Friday, 27 April 2012
I took the opportunity to show them the broad beans so they could see that the flowers had been replaced by beans. They talked about where the fruit would grow on the trees.
We also had a go at twisting some birch to make a structure for the beans to grow up.
It was good to be able to spend longer than thirty minutes gardening.
Saturday, 21 April 2012
The end of the garden can now be seen from the gate. The hedge was chopped down, all the rubble, wood and rubbish removed by a corporate group who gave up their own time to help clear the end of our garden. The children will be surprised and delighted when they see it on Monday. Jim chipped quite a lot of the branches during the day which means our compost heap has doubled in size. A BIG THANKYOU TO EVERYONE. Apologies for the grey stripe not sure what that is at the moment.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Once the rubbish is cleared we will be able to create pathways for the entire garden. The London Orchard Project are coming to have a look at the end of the garden on Monday to see if the school can work with them.
The rain has prevented the children going in the garden but they did go in the greenhouse and water the tomatoes as well as weed out any tiny weeds threatening to grow. The children were fascinated with the gel air vents which open and close in a very scientific way.
Monday, 16 April 2012
The children were inspired to look really carefully at all the plants that were growing. The size of the leaves, the flowers, the colours, the smells. Stones were examined and questions raised. We hoped the robin would return and we heard some birdsong but not the robin.
Children used their sense of smell, sight, touch and hearing they can't use taste yet but it won't be long.
The writing project will continue through the summer term as well as all the gardening activities.
Thursday, 12 April 2012
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
I went to school and moved them into the greenhouse next to the spring cabbage. I watered them and then said goodbye.
The garden needs some children to come and fill it with life.
Saturday, 7 April 2012
Parents then become experts and teach the children.
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Jim gave a 'how to plant your onion' lesson and then all the children had a go at planting one. Two people from Vibe teaching agency used the pick axe to dig a hole to plant another apple tree.
Two parents forked over another bed and put soil improver on so the bed is ready for planting carrots and cabbages. The children took all the weeds out of the beds so they will be clear for planting.
The Greenhouse had more soil improver put in as a top layer so the plants in there will have some good quality earth to grow in. Finally Jim and a dedicated parent put up some of the wires that the fruit trees will grow along. A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE.
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
The greenhouse is now in place and ready for the next step. We are meeting to begin clearing the rest of the site and work out what is going in the greenhouse and in the garden beds. The children are going to be working on tasks each week so all the jobs get done. It is difficult not to stand and stare at the greenhouse and wonder how it got there. The garden is beginning to be a quiet safe place for children and adults to work and enjoy the fruits of their labour.
We managed to plant the fruit trees and clear away all the rubbish from the area designated for the greenhouse.
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
The next step was then to set the garden beds in place.
In July 2010 the garden is blessed by our vicar and we are supported by another local parish, St Luke's, who are helping us develop the garden. Not many people can get into the garden as it is a health and safety hazard at the moment. The children say their prayer for the garden outside.