Obviously there isn’t a great deal to report at the moment, as here in the UK we are still in the throes of winter, with rain, freezing temperatures and gale force winds howling around the cottage as I type.
Unfortunately the frosts got to the Romanescos before they reached a usable size and so they were pulled and composted. There are still leeks to be had, as well as the last of the Scarlet Curly Kale and I suspect that these will have made their way to the school kitchen pretty soon.
Jobs we have done:
- The Courtyard garden was looking a bit of a mess at the start of the month but with the help of another parent, it has now been cleared and fed. The planters are now resting ready for the next season;
- Thanks to the same parent, the shed has also had a spring clean but desperately needs a coat of protective stain or wax, as it is looking decidedly tired right now; and
- With the grant cheque for the Foundation Class planters received and banked, we have been able to order and have taken delivery of the planters. We also ordered a frame for each planter, along with the interchangeable greenhouse, fleece and insect covers which fit the frames. Two 5ltr tubs of water based wood stain (Protek Beaumont Blue and Protek Willow) have also been purchased and will be used to give the planters a protective coating in due course.
Things to do:
- Well obviously the planters need painting, assembling and filling with a topsoil /compost mix;
- The poly tunnel still needs a good sort out, taking care not to damage the very determined little cabbage growing by path; and
- The first seeds need sowing with gardening club but this will be after the half term.
Over the last term, years 2 to 6 have been studying World War II and as part of this have been looking at the ‘make do and mend’ aspects of life during the war years. This term, the World War II topic is continuing and as part of this they children will be making their own ‘Dig for Victory’ garden.
In keeping with many of these gardens during the war years, they will be using the waste bit of ground in front of the garage in which the potatoes were grown last season. Obviously they will need to dig up any left over potatoes first and will need to measure the space to work out how best to fill it.
It should be quite interesting to see how they get on because the Gardening Club will be growing the same seeds in the main vegetable patch BUT our crops will have the benefit of modern insect mesh to keep off the pigeons and other pest which, with all materials at a premium during WWII, will not be available for the Victory garden.
Research will need to be done to identifying traditional methods used back then and a general plea to the wider community for help and advice has been issued. Overall, the Victory garden will hopefully give the children a real insight into how difficult it was to grow additional food for your family during this time and I will keep you posted as to how it is developing, through both the Garden Share Collective posts and my own posts in the coming months.
So that’s the update on the school garden and I hope you pop back at the end of the month to see what we have achieved during February and what our plans for March are. As for right now, why not nip over to Lizzies blog where you will find updates from the other gardens in the collective.