Starting the new school year with a blooming allotment

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During last term we spent time planting all sorts of vegetables in the school allotment which we were hoping would be ready to harvest before we broke up for the summer holidays.  Sadly, due to the unusual weather, this didn’t happen and we had to wait to until we came back to school to see how things had done.

We had our first visit back last Thursday and were amazed when we walked through the gate onto the plot at how much growth had taken place.

The runner beans were ready to pick, the courgettes are growing and the flowers look very colourful. In the polytunnel the cucumbers, peppers, chillies and tomatoes are all doing well and staff have had a chance to sample some of these.

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Our sunflowers have reached about 2.5m and are about to burst into flower.  We have picked and eaten the last few strawberries and have dug up the onions and put them to dry in the shed.  Sadly the potatoes and lettuces would have been ready during the holidays.  We dug up the potatoes only to find that for a lot of the crop the worms have been there before us and they are full of little holes. The potatoes which we salvaged have gone to the school kitchen to be used.  Most of the lettuces have bolted and are going to seed. 

We spent some time removing leaves from the tomato plants to try to let the sun get to the tomatoes so that they can ripen.

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We have our fingers crossed that the pumpkins will be ready for Halloween but it is not looking too hopeful.

There is plenty of work to do over the next few weeks and we were pleased to welcome four new members to the club – we hope they enjoy it as much as we do.

Tasty tip:  Runner beans taste good eaten raw. 

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