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.
There was horror among the Ecton Brook campus gardeners this week when they realised that I had forgotten to bring the gardening gloves across from Bellinge campus. However they were all very brave (!) and were soon picking up handfuls of compost so we could plant our first edible crop on campus – strawberries! We are all very hopeful that there will be lots of fruit for us to eat in the spring!
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.
Before the summer, year 2 (current year 3) planted some sunflower seeds in different soil types to see how differently they grew. Mrs Male took them home over the summer to look after them and today she brought in one of the gigantic heads. We all had a guess at how many seeds there were and then pulled them out so we could feed some to the birds and save some to plant next year.
We also dug up our little onion crop, which was quite successful considering we only planted them in two small pots…
However our potato crop was sadly not as successful:
We also planted all our strawberry runners into pots as they have been growing like mad over the summer!
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?
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.
And of course there was the usual weeding and watering to be done. Super effort guys – it wasn’t easy in the heat!
Well we have braved almost every weather in Gardening Club this year, but I drew the line at letting the children out in a massive thunder storm. (Although to give them credit, most of them were more than prepared to go outside with lightning flashing down!) So we stayed inside and painted some lovely pictures for our wall display.
However there was some very exciting gardening news this week: we had two red strawberries in our strawberry patch! We drew names out of a hat to decide who would get the first two and A and S were the lucky winners.
Tuesday 19th November 2013: After our hard work clearing last week it was nice to do some planting this week. We had some strawberry plants which had been kindly donated to us, so we put those in carefully at the front of the vegetable patch. We also had a pretty climbing plant to put in against the car park fence. The boys were very enthusiastic about digging the hole for this and I was soon being showered with soil, but it all looked good in the end. Sadly we are too late to plant any winter crops, so we will be retreating inside for some warmer activities until the spring.