Growing Kids...

Spend a a year in the School Garden with gardeners Trevor and Alex and their troop of growing kids...

Plant them, water them, grow them, weed them, pick them, cook them, eat them - whichever way you look it, vegetables can be fun!
Harvest Time
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Hooray for Spring!

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Did you know? ...====Spring is an old word with a meaning "to jump" or "to run".About 2000 years ago it was spelled spreng-====

and 1000 years later, when Old English was spoken, the word had changed to spryng or spring.

However, the word spring only began to be used to name the season following Winter in the 1500s.

As the days grow longer and the temperature warms up, the ground becomes warmer and the garden comes to life.

The pussy willow catkins have opened, cherry plum trees are blossoming, there are new leaves on the trees and daffodils and snowdrops are everywhere!

There are a few winter lettuces left in our garden and the late winter plantings of carrots and pea seeds have sprouted....

Time to get to work and think about planting!


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Get the gardening gloves...

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Rake and hoe the soil to aerate it and break it up...

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Turn the soil and remove any weeds...

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Time to give our tunnel house a thorough cleaning in

readiness for planting...

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Checking for tears and doing repairs...
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Detergent helps to sterilize the tunnel house to get rid

of pests and diseases...

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Last summer our strawberry plants sent off runners.

These can be turned into new strawberry plants...

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We break up the clumps and keep the strongest

runner - usually the first one off the main clump...

We neaten the runners by cutting off any dead or

damaged leaves

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There are lots more runners left, so we share them

out to plant at home...

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Our vegetable patch is a shadow of its former summer

self ...

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... but we still have winter lettuces and cabbages

producing winter greens.

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Our peas have sprouted and we have made a climbing

trellis out of bamboo canes. Our peas are 10cms high

already!

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Filling up buckets with compost from our compost bin,

ready for spreading over the beds...

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Tipping out the compost...

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Digging it in...

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Preparing the seed trays with seed raising mix...

Seed Planting Guide

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Marking out the drills 1cm deep...

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Planting broccoli seeds ... approximately 6cm apart

and 1cm deep...

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Preparing the plant pots for single-seed planting...

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Cucumbers, onions, courgettes, pumpkin...

They should have sprouted in 4-6 weeks.

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Harvesting the last of the winter lettuces...

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Sharing out the winter greens to take home...

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Sprouting underway...

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Broccoli and cabbage...

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Preparing pots for the Giant Pumpkin Competition

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Always plant your pumpkin seed with the tiny hole

facing up not down ...

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Ready to cover and then to sprout...

October in the Garden Beds ...

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Plot 1: Carrots and peas

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Plot 2: Peas, broccoli, lettuces, onions

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Plot 3: Peas, potatoes, lettuces

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Plot 4: Strawberries

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Plot 5: Cabbages and celery

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Plot 6: Lettuces and zucchini

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In the tunnel house: Tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini.
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The herb garden

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Sunflowers and Giant Pumpkin seedlings, ready for the

competition.

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Picking...

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Washing....

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Eating...