Allotment Update – October 2018
A very hot, dry summer this year has meant the harvest on the allotment was poorer than previous years. The plum trees were also cut back last year to keep them at child height, and consequently had very little fruit this autumn but we hope they will fruit well in coming years.
However, some crops have been very successful.
The strawberries inside the polytunnel fruited well before the summer holidays, with many children going out to pick, wash and eat them. Potatoes have grown in abundance and children have really enjoyed digging them up. The apples grew well again and many classes have been out to pick them. Other crops that have had some success are carrots and courgettes.
Our most abundant harvest this year however has been the sunflowers. We grew around thirty plants and they reached giant heights of around two metres. These have been cut down by the children, the heads dried and are now being laid out weekly on the bird table to feed our feathered friends through the winter months.
Spring Clean – March 2018
On Saturday 17th March we held our second allotment Spring Clean. Despite the snow, parents, pupils and teachers turned up to help. An amazing amount of work was done and the allotment is now safe and ready for classes to use. The worms were even set free! Previously they lived in wormeries behind one of the sheds, but they are now free inside the one of larger compost heaps.
Thank you everyone for all your help!
In 2017, lots of pupils worked out on the allotment. A wide range of activities took place such as planting, weeding, reading, measuring, looking at mini beasts, making bird scarers, sowing a wild flower meadow, making compost and drawing. Primary 5 has even done a re-enactment and burnt down their Highland croft on the allotment! A bird hide has been created and younger classes go out regularly to feed the birds and look at them through binoculars.
The seeds for the 2018 growing season have now been ordered and every year group will grow something different in their class beds.
Here are some of the things we will grow: