We are so proud of our Edible Garden
Since September 2018, George Tomlinson has been the proud owner of the Edible Garden which has brought countless hours of joy to our students. The children have been cultivating a number of fruits (strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants), vegetables (beetroot, carrots cabbages, broad beans, peas, sweet peas, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and onions), herbs (parsley, lavender, oregano, mint, Melissa and yarrow) and flowers (wildflowers, sunflowers and even linen). Some afternoons, the children come down to the garden and spend some time watering, planting and weeding as well as doing countless other chores to help out. Apart from the children, the parents from the Family Gardening Club have been a massive help in keeping our garden thriving and beautiful.
Perhaps the most ‘famous’ attraction in the garden are our resident hens who spend most of their time pecking for food, and a little less time laying eggs, although any that we find are quickly used for baking cupcakes. The hens spend some afternoons on a short holiday in the Nursery where they entertain the children and kids from the Breakfast Club have the chance to let the hens out and change their water in the mornings. Children from Year 5 & 6 have the dubious honour of cleaning the cage and changing their bedding and fortunately they seem to enjoy their job.
A little less well known guest of our Edible Garden are the earthworms which we are looking after. We feed them organic waste from the school and in return, they provide us with a steady supply of compost which we can use in the garden.
While the Edible Garden has been a resounding success with both the children and parents, we have even greater aspirations for the future. Next year, we want to be a little more adventurous and try our hand at some new plants which we hope will grow just as well.
If you ever have a bit of free time, we invite you to the Edible Garden and hope you will love it just as much as we do! If you are an avid gardener like us and have any spare seeds but no space to plant them, we will be very happy to receive them.