It is always the case – weeks of not much to do over winter then all of a sudden – too much!
A gorgeous day and a real delight to be outside. First and urgent job today was watering. The greenhouse is like a sauna at the moment so everything in there needs doing regularly but the outside beds needed a lot today too.
We have onions, broad beans, peas, tomatoes, potatoes, runner beans, cucumbers and lettuces all doing really well at the moment. Our carrots have been a bit of a non starter this year for some reason so we may have to re-think where they are.
Anyway, onto today. Imogen and her group cleared a bed for our Chard – Bright Lights, inspired by the beautiful ones growing on the Observer allotment. Amanda’s group took charge of the pumpkins – two different varieties: Hundredweight and Atlantic Giant and my group got the courgettes in – F1 Defender.
The weeds seemed to have shot up over the Easter holidays too so plenty of work there. Our wormeries needed a clean out too so member from Eco committee took all the lovely compost out which we used in the beds we planted today.
We welcomed another parent to gardening club today – Mark. He came to help out and managed to save the day with the leaky water butt! Imogen also came to help out again – I am really pleased that for the first year, parents of the children in the club are coming.
Bits and pieces were the order of the day today as we are running low on jobs now the weather is getting colder (I keep putting off tidying the shed!)
Firstly it was check and water the salad in the greenhouse which is doing very well. We talked about the different types of salad leaves we could see growing and discussed how they had germinated.
Then, we had some more Radar onion bulbs to finish off our bed that we started a few weeks ago. We created our neat rows and 15 more went in so we should have the whole bed ready by June/ July. A couple of worms caught our attention and we talked about insects that help us in the garden like worms and one that don’t like slugs and snails.
Finally, our sweet corn was ready to come out. We talked a lot about the job of the roots and made predictions on how big they would be. Digging deep, we managed to pull them out, break them up and put them in our compost bins.
Getting mucky and worms! The perfect ingredients for a good session!
Meet our worms…..and see how happy they are!
We have long held the principle that we should be recycling as much waste as we can. So our garden proudly boasts composting bins, leaf bins, roly pigs (more on those later!) and wormeries. Can-O-Worms to be specific. We take all of our waste from the staffroom and the children’s playtime fruit and vegetable waste and feed it to our worms. In return, they provide us with beautiful compost to enrich our raised beds with.
We have generally done very well with them – even leaving them to fend for themselves over the summer holidays. So today we gave them a quick check to see if everything was ok then topped them up with waste and put them back in the dark.
The new club don’t seem too taken with them yet but I am sure it is just a matter of time!