Thank you to all those keen to sign up for another year of gardening. All those returning a slip have been allocated their session. A long wait for some, unfortunately, due to the high demand for limited places. A waiting list will be in operation for any spaces that may arise throughout the year. Please leave your name with the office staff if you are keen to join in.
The 2017/18 dates are as follows;
Term 2: Monday 6th November, 13th November, 20th November, 27th November & 4th December
Term 4: Monday 20th February, 5th March, 12th March, 19th March & 26th March
Term5: Monday 23rd April, 30th April, 14th May & 21st May
Term 6: Monday 11th June, 18th June, 25th June, 2nd July & 9th July.
We look forward to another year of exploring, experimenting, trialling and discovering old and new ways of growing a range of fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs and crops.
Pumkins in our garden – one of the 3 sisters…
Everyone worked very hard tonight to prepare our gardens for our annual feast next week. We Can’t wait to harvest our beans and fruits and turn them into a tasty snack.
Miraculous roots. Searching for water and absorbing the nutrients from the soil. It’s very interesting comparing the different shapes and sizes in different plants.
Surveying the pond for living things. The newts are in there somewhere!
A great surprise visitor helped us get through a mountain of things to do tonight. Meryl’s wealth of gardening experience really inspires us all. From picking our beautiful strawberries and peas to weeding our 3 American Sisters (beans, sweetcorn and pumpkin) our first session of the term soon flew by.
Meryl very kindly brought us along a very special Rose catalogue which we will use to pick a rambling rose to grow over our garden fence. She taught us how to make a very good plant fertiliser from our comfrey plants and told us that Northamptonshire soil is perfect for roses because it’s got a lot of iron in it. We also found out that dragonfly babies are called leatherbacks and eat many of our vegetable roots.
Planting lots of fragile and strongly scented basil seedlings around our tomatoes and sweetcorn plants was a very popular task.
Neat and Tidy
Week 2 found us spring cleaning the garden storage areas and weeding out plants that are taking over!
Our plants need so much water to help them survive this heatwave.
The Kamut wheat seeds are developing well.
Ash seeds are still on the tree from last Autumn.
Upgrading our bug hotel with some fresh straw. We wonder if that will attract any more living things?
Last year Mrs Smith’s pear tree produced its first 2 fruits. This year it looks so much more productive. young pears are appearing all over the branches. The insects have been very busy pollinators on the beautiful pear blossom we saw in Spring.
Very delicate work was the order of the day tonight in gardening club. After very disappointing growth of our wheat we decided to replace the small tillering variety (maybe they were overcrowded) with our big strong Kamut seedlings. We grew the Kamut wheat very successfully in a large plastic window box for 3 weeks. It will be interesting to see if they thrive in the garden after being moved!
We were delighted to welcome a teacher from Corby to view our gardens and share some seeds to follow in the footprints of The Little Red Hen with her reception class who are equally excited to be sowing their first grain! It will be really interesting to compare notes with a local school. We will both be sowing our wheat seeds this week and can’t wait to see how they grow!