Children were shown how to make a pot sink look like a stone trough. They mixed one part of sand and cement with two parts of compost, added a tub of yoghurt ( to attract lichens and mosses) and added sufficient water for a stiff mix. They spread it on the sides and top of the sink wearing gloves. Weather permitting, we hope to make an alpine garden next week.
News:- Mrs Hough was terrified by the sight of a three legged toad! Children from Y6 observed and handled it, then washed their hands afterwards.
We also saw a large frog which made his way to the pond. This one had all four legs!
The children are competing for a prize at the end of term by writing a story about The Jubilee Garden and they have different topics to choose from. Mr Booth will select the winner of the best piece of writing.
Other jobs next week, sorry children lots of WEEDING, it is that time of year!
The Blue tit chicks were still in the bird box last Tuesday and were tweeting away. The children did lots of weeding of the vegetable plot, a very laborious task. They planted sunflower seeds for a competition for Tesco we will see how tall they grow! We also taught them how to take and prepare stem cuttings from a Bay tree, which they all did in turn.
The gardeners have been busy and are now reaping the rewards from their hard work, as the photographs show below. The garden is now looking beautiful in flower and the first lettuce from the veg patch was dug up presented to Mr Booth, who took it home for his tea.
The tadpoles now have tiny legs and have been released into the pond, much to the delight of the children!
The weeds are growing thick and fast too, which is an on going task!
Next week they will be planting the strawberries, kale seeds and courgettes in grow bags. The children have had the theory about taking cuttings and Mrs Lenton will let them have a go at stem and heel cuttings. Mr Lenton will be fixing the insect boxes to posts and staining the Jubilee garden sign again.
An update on what the gardeners have been up to at gardening club.
The children, Miss Andrews and Mrs Lenton have been hard at work in the garden.
They have now planted potatoes, runner beans and lettuce. They have sown radish, beetroot, broad beans, lettuce, sage, coriander, basil and sweet peppers. Next week they will sow courgettes, carrots, peas and flower seeds for the wildlife area.
We have frogs and a couple of newts in the pond in The Jubilee Garden and lots of perennial flowers to follow on from the spring daffodil display.
The gardening club is due to start after the Easter holidays and will run on Tuesdays from 3.00-4.00pm for years 4 and 5.
The chief gardeners are Mrs Lenton and Miss Andrews.