What we've done this week ...
Again another lovely day to be out in the garden. We had a major clear out and clear up of the greenhouse. Planted up some tomato plants into gro-bags and will wait to see if this gives us a better crop than potting them up and leaving them outside.
We also potted on our Sweet Pepper plants ... these were a real success and their were so many so that children have requested to take some home with them.
More potatoes were planted and the plants coming through from the First Earlies were earthed over.
We planted out some Runner BEan plants and are hoping to add to these when are seed beans start coming through, although they are a little slow this year. We have a plant to construct a walk through / archway type of structure so that the beans can grow over and grow down, creating a 'ceiling of dangling beans' (something I saw in a magazine and thought it looked beautiful, and fun!) Fingers crossed we can create this affect. XX
Again we got on with sowing more seeds ... Parsnips, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Aubergine and Melon. These are all now in our mini poly tunnel and I am hoping will be ready for planting out in a couple of months.
The After School Gardening Club were keen to continue with the scarecrow project for our villages Scarecrow Festival in June so mary Mary's face is starting to take shape and we know have the bodies for the 3 Blind Mice!!
A Host of Golden Daffodils!
After our Bring a Bulb day back in October last year when we planted out over 2000 bulbs, we have been eagerly awaiting the flowering of our crocus' and daffodils ... finally this week they came out and looked amazing. Definitely worth the wait - Go and see our photo on our school profile page.
Today's Gardening Club was a mild affair ... that's weather wise and not in content or children ... The children were all on form today and most turned out!
Today we harvested some leeks and transplanted some others. We planted out some main crop potoates, baby beetroot plants and some lettuce. We potted up some cucumber plants grown from seed and kept in one of the classrooms over the holidays covered in a white plastic bag - what a success, much better than the ones grown in the greenhouse.
We also seeded some summer bedding plants ready for hanging baskets and pots to sell at the Summer Fair.
We had a lovely box of composting WORMS delivered and so added these to our compost heap and bins ... the children loved this activity!!
Last night we started up our After School Gardening Club for the first time since before Christmas. We were hoping to be up at our new allotment but didn't have enough help to be able to do that, so we ended up making a start on our scarecrow heads for the Bassingham Scarecrow Festival and Open Gardens in JUne. The theme is Nursery Rhymes and the children have voted to do Mary Mary (quite contrary), Humpty Dumpty, Three Blind Mice and Incy Wincy Spider!!
What a difference a day makes ... yesterday we were basking in the beautiful Spring sunshine at Doddington Hall with all the other Lincolnshire schools who achieved FFLP Bronze award and here we are today in the bitter cold, snow flurries working hard in the school garden!!
Today in our garden we have continued with our sowing programme. We have sowed 2 different types of Radish - one short and dumpy, the other long and thin. We have also put in some carrots and some rather lovely looking RED spring onions!
The other half of our group sowed some sun flowers, more giant sweet peas, broad beans and peas. These will all go up to our allotment when they're ready to plant out.
Cucumbers, chillies, peppers and sweet peppers have also been sown in to propogators and are now housed on the window sill in Year 2 - thank you Mrs Dixon! They will move into the green house after Easter ... once the temperature picks up.
We have the BIG DIG this Saturday up at the new allotment and already we have several volunteers and a few donations of polythene, old decking, wooden posts, chicken wire - So thanks to everyone who has donated.
The Gardening Club
This week we were gardening in the sunshine ... albeit bitter cold! Still the children rocked up in their T-shirts!! Obviously oblivious to the cold.
We had a very busy lunchtime sowing seeds. With our allotment now we are having to plan ahead and think about what we want to have available to plant out there, bearing in mind it's a whopping 15m x 30m.
So we sowed 5 varieties of lettuce, some rocket, some spinach, Some peppers, broad beans and peas. On the flower front we sowed some sunflower seeds which will hopefully be ready to sell at our Open Gardens day in June, we also sowed some sweet peas and giant sweet peas for companion planting. Our green house is now chokka once more and our raised beds half full with seeds ready to explode into life over the next few weeks, with a little help from the sun.
Looking forward to our day out at Doddington Hall on Tuesday to collect our Bronze award for FFLP.
First Gardening Club in 2013
So after a very cold and miserable winter we kick started our lunchtime Gardening Club on a cold and miserable day! So much for leaving it until March in the hope it would be warmer with a little sunshine. Still it was nice to get back into the swing of things.
Some of us had been in the weekend prior (thanks to Ian Vickers of VKS Gardens) and we gave the shed, greenhouse and gardens are good tidy up and got ourselves organinsed for the first meet. So today was all about digging over the beds, mixing in compost from our lovely Compo and topping up some of the beds with some top soil donated to us by some local residents known only as Dave & Elaine. Ian V had also made us a new compost heap so we made sure we filled this up with all the old leaves from the autumn together with the top half of Compo.
We planted out some first early potatoes and each gardener took home their own seed potato to grow themselves at home for our Great Potato Race. We are looking for the largest single potato, the heaviest crop in weight and the biggest crop in number of potatoes grown. Watch this space for results in June.
We were joined by a new parent helper, Chris Goodge, who is going to set up the school's allotment and run the After School Gardening club from there after Easter. We are hoping of be able to offer 2 evenings a week and adhoc weekends.
And lastly, our bulbs (all 2000 of them!) are coming through beautifully just outside the school. We will post a picture when they are in full flower, and with a little bit of sun that should be in the next week.