I’m afraid I’m going to be skipping the harvest section this month because we have nothing left/ready for harvest as yet but judging by the number of flowers and tiny fruit on the strawberry plants, we won’t have to wait long for the first harvest of the season.
What we’ve been doing in our patch:
Quite a lot as it happens. The courgettes, two varieties of mangetout and the pole beans have been planted out into the raised beds and in the poly tunnel around 24 donated tomato plants and another 20 seedling tomatoes planted by the gardening club, are growing steadily. We also have around 9 cucumber plants, a dozen purple podded peas, some spinach beet and a few spare courgettes, waiting patiently for their turn to be planted out. Mind you most of the tomato plants, the remaining courgettes and some of the cucumber plants will be sold to generate much needed funds for the garden.
Over in the Foundation area and thanks to one of the dads, the new planters have been assembled and are just waiting for the garden centre to deliver the compost and topsoil needed to fill them ……. after a slight adjustment has been made that is. It would seem that even though a specialist playground company supplied these planters (from the ‘school gardens’ section of their online shop), they are too tall for the children in the Foundation area and so will need around 4 inches taken off the height of both planters. Never mind, I’m sure we can get a willing volunteer to do the necessary from amongst the parents and grandpas.
What do we need to do this month?
More of the same to be honest. There are more seeds to sow, not to mention seedlings to pot on and older plants to … well… plant out! Oh and let’s not forget the weeding that also needs to be done.
Not least amongst these are the pumpkins which the children are growing for the County Giant Pumpkin competition and I now have a list of volunteers from the rest of the children in the school, to help and assist the Gardening Club members and the pumpkin plants will be planted out during next week when the children come back from the half term holiday. For the most part they will be planted at the feet of the beans and mangetout, although a few will have to go into the flower beds.
The potatoes which we are growing as part of the British Potato Councils competition are due to be harvested towards the end of this month and then the weight will be input onto their website. Hopefully all the rain we’ve had this last three days or so will help create a bumper crop and not damage any of the potatoes which may be growing in the potato bags.
Obviously once the height issue has been sorted and the compost added, the Foundation Area children will be able to start sowing their seeds. We have received a large donation of unopened flower and vegetable seed packets, all of which have long use by dates on them. Amongst the packets were chantenay carrots, lisbon spring onions, a salad bowl lettuce mix and beetroot, all of which should fit nicely into the longer planter, in nice neat rows and then can be covered with the micromesh and frame I order with the planters. I’m thinking a mangetout or some peas and a sweet millions tomato can go into the other planter.
I think that’s about it for this month but please do pop over to Lizzies blog and catch up with the other gardens: they make for fascinating reading, especially when some of the gardens are experiencing Autumn/Winter whilst others (like the school and my own) are in Spring/Summer.