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.
Latest News - April 2016
The gardening clubs returned after their Easter break
to find their kitchen garden had undergone a huge transformation! The new rustic sleeper benches that surround the raised beds will provide a great seating area for everyone to sit and enjoy the garden or just take a small well-earned rest.
The overgrown area at the other end of the garden has been transformed into a wildflower bed and a soft fruit growing area, where we are hoping to grow native wild flowers alongside bee-loving shrubs to encourage those important pollinators into our garden.
In addition to growing lots of salad and vegetables in our raised planters there will also be three varieties of raspberries that fruit at different times of the year are to be planted in the soft fruit bed alongside the very carefully transplanted strawberry plants.
We are so excited that the raised beds have been given fresh new soil containing all the right nutrients to grow a fantastic crop. We are going to ‘bee’ very busy!
The members of the Southey Green Primary gardening club are proud to announce the grand opening of their 5* ‘all inclusive’ bug hotel. The children have been extremely busy building the hotel as well as producing successful crops of potatoes, lettuces, carrots, onions and parsnips and as a reward - eating a bumper crop of strawberries!
It was a triumphant return to our after school gardening club. The children could see the positive results of their hard labour during the summer term and were rewarded by harvesting a bumper crop of plums. The children also measured the sunflowers that they had planted and recorded the results on a chart. At the moment we have one recording a height of 9 ft!!! This plant has not even flowered yet so watch this space for news of its eventual height!
Our gardening club have been very busy this week harvesting the last crop of the season – a great bunch of onions! The children have also been carefully monitoring the growth of our last marrow. Now the hard work begins, clearing the beds and feeding the soil ready for the next season. I think you could all agree we have had a very successful year in the kitchen garden.
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