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Chris - The Garden Man's Diary...

2nd october 2020

AM - Today the heavens opened and we had to steel ourselves for some hard work in the wet.

With the nursery group we discussed what plants need to grow and what everyone’s favourite fruit or vegetable was - Carrots/tomatoes/cucumber!

We discussed the type of plants we had to sow in winter and then got on our wet weather gear and gardening gloves to brave the rain.

We learnt how to measure, saw and screw the timber together and the children helped to carry the sections up to the garden!

Using nearly all our materials we built three large raised beds ready for planting up next time, Mrs Owen worked very hard to get many bags of soil around an obstacle course to reach the garden and line each bed to reuse the bags and not put them into landfill!

PM - With our afternoon group we planted up lots of vegetable seedlings (winter peas/broad beans and salad leaves!) and watered them well, we put them into the new propagator and discussed the care needed to make them grow, we found a bright spot and I explained we needed to make sure they were kept watered, especially on a Friday with the school closed all weekend!

The children were looking forward to monitoring them and taking measurements as they grow.

Next session - we will be topping up the beds with a bit more soil and planting up lots of veggie plants which I started off at Bute Park a month or two ago!

I left some daffodils that Mrs Owen wants to get planted around the boundary of the garden with the children. As the rain got worse we went back in to dry off and have a good classroom clear up!

Bill- The art Man's Diary...

13th october 2020

AM/PM - Oh how it rained!

Yet we were not deterred and went forth to plant.

While Chris was outside getting very wet along with half of the class wrapped in all weather gear, we were inside creating.

We did some warm up exercises and then found some dance moves to the Let's Grow Together song.

We also made some masks to wear for our dance.

later we all went outside to plant some garlic and peas and also two beautiful fruit trees.

21st oct 2020

Today with the nursery group we planted up two big beds with kale, cabbages, onions and broad beans. We checked up on our peas and decided they needed a little longer before we planted them out.

Mrs Owen had planted out a load of spring bulbs around the perimeter of the garden and I had to reorder some more soil as we decided to make a larger third raised bed for our peas.

21st oct 2020

Chris and Bill were at the school today, in the garden we loaded up and filled our third bed and compacted it down ready to take our pea plants. We transplanted them from the temp bed into their permanent home and built some wigwams to train them to grow up. We dealt with a lot of rain again but braved the conditions and the children took a break when it was too wet!

In the afternoon we planted up some garlic with the second group and then dug some hole to plant some trees. We planted a plum tree and apple tree and staked them in nice and strong against a strong cross wind. We watered them in well and added a layer of mulch to prevent them drying out

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