydrates over winter months to push through the ground and flower in spring. 

 

Fun Fact: 

 

The first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere is the first day of autumn in the Southern hemisphere. 

 

Watering Devices

 

Some of us have had fun making watering devices to use when we have planted our seeds.  

How to make a watering device

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Potatoes

We are busy 'chitting' potatoes before we plant them.  We have put the seed potatoes in egg boxes or paint containers.  They  are kept in a cool, light place to grow buds. 

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March 2019 

 

We have been busy sorting out the shed and working out whether we have enough plant pots for the growing season ahead. 

 

Today (18th March) we finished planting our 'early' potatoes and have started to grow peas.  Next week we will plant the range of courgettes as well as our seed onions.  We are waiting for the last frosts before we plant the Dahlias, sweet peas, french beans and runner beans. 

 

It is an exciting time... 

 

Thank you to Roots & Shoots for providing us with compost and seed potatoes - we are very grateful! 

 

 

 

 

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April 2019

 

Shoots are starting to appear for the peas that we planted.  The potatoes are also sprouting.  When we start back in the summer term we will need to cover the leaves with more compost to ensure the plants will give us plenty of potatoes! 

New Shoots

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Potatoes, onions, Dahlias, courgettes, cosmos and runner beans!

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13th May 2019 

We have planted our runner beans, lettuce and cauliflowers.  The tomatoes have been put into larger pots and the potatoes are growing fast.   During gardening club we tied ribbon to sticks tom scare the birds away! 

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