If you have any spare time to help please contact Claire Stubbs. Paving slabs need laying and there are always general maintenance jobs to do.
Despite all the rain and very little sun, the allotment is thriving but it has caused us some problems. The slug population has exploded and they have demolished our climbing beans (twice) and are having a go at the sweetcorn and broccoli. The carrots, also seeded twice, have refused to germinate – it has been just too wet. We are planning to replace these failures before the end of term with some sturdier plants which Andy has kindly provided – thanks to him.
Our successes include a good crop of peas which are nearly ready to pick and broad beans which are filling up nicely. The spinach which was grown from seed has been wonderful and has continued to grow even though we have cropped some of it. We also have some tiny courgettes forming so we may have a couple to harvest before the end of term.
Over the last two weeks of term we are planning to have a cooking afternoon with Year 2 – we will pick the peas and spinach and dig up the early potatoes and look around the allotment and nursery garden for some interesting herbs to use.
More work will continue in September but in the meantime I need volunteers to help look after the allotment and nursery garden over the Summer holidays. This will involve visiting the school a couple of times during one week of the holidays to check that everything is OK, doing a bit of weeding and possibly watering and of course taking any vegetables that are ready to use. If you would like to help, talk to me at school or ring me (852835). I will need one person for each of the six weeks that school will be closed.
In The Beginning
To provide a larger vegetable growing area and demonstrate a number of techniques including crop rotation and water harvesting. Initial ideas include:
- Raised beds with informal seating
- Small shelter with seat and habitat panel
- Trained soft fruit along car park boundary
If you would like to help or want to be involved in the allotment, please contact me on 01661 852835.
Please visit this page again to see how we are progressing.