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Holme Grange wins 1st Prize in Wokingham In Bloom

Last night the Gardening Gurus attending the awards ceremony for ‘Wokingham in Bloom’ in Wokingham Town Hall to collect 1st prize for the schools category in 2017.

Well done and thank you to all of the adults and children who contributed towards us achieving this fantastic award.

Gardening club hots up

Inspired by the gorgeous weather, we decided to make garlic bread in the outdoors using the pizza oven. We used our ‘Holme Grown’ garlic and parsley to make a garlic butter sauce. The children used a mortar and pestle to crush the garlic and then stirred the ingredients together to then spread across the bread. We then waited whilst the bread toasted in the pizza oven before getting to take these delicious treats home to eat with our evening meals.

The children even did their own washing up!

What a lovely way to end this half term with fantastic young gardeners. Thank you for all of your help 🙂

Welcome the Summer Term Gardening Gurus

Welcome back to a new and wonderful term in the Polytunnel.

Firstly, we have a brand new team of Gardening Gurus who are keen and enthusiastic gardeners. This is tremendous because this is the term in which we can really begin to grow and harvest lots of different plants, fruits and vegetables.

When we entered the Polytunnel on Monday we were very excited – our seedlings had grown massive! We have giant pumpkin plants growing, courgettes, garlic, strawberry plants and radishes.

Before we could begin harvesting, we had lots of weeding to catch up on as stinging nettles are trying to take over our beds. Lara, Emily and James were experts in removing the weeds to allow our plants to gain the most nutrients from the soil. We also had to top up some beds with more soil which Georgia, Maddie and Stanley were helpful in organising. James and Jyran helped Mrs Lucas to plant the rhubarb into our outdoor bed so fingers crossed we will have huge rhubarb plants in the months to come.

We we had a lovely first session this week, especially listening to Emily singing her way around the Polytunnel.

Thank you to all of my new Gardening Gurus and a special thank you to Esha for the photography.

Lots of people tried our radishes during lunchtime today and the feedback was that they were delicious.
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It’s hotting up!

Thank goodness the temperature is getting warmer!

We have been able to harvest our leeks this week and give them to the kitchen to cook us up some delicious food.

We have planted some more seeds this week including french beans, peas, cucumbers and radishes.

 

Spring!

It is Spring! Which means, it’s the time of year in which the Gardening Gurus will be at their busiest.

This week, we planted plenty of seeds including courgettes, aubergines, tomatoes, chives and many more. We are even experimenting by sowing watermelon seeds to see if they like it in our warm Polytunnel.

We are aiming to sell some of our produce and plants in a plant sale later this term and during next term, so please keep your eyes peeled for more information! (Dates to be confirmed)

Introducing the new Holme Grange Gardening Gurus!

 

On this foggy, dark Halloween afternoon, we found out we had had a terrible invasion over half term: SLUGS. Unfortunately they had enjoyed gorging themselves on our salad leaves that we had planted before the half term break.

Therefore, the new Gardening Gurus re-planted the lettuce and cabbage leaves and we have moved them to a (hopefully) slug free area of the polytunnel.

On to the good news, the carrots are starting to shoot and the garlic bulbs are making excellent progress. The boys prepared a bed ready to transfer the garlic next week.

Amazingly, the butternut squash are still growing! The girls harvested some of the larger squash and we will wait for them to ripen and we are now thinking of our next produce to grow in their place.

Week 6 in Gardening Club

Our final week in Gardening Club…

We were very productive today in sowing seeds and bulbs in nearly every bed of our Polytunnel. The garlic bulbs have been planted in separate pots, the onions bulbs have been planted evenly in a smaller bed, the carrot seeds have been sewn.

We have also continued to plant salad leaves including a new addition, Mizuna.

Well done to all of the children in the first Autumn Team of Gardening Gurus. You have been wonderful gardeners and I hope you can continue to use the skills you have learnt in your gardens at home.

Thank you! 🙂

Week 5 in Gardening Club

We had a slight problem this week when the watering system in the Polytunnel didn’t do it’s job, so we had to work as a team to ensure that all of our current produce was watered. After that, some of the children explored the new grounds around the Theatre and ensured all of the new plants were watered.

Our cabbage and lettuce is beginning to grow, so we have sowed some more seeds in the Polytunnel.

After all of our hard work, the Gardening Gurus had an excellent time collecting conkers! 🙂

Week 4 in Gardening Club

The Gardening Gurus celebrated this Monday as we were awarded our Level One RHS School Gardening Award! This will be awarded in Friday’s Assembly by Mrs Robinson so that we can share our achievements with everyone at school.

Now let’s aim to get Level Two!

Beau and Leila started sowing pansy seeds. The other children helped by watering our currently growing cabbage, lettuce, leeks and butternut squash and of course, looking for worms!