The more observant of you will have noticed that in recent weeks, there has been a distinct lack of posts relating to gardening. Naturally this time of the year sees a drop off in garden related activity, as crops come to the end of their cycle, the colder weather sets in and thoughts turn to garden maintenance and preparation for next season. But this year there is a much more prevalent factor behind my lack of posts, a sadness which has over come me, an over whelming sense of disappointment which has driven my ‘get up and go’ right out of the country, never mind the room.
About four years or so ago, a willow structure was installed on the grounds of the school beside which the vegetable patch is now situated. For the most part it has flourished in that area and has become a favourite with both the staff and children, offering a quiet place for a child and their friends to sit if, for example, they are carrying an injury which precludes them from joining in the rough and tumble of the playground. It has also been used as an outdoor class room.
Unfortunately, as can be seen from these pictures, it is rather high maintenance and needs regular pruning/sculpting to maintain its’ shape but this falls well outside the scope of my capabilities. Continue reading
Having left the compost and topsoil to settle for a couple of weeks, last Friday I finally helped the Foundation and Year 1 children sow the seeds in the largest of the new planters. Wearing their brand new little aprons and armed with a pair of gardening gloves, the 4 to 6 year olds came out in groups of 6 and listened carefully as I told them what they needed to do and I have to say that they were a pleasure to work with.
With the Foundation Area planters assembled and in position, it became apparent that there was a slight problem with them……..they were obviously designed for slightly older children and as a result, were too tall for the Foundation/Year 1 pupils.
It has taken longer than I anticipated to complete the painting of the Foundation area planters and storage box but all the pieces have now received a coat of wood stain, although I won’t be winning any awards for my decorating skills, if truth be told. Replacement bolts are being dispatched, in place of the rusted ones which came with the small trug and so it won’t be long before we can finally get the items assembled and ready for planting.
The school is currently undergoing some building work and on the last day of term before the Easter holidays, I had been gutted to realise that tonnes of glorious top soil, removed in readiness for the building work, had been trucked away just the day before. When I think of how it would have benefited the beds ….. Continue reading
As I was saying, busy though I have been, the majority of the last month has been tied up with the painting of the vegetable trugs and storage box for the Foundation Area garden. Luckily one of the dads agreed to assemble the items, once all the component parts had been painted but this plan has been stalled by the dreadfully, rusty condition of one set of the main bolts and so I now have to approach the supplier and ask for a replacement set to be sent out.
It’s taking a bit longer than expected to paint the new planters and storage box, due to time constraints and the sheer logistics of safely storing large, heavy and cumbersome sections whist the wood stain dries. Nevertheless, the small planter is now finished, as is the storage box.
I really need to start sitting on my hands, both in reality and metaphorically, or at the very least learn to curtail my enthusiasm when it comes to taking on the tasks needed to increase awareness of, or develop further, the school garden. Continue reading
Every year Morrisons supermarket runs the “Let’s grow” voucher scheme, whereby for every £10 spent in store, a voucher is handed over to the shopper which can then be handed over to a school. So up and down the length and breadth of the country, for a few weeks each summer, mums, dads, aunts, uncles, nannas and grandpas are adding to the total number of vouchers for a particular school. Continue reading