Goodbye meadow

There was lots to do in Gardening Club this week so we got busy straight away. Everyone was very good at working independently at their jobs. We had to plant out our strawberry runners before the frost got to them, then plant out some lovely heather which Mrs Male had kindly bought for us. Finally it was time to say goodbye to our beautiful mini meadow. We cut it back so that the seeds will hopefully come again next year. All the waste went into our new compost bin, which Miss Cooper and the Eco School members sourced for the school.

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Meadow Surprise

When we arrived back to school after our summer holidays a beautiful surprise was waiting for us – all the flowers in our mini meadow had bloomed! It looks so pretty and it’s great to see that all our hard work last term has paid off. Click on the ‘creating a meadow’ tag underneath to see the journey of this little patch of grass.

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We even make toilets pretty…

Our exciting project for year 3 and 4 this week was to fill a toilet (yes, a toilet) with some pretty plants. The toilet had been part of a display in the school and when it was no longer needed, the gardeners thought it would be a great addition to our garden. Let us know what you think 🙂

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And of course there was the usual weeding and watering to be done…

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We also we started work on a new project which will involve the whole school. We are decorating stones to put in our wildflower meadow and hope to eventually get everyone in the school to decorate a stone so they can add it to the garden.

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Keeping busy in the undergrowth

With all the rain and sunshine we’ve had lately, our herb garden has gone a bit wild! We had to do some serious cutting back, especially with the fennel. Can you spot S just peeping through?

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We also had lots of ripe strawberries, so everyone has now been able to try some. The verdict: delicious! Take a peek at our blueberries and raspberries which are coming along nicely.

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And of course there was the usual weeding and watering to be done. Super effort guys – it wasn’t easy in the heat!

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Vegging Out

We had tons to do in Gardening Club this evening! There were lots of vegetables to plant out as we had some lovely plug plants donated to us. A and M set about doing this with Miss Cooper’s help. They planted Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and leeks. Meanwhile K and L put some potatoes in special planting bags and also planted onions into pots. The rest of the team set about planting the seeds in our mini meadow. We have all worked so hard to prepare this area so it was very exciting to finally put the seeds in. Thanks once again to Meadow in my Garden for providing us with all the seeds free of charge.

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Storm Troopers

Gardening Club members were true heroes this week. It was pouring with rain and there was not a patch of blue sky in sight, but they put on their wellies, pulled up their hoods and braved the mud. There was more heavy work to be done, clearing grass and spreading fine compost onto our mini meadow. It’s looking super now and is all ready for us to plant our wildflower seeds next week. Well done team!

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Put your back into it!

Today was our first Gardening Club session since before the Easter holidays and we had some hard labour to come back to! All the turf that our site manager has kindly dug up for us so we can plant our meadow had to moved into the wooded area. The grass ‘bricks’ were very heavy and after a few trips loading and unloading the wheelbarrow, we were soon burning off all the Easter eggs we’ve been eating! Unfortunately I managed to have a gardening glove in front of the camera for most of the photos today (sorry!) but hopefully you can get the idea from the four pictures we do have!

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Getting ready for spring

This week we had lots of little jobs to do in order to get our garden ready for the spring. The first job was to start planting out some seeds into trays for our meadow. We will be putting some seeds straight into the ground, but have been advised that it’s best to give some a head start by planting them in trays first.

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Seeds

Meanwhile A, S and Miss Cooper got started on putting our little greenhouse together. Awesome teamwork ladies, well done!

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We were particularly excited today as Mrs Kedwards treated us to some new gardening kit, including spades, forks and gloves. Everyone felt it was very important to coordinate the tools with the gloves. Thanks Mrs K!

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Finally we needed to start potting some conifers for our reading area. We also added a lavender plant to the pot so it would smell nice as well as look good. This was an idea the school council came up with so that we could have a quiet area of the playground sectioned off where children can sit and read.

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Getting muddy

Today we decided to brave the cold and damp to head outside and do some digging. We were soon covered in mud and it was hard work, but being hardened gardeners this was no problem and we got stuck in. Some children dug the weeds out of the vegetable patch whilst others cleared the leaves and weeds from the herb garden.
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These children are turning the soil under the windows ready to plant some fruit bushes in a few weeks:
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And these children were helping to measure out a patch we are planning to turn into a wild flower meadow:
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