Latest news - October 2017
This autumn the Southey Green Gardening Club has seen a bumper harvest of every vegetable imaginable! The children have worked so hard with Mrs Gray and have taken home onions, carrots, green beans and parsnips. The fruit trees have given us a good crop of plums, apples and pears too. But our greatest success has to be with something that we have never grown before - pumpkins! We have learned so much from our first attempt and we hope to do to do even better next year. Our work in the garden is not over yet as we have the garlic and our overwintering onions to sow before putting the garden to bed. Well done to our young gardeners and Mrs Gray!
Latest news - July 2017
The gardening year at Southey Green Primary has come to its end with a bountiful crop of vegetables to be shared out amongst the hard working members of the Gardening Club. The weather this year has been incredibly kind and everything has grown perfectly! The children have all worked very hard and are now reaping the rewards taking home bags full of fresh tasty vegetables. This is also the time I have to say a fond farewell to my year 6 gardeners who are always there to take care of the younger children. My job would be so much harder without you, Reece, Matthew, Georgia, Angelo and Beth. Good luck at your new schools! Our fingers are still crossed for the pumpkin plants to survive the summer and the news is…… We have some baby pumpkins already!! My final thank you goes to Mr Lemm who, at a moment’s notice, rushes to the kitchen garden when I need some photos taking! Thank you Mr Lemm!
Latest News - July 2017
The Gardening club is in full swing now and the hot, sunny weather is working its magic on all our crops and the wild flower garden. The children have been picking the strawberries for the last two weeks and we had so many this week that they each took a bag full home! The red onions are nearly ready to be harvested and the green beans and lettuces are really doing well too. In a couple of weeks we hope to be harvesting our first crop of new potatoes. We have grown two different varieties of new potatoes that will be ready before the summer break. Our big news is that we have planted our first pumpkins! The children have already done some research on how we look after them and found out some interesting facts too! We are hoping they flourish and grow into giants!! But seeing as this is our first try at growing them - we will have to wait and see!!
Latest News - May 2017
I cannot believe where this year has gone! The Gardening Club has been running throughout the autumn and spring terms preparing the raised beds for the busy summer months and in addition learning about the creatures that visit our gardens and how to look after them.
We are now in full swing of planting all our vegetables. So far we have first early, second early and main crop potatoes that are looking very promising! A couple of weeks ago three different summer onion varieties were planted up alongside the red winter onions and garlic we sowed last autumn. The bean canes went up over Easter and climbing peas, two new varieties of runner beans were finally put in yesterday! Carrot and parsnip seeds are now sprouting and we will be sowing more seeds in intervals to give us a good cropping season.
We are very lucky to have two year 6 gardening assistants Georgia and Beth who are helping enormously with teaching our younger gardeners the basics. Finally, looking around the rest of the school garden you can see the wild flower garden doing really well. This was only planted up last year and it is already rewarding us with early summer flowers – essential for our pollinators.
Latest News - July 2016
What a bountiful year we have had in the kitchen garden! The children from both Gardening Clubs have worked so incredibly hard this year to produce a successful crop of fruit and vegetables. Their hard work has certainly paid off! Everything that is still growing will be harvested in the autumn term and I will be in over the summer to ensure it survives! The final pictures for this year are of our blossoming wildflower garden. I am particularly proud of what we have been able to do in just a few months and very excited for next year when everything is more mature. I would like to take this opportunity to thank every child that has attended my gardening clubs this year especially to our Year 6 girls, Lydia Beever, Alicia Matthewman, Flora Manu-Fofie, Emma Blyth and Charleigh Burnham who have been with me for 2 years and are sadly leaving. They take with them the essential skills and enthusiasm to grow fruit and vegetables at home. Without them I could not have achieved what I wanted for Southey Green – the creation of a beautiful space for all our children to enjoy. Thankyou girls!! We will be back next term hopefully creating our biggest project yet – a ‘Living Roof’ Bug Hotel!
Thanks Mr Lemm for all your hard work in documenting the kitchen gardens’ progress – could not have done it without you too!
Latest News - June 2016
We are well into our summer growing season of 2016 as the latest pictures of the kitchen garden illustrate. Both clubs have been very busy planting the vegetables and flowers whilst trying to keep on top of the weeding. The weather has been very kind to us this year, a perfect mixture of warm, wet and sunny conditions. This means our vegetable and fruit crops are growing extremely well! The new wildflower border is already attracting our friends, the bumblebees into the garden which was our main aim. We hope to be harvesting the strawberries and new potatoes in the coming weeks and sending home the children with one of our four different varieties of lettuce.
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