Wildlife Watch

Posted by Mr Ashton on May 28th, 2013

Are you interested in the wildlife we find in the garden?

Do you need to find out more – why not visit our website to find out more – Wildlife_Watch_Masthead_withWTlogo_1

http://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/

 

Growing Food for the Future Creative / Innovative Competition

Posted by Mr Ashton on May 28th, 2013

Do you want to win an I-pad for your class?

Do you have a good idea for growing vegetables in a creative way?

Have you got an innovative idea about how to water your growing area?

Why not enter our competition.

You have until 28th June to do your activity and then send us some information about it.

The best idea will will an I-pad for their class

For more details visit.

http://teeswildlife.org/new/growingfood

 

May

Posted by Mr Ashton on May 9th, 2013

Summer is just around the corner and the garden is growing, flowers smell nice and insects are buzzing. Make the most of the sunny days by doing some jobs in your garden.
Fruit & Vegetables
Sow now:
Sow radish and spinach and lettuce outside, and sow courgettes and French beans inside.
Harvest now:
Early sowings of salad leaves, salad onions and rhubarb. Make some rhubarb crumble
Jobs now:
• Continue to earth up your potatoes as they grow and keep them watered.
• The weeds are growing strong – don’t forget to keep weeding especially those dandelions!
• Protect your seedlings and young plants from frosts by using horticultural fleece it can still get chilly at night.
Plants
• Remove the dead flower heads of daffodils but leave the foliage to die back naturally.
• Put support stakes and netting in for perennial plants as they start to grow.
Wildlife
• Continue to fill up bird feeders for the birds.
• Choose some flowers to sow now to attract insects and butterflies to your garden.

Bonfire Night

Posted by Mr Ashton on October 29th, 2012

Don’t forget if you are having a bonfire at home to check it for hedgehogs before you set it alight. Sometimes hedgehogs see the big pile of sticks and think you have made a home for them to hibernate!

October Gardening Tips

Posted by Gaynor on January 15th, 2012

Harvest your fruit and vegetables before the first frosts.

Harvest apples and pears.

Harvest your beetroots, onions, leeks, sweetcorn, potatoes, carrots etc

Store in a cool frost free place until use.

Plant winter onions and green manure crops.

Cut grass for last time.

Prune back herbaceous plants. Dry herbs for winter.

Save your strawberries

Posted by Mrs S. Brennan on June 21st, 2011

To help prevent slugs and snails from eating your strawberry crop, place clean dry straw around the base of your strawberry plants so that the strawberries are on the straw and not laying on top of the damp soil or compost.

Hand picked at school today.

Stop Pigeons eating your crops!

Posted by Mr M. Waller on June 4th, 2011

One of the major problems we have found in the Rosehill Allotment is that the local pigeons like to come and eat our plants that have just started growing. But we have found a solution! If you put some old twigs in the ground and wrap brightly colour tape/fabric around them it really scares the birds away! We also decorate old pots and put them on sticks so they rattle in the air.

However, we have discovered that this still does not stop our friendly blackbird from coming to eat the worms in the garden!

July Gardening tips

Posted by Gaynor on July 8th, 2010

The plants and weeds are growing  quickly now so make sure to keep on weeding regularly.Compost your weeds but do not add weeds that have gone to seed.

Watering is very important this month as we have had very little rain.It is best to water in the evening when the water will not evaporate so fast. Plants will go to seed if not watered.

Now is a good time to plant final bedding plants such as geraniums and marigolds for colour in your garden through out the summer.Do not forget to water them every day

Harvest your lettuce,  raddishes and early potatoes.Strawberries are ready to harvest now. Herbs can be cut and dried for use in the winter.

June Gardening Tips!

Posted by Gaynor on May 14th, 2010

Be Green

Stay organic to encourage the wildlife. The insects like ladybirds are helpful to the gardener and will eat the greenfly, so are frogs who will eat the slugs that feast on our lettuces.

Seed planting

Plant up more seeds now inside or out, try lettuces, beans and peas, herbs  like mint and sunflowers. You can reuse food trays for seed trays or make newspaper pots using a special roller and press. Contact me for suppliers. It has been a very strange spring with a very hot May followed by a cold and damp June. It is not to late to plant seeds outside in a cleared patch of land .This does not have to be very big .Sow your seeds in sucession some this week some next week etc ,so they do not all crop at once.You can grow your plants in pots or grow bags.

Herbs and flowers in pots and containers

Try growing herbs and flowers in pots eg chives, basil ,parsley and mint. You can plant nasturtium seeds for lovely yellow and orange flowers that you can eat. They taste peppery and are nice decorating salads.

Weeds

Keep on top of you weeds and dig them all out including the roots. Compost them if they have not gone to seed or let council recycle them with yout greenrecycling waste.You can get  compost from the council recyling depot at Haverton Hill for your pots and seed trays.

As soon as  flowers and climbing plats start to grow  in the borders put supports in position to stop them falling over like bamboo canes –

REDUCE, REUSE RECYCLE as much as you can

and enjoy your garden this summer.

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The Growing Greener programme was initially funded by Creative Partnerships, the UK's flagship creative learning organisation operated by Creativity, Culture and Education. The programme now embodies a greater part of our whole school ethos and curriculum to provide children with relevant, meaningful and inspiring experiences to enhance and improve their learning.

We are still recognised as a School of Creativity for the Creative Partnerships programme. We continue to keep this title in recognition of our provisions for creative learning across the school.