This page is dedicated to our school garden projects. Continuing updates will be posted on This Term's Tasks
See How Our Garden Has Grown.
2014 saw the start of our small garden regeneration project, with the kind donation and installation of three raised beds on a strip of neglected land at the edge of the playground.
in Spring 2015, we formed a lunchtime Garden Club with child-appointed tasks to get the garden growing. Lots of activities took place, from preparing the soil to sowing vegetable seeds and looking after the seedlings. Not forgetting keeping a diary......and weeding!
Then in Summer 2015, we saw the addition of a runner bean arch, built by our supply caretaker. Ready for our MONSTER runner beans!!!
We endeavour to grow a modest variety of vegetables and herbs. In Autumn we have been able to harvest and sell our produce to parents and friends, with proceeds being ploughed directly back into the garden fund.
**NEW FOR 2017!!! The BEE-FRIENDLY ARTYGARDEN, ARTYNEST and MEADOW-BED!!!**
We look after our garden by companion planting and rotation. Companion planting is planting a plant's friend next to it. These friends help by keeping the soil healthy and they attract bugs to them, instead of eating our vegetables! Their flowers also attract beneficial bugs that help pollinate the plants. The bugs attract the birds - they need to eat too! Next year, we'll rotate our plants so that the soil doesn't get too tired of the same ones.
We have a wildlife-friendly Wild Wood area, small greenhouse and a compost bin, so all the goodness from the old plants can go back into the soil.
At the end of Summer we planted some flowers, including Poppies for Remembrance. We use the garden to learn about plants and wildlife in different ways too.
We are always looking for different ways of maintaining and developing the garden. We hope to install some funky bird feeders and a bug hotel. We would also love to create an outdoor art area next to it. If you can help in any way, just let us know!! Anything is appreciated!!