Welcome to the summer term at the allotment, With the weather being so good all the crops having been growing really well and we have been very busy planting, watering, weeding and havesting. The current fruits and vegetables growing and being supplied to our school kitchen are strawberries, mange tout, sugar snap peas and rhubarb. Before the end of June we will hopefully be able to harvest the first early potatoes, Swiss chard and some raspberries.
Now winter is here the allotment is looking a bit empty so over the last couple of visits George, Leo and I have prepared the planting beds for winter and harvested a few cabbages, cauliflowers and sprouts. There won't be much growing over the next few months so catch up with the allotment blog in the early spring.
With lovely mild weather through the autumn we were able to clear and tidy up the allotment. There was still plenty of squash,courgettes,tomatoes and spinach to harvest right up until the end of October. Steven Dixon donated a huge pumpkin to guess the weight of, which raised over £20 pounds to our allotment funds. Thank you very much Steve.
Wow what an exciting trip to the allotment today, Ben and Amelia harvested the early potatoes and it was like digging up treasure, there were loads of them. Sophie, Crystal and Matthew watered everything which is a big job, 20 watering cans on my last count! Jessica picked and bunched up the sweet peas and Laura picked the mange tout and runner beans. Last but not least Steve did a lot of weeding, tomorrow we will hopefully sell some of the produce at the summer fair.☺
So today Ben worked really hard moving a very heavy wheelbarrow full of mulch up to the allotment and then spread it around the bean beds and the fruit bushes. Jack built a scarecrow, Malachi and Thomas weeded and tidied up some veg beds; Chloe, Maddie and Izzy planted some sweet peas and made sure the baby spinach and little gem lettuce tasted good! It wasn't all hard work though,they did manage to stop for lunch.☺
Today year 1 visited the allotment again to see how much the plants and vegetable, they had helped to plant, had grown. The children were very helpful and enjoyed finding out more about how things grow. They finished off their visit by measuring different plants and comparing how much they had changed since their last visit.
Today some of the year 3 planted courgettes, basil and marigolds. These will need to germinate inside before we can plant them up at the allotment. At the allotment Crystal, Matthew, Bailey and kaidydn worked really hard and helped weed most of the fruit and vegetable beds. Our last job of the morning was to check everything was growing well.
Today, I was invited up to the allotment with a group of budding diggers and planters. We were kindly donated the plot last year and many volunteers have been working hard on it to get it ready for our children to enjoy. Many thanks to all involved with a special mention to Mrs Pike and Bernard for all their blood, sweat and muscles that have gone into to creating the amazing plot that it is. The children enjoyed digging over the ground, measuring out the distances and depth needed,reading the instructions planting and watering. Already, children have been working hard up there to plant leeks potatoes, flowers, strawberries raspberries and blueberries. The sun terrace is especially appealing! Mrs Whalley