Welcome back and we hope you have all had a great Christmas!
This week we have been planning what fruit and vegetables we would like to grow in the school garden over the next few months. At the end of January, we will also be taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
Despite the freezing cold weather (including hailstones), we hung out our bird feeders that we made before Christmas. We want to encourage birds to come to our garden and we know that there is not much food around in the winter. We hope that the birds will enjoy them!
Welcome back to gardening club!
It's going to be a busy term, with lots of harvesting and then preparing the ground ready for the winter months. We will also be making bird feeders to keep the birds going over the cold winter. Keep watching this page for all the activities we will be doing throughout the coming year.
Today we braved the cold and ventured out into the garden to tidy up and hang our bird feeders in the trees, to provide the birds with extra food over the coming weeks.
We made sure we removed the empty feeders from last year and came to the conclusion that the birds must have really enjoyed them! Let's hope that they enjoy the new ones as much, particularly because the weather forecasters are predicting it to turn very cold, as the week progresses.
It's lovely to be back after Christmas, with a new group of happy gardeners! since we came back, we have taken part in the Big Garden Bird Watch, in association with the RSPB.
Monday 30th January 2017
This week we have made our own bird feeders, using lard and bird seed. Not all of us enjoyed the feeling of squishing the lard in our hands, but the teachers found it funny watching us!
Next week we will be going out into the garden and hanging them in the trees to provide the birds with food over the coming weeks.
Monday 28th November
Last week the children were asked to bring in yoghurt pots, so that we could make bird feeders. Unfortunately only Joseph remembered! So this week we decided to design our bird feeders, ready for next week. There were some amazing designs - whether they will be able to be constructed next week remains to be seen!
Monday 21st November
As it is getting dark and cold, we began to research ideas and activities for us to do indoors. During the cold winter months we will be creating things to help the animals and birds in our garden. Tune in next week to see what we are making.
Monday 7th & Monday 14th October
For these two weeks, we harvested the rest of our produce. We collected carrots and lots of potatoes. We also did lots of weeding to prepare the soil for next year.
Monday 17th October
Due to the torrential rain, we could not get out in the garden today! Instead we did some research and created a wish list of fruit and vegetables that we would like grow next year. We are hoping to get out and harvest our potatoes soon!
Monday 10th October
This week we finally got out into garden to find out what had been growing. We harvested beetroot, tomatoes and onions and did lots and lots of weeding!
We can't believe how quickly the Easter holidays passed! Now we are back in school and it's the summer term - which means there is plenty to do in the garden! We have added to our schedule and this can be found below, with green highlighting to show what we have accomplished each week.
Monday 27th June
Today we have been out in the garden watering the growing plants. We harvested some of the radishes and checked the potatoes. There were also lots of weeds to pull out.
Unfortunately today is the last gardening club for this year. We have enjoyed gardening club and are looking forward to September when we can harvest the plants that will have grown over the summer holidays!
Monday 13th June
This week we tried to dodge the rain! It is a very exciting week because we have had a new shed built in the garden area and it is our job to organise all of our gardening equipment in it. We also had to plant some tomato plants, as well as weeding any areas of the garden where they have grown.
Monday 16th May
What a busy night we have had! We checked the beds to make sure that we removed any weeds that were growing and were delighted to find that the lettuce, radishes, broccoli and rocket seedlings are now growing. Inside,, the runner beans, beetroot and sweet peppers are all starting to appear through the compost, so they will hopefully be ready to plant outside next week.
Tyler and Josh prepared the frame which the runner beans will grow up, when the seedling plants are planted outside. Aaleah and Charlotte did an excellent job watering everything, whilst Gia and Tally tidied around the raised planters. Saffron prepared the soil then sowed spring onions and cabbages.
Monday 9th May
What a beautiful day for gardening!
We have planted the sunflowers, which the children have grown at home - whose will grow the tallest?
There was lots of weeding and watering to be done today, as the temperatures have been above average for the time of year. We also sowed some flower seeds, to attract bees to the garden.
Monday 25th April
This week we were relieved that there was a lot of sowing to be done indoors, as it was raining very heavily and none of us wanted to go outside!
We sowed runner beans, beetroot and sweet peppers in seed trays. These will be kept inside in a warm location, until the seedlings are strong enough to be transplanted outside when there is no threat of frost. We also filled in labels for the garden beds, which will be laminated and secured to each bed to show which vegetables are growing in each location.
Ms Elliott told us about an experiment that we are taking part in to find out whether seeds which have been in space grow in the same way as seeds which have remained on Earth. We have planted 200 rocket seeds, half of which were taken by Tim Peake to the International Space Station. The seeds were then returned to Earth and they have been sent out to selected schools who will take part in the experiment - we don't know which packet of seeds went into space though. We have various measurements and other details to record over the next 5 weeks, then all the data will collected from all of the schools and collated.
Monday 18th April
There was sooo much to do in the garden this week, after the Easter holidays. We split into small working groups and weeded all the empty beds, preparing them for sowing seeds. Some of us carefully weeded the beds which already have seedlings growing, to ensure the seedlings have enough space to grow.
We then decided which locations would be most suitable for each of the seeds we were going to sow: broccoli, lettuce, radishes and rocket. To encourage bees to visit the garden to pollinate our plants, we also sowed strawflower seeds in one of the beds.
Finally, all the beds were watered to help the seeds to germinate.
We have been extremely busy already, since starting the new term!
We have written a schedule which tells us what we need to do each week and where we will be planting etc. You can find this below. As we complete an activity on it, you will see it will appear highlighted in green so that we know we are on track!
Monday 14th March
Due to the building work being completed on our playground, we were unable to go in the garden. We made sure that the seedlings that are now growing had enough water and then we decided what a good time to design a Christmas card!
The Royal Horticultural Society has launched their first competition aimed at school gardeners. They would like children to design a Christmas card with a gardening theme. The winners will have their design printed and sold in RHS shops, RHS gardens and on the RHS website. Winners will also receive a framed copy of their design, several packs of Christmas cards and a bundle of gardening goodies and art supplies worth £100!
Have a look at some of our designs below!
Monday 7th March
This week we have bean out in the garden to sow some carrot seeds. We had to choose a suitable position (a sunny area) to plant them. We turned the soil over and made small trenches in which to sow the seeds. Once we had placed and covered them, we watered the area to make it moist. We are hoping to grow carrots as big as last year!
Monday 22nd February
Today we went to get the equipment to start weeding. We pulled out lots of weeds and turned the soil over to prepare it ready for planting. We added any weeds that we had pulled out to the compost bin. Next week, we are going to sow some carrot seeds and add compost to the soil.
Watch out for more pictures next week!
Monday 8th February
This week we battled the weather to weed and prepare the soil ready for planting. We also sowed tomato seeds in trays and watered the seeds which we had sowed last week.
It was also time for us to sow sunflower seeds in individual pots. We are taking these home and then bringing them back after Easter, when they have grown into plants, so that they can be planted in the school garden. We are going to have a competition to see whose sunflower grows the tallest.
Monday 1st February
This week we have been extremely busy planting seeds. So far this year we have sown onions, leek, chard and cauliflower. Now that our bird feeders have set, we went outside and hung them off the trees around the pond, to provide food for all the birds.
Monday 25th January 2016
This week we have decided to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, which takes place this coming weekend (30th & 31st January). It is run by the RSPB and they are doing the biggest ever survey of garden birds. For more information have a look at the booklet below, or go to their website.
Click here for more information.