Image showing Reception children in their playground
Image showing Reception children in their playground
Fynamore Primary School
Fynamore Primary School

Garden Diary

Autumn 2017

August 2017


During the summer holidays Mrs Hitchman has continued to look after the garden.


There are still an awful lot of lovely flowers blooming and we are now leaving these to die over so we can collect the seeds from them in September.  These can be used to sow and grow more flowers over the winter.  Our pumpkins are still flowering and growing and reaching a good size already.  Raspberries are plentiful and appear to have come a bit earlier than usual due to the hot spell in June/July and the rain.


We also have some peppers and chillis growing in the polytunnel.

July 2017


Lots of work has taken place in the garden this month as the flowers bloom and the vegetables are in abundance.  The children learnt how regular deadheading of the flowers encourages new growth and our regular watering rota continued.  We were also able to harvest potatoes, rhubarb, tomatoes, drawn beans, beetroot, garlic and the last few strawberries.  We also planted rainbow chard and onions to grow over the summer and our pumpkins are starting to grow and develop.


It was also judging day for our entry into the South West in Bloom and in addition to this our garden was on the official route for the Calne Town entry.  There were two judges from the RHS, local councillors from Calne and the Deputy Mayor who all seemed very impressed with the garden.  We also served them drinks in the garden and some gorgeous spiced rhubarb cake that Claire had made using rhubarb from the garden.  We have to wait until October 5th for the results though!


June 2017


June was a very hot month which has meant a lot of watering! We held a tasting session with Year 5 in the garden, tasting peas, broad beans, mint and strawberries - the favourite being strawberries and peas a close second.
Our pumpkins were ready to be planted out and we made caned supports for the dwarf beans.  
The children have worked hard on weeding the veg and flower beds, learning how to deadhead flowers enabling some of them to bloom again.
Judging for Calne in Bloom is approaching in early July and we have enjoyed working together in the garden this term!

May 2017


The garden is really starting to bloom and producing vegetables and fruit for us.  We held a sale of our early crop of school grown peas and raised £12.50, a fantastic achievement!  In addition we have been been able to pick some wonderful strawberries from our crop inside the polytunnel.


Year 5 and 6 and did some planting and are currently growing drawf beans, lettuce, carrots and pumpkins.  


The hot weather this month has meant a daily rota for watering and caring for all the plants growing.  On the way and nearly ready are lettuce, broad beans, potatoes, garlic, tomatoes and rhubarb.  A little bit longer needed for the raspberries, gooseberries, beetroot and radish.


Some of the Year 4's have planted a herb wall and have been learning about all the different flavours.

April 2017

Lots to do this month! Everything is starting to bloom with all the daffodils and tulips (planted by the children) providing colour.  Lots of the vegetables inside the polytunnel are doing really well and the carrots needed thinning out and tomatoes transplanting.  
The lettuces we sowed were ready to be picked and a subsequent sale by some children after school to parents raised a magnificent total of £24.50.  This money will be used towards new gardening equipment.
Calne Town Council also donated some polyanthus plants to us which required potting up and an all round weeding of the garden was needed.  The next few months are the busiest in the garden and we are preparing to take part in Calne in Bloom as well.  
The children are enjoying being able to see the tiny seeds they planted finally becoming established plants providing fruit and vegetables.  Our polytunnel peas and strawberries are nearly ready.


March 2017

Spring has arrived and all the bulbs planted in the autumn are now starting to bloom. 


Peas and beans are now strong enough to be transplanted outside. We have also sown baby carrots, potatoes and pumpkin seeds and have sourced sticks from around the school grounds for our peas to start growing up. In addition we planted some more fruit bushes awarded to us from the RHS for achieving Level 3. This included rhubarb, raspberries, blackcurrants and a tayberry bush.


We also had a good maintenance session throughout the garden – cutting back, weeding, thinning out and watering of all our seedlings.


1 adult and 3 Children planting seeds in the poly tunnel Children planting seeds in the poly tunnel

February 2017


A good winter tidy up in the garden this month, with the addition of two hedgehog homes the children built.  The compost bins had produced some lovely rich compost which we have used in the indoor raised beds for our peas to go in.  Lots of strawberry runners also needed to be planted out into a new larger raised bed.  Lettuce and tomato seeds have been sown inside.

Five raised beds with plants starting to grow The raised beds

January 2017


Busy looking after the wildlife in the cold weather by making bird feeders using cooking apples and sunflowers seeds.  Planting is also underway in the polytunnel of peas, beans, tomatoes and onions.

A bird feeder with apples hanging off with frosty grass behind One of the bird feeders


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