It was great to be back on the Ecton Brook campus today after not seeing them for a while. All the girls had deserted me this week, but the boys were superstars and worked really hard. However we had a bit of trouble with ants! Clearly, while we had been on Easter holidays, ants had decided to move into all the patches we had cleared. We didn’t mind too much though, because it meant we got to have a really good look inside their nests and at all their eggs. Fascinating!
We were blessed with beautiful weather for our first session back on Bellinge Campus this term. We had so much to do and everyone worked really hard. We planted some more strawberry plants which were kindly donated by Mrs Male, so we are hoping for a bumper crop this year! We also had another generous donation of plants from a year one parent, thank you very much! This included lots of pretty flowers and some compost, so we got busy adding these to our pots. We also planted some peas and did lots of watering, as all the sunshine had dried everything out.
This week, on Bellinge campus there were two birthdays in Gardening Club! The Easter Bunny somehow heard about this and left us lots of eggs! The gardeners took a break from gardening to decorate Easter bags, then go on an egg hunt. I think the highest number of eggs found was H with seven, but everyone was very kind and shared everything out.
We have been very busy clearing and digging on both campuses in Gardening Club over the past couple of weeks. Here is a selection of some of the best bits in a photopeach. Look out for the gardeners using the first of our homemade compost, as well as a special appearance by Mrs Turner, who kindly came along to help us out.
It had been snowing again in Northampton this morning, but the gardeners on Ecton Brook were not deterred. We headed out in our wellies and warm coats to make some little homes for the local wildlife. I am so proud of the gardeners for their work this evening. They all worked so well as a team and their effort and behaviour were outstanding. Well done everyone!
Over on the Ecton Brook campus this week we were lucky to be joined by Mrs Hislop. She came to help us re-pot all the little Christmas trees which were in each class in December. We are hoping they will all grow so we can use them again at Christmas this year. Everyone got a bit prickly and dirty, but the trees look a lot happier in their bigger pots.
This week, on the Bellinge Campus, we were lucky to be joined by Mrs Hardy and Miss Cooper. Miss Cooper took half of the gardeners off to do the RSPB’s Big School Birdwatch. They braved the cold and spotted several different birds, including black headed gulls and crows. Mrs Hardy and I took the other half of the gardeners into the woods for some bug hunting and a spot of tree climbing. We mainly found slugs and worms, but there were also woodlice and a centipede.
There were lots of jobs to do in our first gardening session of the year on Bellinge Campus this week. S and J set about clearing the ponds (which were completely flooded), whilst P, J and L added compost to the trees in our reading area, which had been blown over by the strong winds. A, J and L did a fantastic of moving one of the compost bins. It was a smelly and tiring job, but no one complained at all. The rest of the team helped Mrs Male do an inventory of the shed. It needed a good clear out and it’s great to see it looking tidy again. Well done everyone!