Another very busy gardening Club Tuesday. Today we picked the rest of our runner beans and then took out the plants as they have finished flowering, we gave the soil a good digging over then planted some broad beans. We gave everything a good weed and water leaving in our pot marigolds as the hover fly’s seem to be really enjoying them.
We also made a start on a new wildlife Garden we are creating at the top of the School grounds near our newly planted apple trees. We started to move the bark to get to the black plastic underneath so we can remove it to make room for some wildlife friendly planting. We will be reusing the plastic to create paths and to build some wee wildlife ponds.
Under the plastic we discovered that the soil has a lot of clay in it, so we dug some up and used it to create clay faces in Lucky’s wood. I’m sure you will agree they look great.
Today we planted our heritage apple trees. We used the money we raised from our veg sale and bought 4 different variety’s
Thorle Pippin a Scottish dessert variety, White Melrose a local cooker, Lord Rosebery and Tomas Jeffrey both Edinburgh dessert variety’s.
We dug some very big holes using our new spades and took out all the stones we added a mix of sand and bark to improve the soil and put in some compost to give the trees a good start. Hopefully next Autumn we will be picking lots of lovely apples.
As we have the wonderful Lucky’s wood on our door step we have decided to take part in The Woodlands Trust Green Tree School Awards. It provides great opportunities to use the outdoors as a classroom and introduce children to the wonderful woodland environment.
Schools gain points for completing environmental activities and progress through bronze, silver and gold levels to the the prestigious platinum award. Today we were working towards our bronze award and completed the ‘Finding a View’ diamond challenge. This activity is about introducing children to perspective, it challenges pupils to look at the world from more than one point of view and show what they’ve learnt through photography.
We are very lucky that one of our garden helpers is a photographer so Craig lead the children in a photography session in Luckys Wood, I’m sure you will agree the photographs the children took are truly wonderful.
We also harvested some more veg and started making a willow fence to protect our new wildflower patch at the front of the School from getting trodden on. Another very busy Gardening Club Tuesday.
Our box of Autumn seedlings arrived earlier than expected today, so to give them the best chance we planted them straight away with a small group of Gardening Club children. The seedlings are the second part of our prize for reaching Level 3 of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.
We also received another very exciting delivery, our new child size tools kindly bought for us by the Parent Council, we can’t wait the get them dirty!
Today we continued to clear out our beds ready for Autumn planting we also added some peat free compost to replenish the goodness into our soil.
We also harvested some more runner beans and chard, restocked our bug hotel and gave everything a good water. We planted our buddleiah which was our prize for having “The Best Wildlife and Eco Friendly Garden” in the Lauder in Bloom garden showcase competition.
Working with Lauder in Bloom we planted some bulbs and sowed some wildflower seeds in a bed at the very front of the School entrance, it should make a beautiful statement to welcome you into the school in the spring.