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What to do with your seeds & potatoes for our allotment

Posted by K Davis in Our Allotment

Harestock Primary Community Allotment

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR SEEDS & POTATOES FOR OUR ALLOTMENT

Thank you to everyone who came to the “working bee” on Saturday 27 April. Thanks to you, we are ready to start growing!

This year, each class has chosen the fruit and vegetables they want to grow. This letter gives instructions for each different plant – but only one or two of them will be relevant to you, depending on which class(es) your child(ren) are in.

Next “working bee”: 10:00am – noon Saturday 4 May to plant potatoes, carrots, strawberries, mint, radish and cress in the allotment and the internal courtyard.

Potatoes

 

(Leopard & Dolphin classes)

These will be planted at the “working bee” on Saturday 4 May. You can either bring the potatoes to the working bee, or bring them back to school on Friday 3 May and leave them with the school office.

 

At home: put the potato on a windowsill, pointy end up, to let the “stalks” grow. Do not water.

Carrots

 

(Leopard & Panther classes)

These seeds will be planted at the “working bee” on Saturday 4 May. You can either bring the seeds to the working bee, or you can plant them at home and bring them to another working bee, or give them to the school office just before a working bee.

 

At home: keep the seeds in the packet end bring them to the working bee. If you can’t come, then grow them at home (use the instructions for cucumbers, below) and bring them in for the 1 June working bee.

Strawberries

 

(Owl class)

These are currently in pots outside the owl classroom, and will be transplanted at the “working bee” on Saturday 4 May. Any owls who would like to help transplant them can come along to the working bee.
Mint

 

(Koala class)

These are currently in small pots, and will be transplanted into a large pot at the “working bee” on Saturday 4 May. Any owls who would like to help transplant them can come along to the working bee.
Radish & cress

 

(Otter class)

These seeds will be planted at the “working bee” on Saturday 4 May. You can either bring the seeds to the working bee, or you can plant them at home and bring them to another working bee, or give them to the school office just before a working bee.

 

At home: keep the seeds in the packet end bring them to the working bee. If you can’t come, then grow them at home (use the instructions for cucumbers, below) and bring them in for the 1 June working bee.

Corn

 

(Dolphin class)

These plants will be planted at the “working bee” on Saturday 1 June. You can either bring the plants to the working bee and plant them, or give them to the school office on Friday 30 May.

 

At home: See below

Cucumber

 

(Koala, Dophin & Panther classes)

These plants will be planted at the “working bee” on Saturday 1 June. You can either bring the plants to the working bee and plant them, or give them to the school office on Friday 30 May.

 

At home: See below

Chilli

 

(Koala class)

These plants will be planted at the “working bee” on Saturday 1 June. You can either bring the plants to the working bee and plant them, or give them to the school office on Friday 30 May.

 

At home: See below

 

 

At home: to grow cucumbers, chilli or corn:

 

1.         Put some dirt in a small container (a toilet roll inner, a yoghurt pot, a plastic cup).

2.         Put the seed in the dirt. Push it in about twice as deep as the size of the seed.

3.         Put a stick in the pot and cover the pot with cling film – the stick will hold the film up.

4.         Label the pot with what you are growing. If it is chilli, make sure you say if it is “hot”

5.         The dirt should be kept damp to the touch, so water a little bit each day.

June “working bee”: 10:00am – noon Saturday 1 June to plant corn, cucumber, chilli and anything else we have grown into seedlings!

For more details about the allotment, please see the noticeboard near the front doors of the school, or see the “news” section of the website and choose “allotment”.

Kind regards

Linda Gregory

( also known as “Mrs Scarecrow” )

Our Allotment

Posted by harrap in Our Allotment
In April 2011 we started a school community allotment at the front of the school. These photos show the progress we have made. Since June our allotment has been full of fruit and veg! We have picked and eaten radishes, strawberries, two raspberries and lettuce. In April We picked our first peas, broad beans, runner beans and french beans – delicious!!! By August 2011 and we had our first courgette and lots and lots of different beans. The Jerusalem artichokes and potatoes went mad, and we even have some squash starting to grow.
April 2012 also went well – despite the challenging weather! Our beans did not do brilliantly, but the chard thrived, as did the carrots and raspberries. The corn and tomatoes grew but didn’t quite ripen in time. However, our courgettes, leeks and potatoes were quite spectacular, and we are just about to harvest the jerusalem artichokes. We were very excited to be awarded some prizes in the Littleton & Harestock Show this year – 2nd for our potatoes, 3rd for our beetroot, 2nd for our marrow, and 1st for our “Three kinds of vegetables” – leeks, courgettes and carrots! We are now pondering how to fertilize and what to plant in spring 2013.

If you would like to be involved with our allotment, please use the “contact us” page to let us know – no experience necessary and all fruit and veg plant donations welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is how it looked just after we started clearing the garden bed in 2011 – it took a lot of digging and clearing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The allotment is now ready to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caterpillar class worked hard at the first “working bee” to put in the wigwams for the beans to grow up.

And then it was ready for the plants! We planted strawberries, peas, radish seeds, carrot seeds and left some space for tomatoes, beans, beetroot and lettuce to be planted in May

 

 

Harvest 2012

First Prize at the Littleton & Harestock show September 2012

Once the peas started growing, we had to put in “pea sticks”. One of the grandads showed us how.

Over the Easter holidays we all took home seeds to grow and when we came back in May we had all these plants to plant at the second