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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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 There has been good news and not so good news this week…

The good news is that we have created new beds for our raspberry, blackberry, gooseberry and tayberry bushes located outside the front of the Polytunnel.

The unfortunate news is that some creatures (likely to have beaks) have entered the Polytunnel, when we left the doors open on the sunny days last week, and eaten our peas, courgettes and beans. Luckily we had the excellent Gardening Gurus to resow the lost seeds and transfer the remaining plants into beds.

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)

Thank you!

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of the children who have helped in Gardening Club throughout the year so far. Each of you has worked so hard over the terms to produce the produce we have and maintain our Polytunnel and school grounds.

This week, despite the rain, a few of us went to the Year 3 & 4 Outdoor Learning area to plant some daffodils. So keep any eye out this Spring for some beautiful news flower as you leave school through the back exit.

Meanwhile, the other children helped Mrs Lucas to plants some Pollinator Seedlings which, once grown and the weather improves, will be transferred to the pond area. These are to help the new Holme Grange Bees make lots of honey for us this year.

In addition to this, now that we have achieved our Level 3 RHS School Gardening Award, we have been kindly given a gift for a set of baby plants from Rocket Gardens which will be delivered shortly.

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 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!