How clean is our air?

February 28, 2018

We have put up monitoring tubes to test the quality of the air in Barn Croft School.  In 2 weeks we shall send them to Friends of the Earth who will send the results back.

 


Year 2 Visit Hawkwood Nursery

February 23, 2018

With the allotment site being developed, we went to visit Hawkwood Nursery to sow a range of seeds ready for the new term’s growing.  We sowed chard, lettuce, salad plants, beetroot and radish.  When they germinate, they will grow strong in the warm greenhouses at|Hawkwood until they are ready to travel to Barn Croft for planting.

Pupils also enjoyed a fun session in the forest area, a bug hunt, visited the bee hives and then made a weary journey home.                     


Gardening Club start working at the allotment

February 22, 2018

What an exciting time we had at the allotment yesterday afternoon.  We needed to clear the Brassicas that were left over from last year’s growing and dig over some more of the soil.  We met our neighbouring plot holders who were also busy clearing debris for their composting heap.

 


Community Day at the allotment

February 15, 2018

Today we had a community day at the allotment. Goli, Minnie and Brian from OrganicLea were there, Max (Year 2) and Ronan (Reception) with their families and Doris (a local plot holder) all came to lend their support.

We managed to make a good start on digging over part of the beds and cutting back plants from the pavement area. sadly, the weather changed and so we headed off to the school to plant peas for both sites.  It was a lovely day, but we definitely need another day to get together more ‘diggers’ to finish the beds.  Thank you to everyone who offered their support.


Green Manures

February 11, 2018

Mrs Duke has been learning a lot from Goli.  We have been growing bean plants, but not as a food source for us… but for the soil!  Growing vegetables takes a lot of nutrients out of the soil and so we need to replace these.  The gardening club had the task of digging over the soil and incorporating these seedlings into the ground.  they were very excited by the large number of worms they found.


Winter salad & garlic

February 11, 2018

The winter salad survived the snow, frost and gales but the poor poly tunnel took a real battering!  The garlic is growing well and our green manures, which are being grown to feed the soil are almost ready to be dug in.


Early beans and pea sowing

February 11, 2018

Reception and Year 1 have been planting seeds with Mrs Duke.   Goli has also been very busy planting with her afternoon sessions in Year 2 & 3. They are getting the beans and peas ready for planting by soaking them in garlic water.  This stops them getting eaten so readily by pests and birds.  They do make your gardening gloves a bit smelly though!


Making compost

February 11, 2018

The gardening clubs have been collecting plant debris to start making their own compost.  They have also collected dead leaves so they can produce leaf mould to feed the soil and growing plants.  We are gardening organically and never use chemicals in our food growing areas.


Pumpkin Excitement!

February 11, 2018

We managed to grow a whopper of a pumpkin.  The school kitchen were really surprised by how large it had become. Weighing nearly 4 KGs, it was used in a vegetable lasagne to feed the pupils.

 


What do healthy plants need to grow?

February 11, 2018

Year 2 visited the allotment to try and identify what healthy plants needed to grow.  They found examples of unhealthy plants and were able to compare them to healthier ones.