Mindful that not every child would like plums, we also picked a handful of cherry tomatoes and the last few pea pods to try and ensure that each older child had the chance of a snack from the garden. As it turned out there was actually enough for even the year 2 children (who share a class with 3 and 4) to have a second piece of fruit. All in all a very successful and rewarding day. Continue reading
There are a tonne of jobs that need doing out in my garden and yet I can’t seem to muster up the energy to get out there and do anything about it. I think it’s to do with the fact that all the jobs involve digging out my summer crops and leaving the beds empty, thereby signalling the end of the summer. I have made a very half hearted start but I really must get out there and do the necessary works or else I won’t be able to feed the beds or, more importantly, prepare my long bed for its’ winter inhabitants: Cabbages and cauliflowers. Continue reading
With the established plum tree in the school vegetable patch, groaning under the strain of so many fruit, it was a bit of a conundrum just how on earth we were going to harvest them. All the plums on the lower ‘easier to reach’ branches had already been picked and enjoyed as a snack by the children but position of the tree next to the fence and beside the shed and compost bins, not to mention the dreadfully brittle state of its’ branches led to a good deal of head scratching. Continue reading
Yesterday was an exciting one for the school garden, as it managed to supply snack items for the whole of years 3, 4, 5 and 6! Children aged 4 to 6 which includes Foundation, year 1 and some of year 2, get free fruit or vegetables as a snack every morning which is a national initiative but children aged 7 and older have to bring their own snack item. So it was a great feeling when another mum and I managed to get 37 lovely ripe plums off the lower branches of the plum tree that lives in the bottom corner of the vegetable patch.