Thursday, 15 November 2018
We used a lot of large sticks that had fallen from trees or were left over from a woodworking project to construct two leaf bins. We simply pushed larger sticks into the ground and wove willow branches between them.
Children love collecting leaves and it is a nice lesson in reusing what is naturally around us.
If you have large trees, don't install planters or a growing area near them. The tree roots take over, the beds get shaded and covered in leaves and sticks during the autumn and winter.
Monday, 21 May 2018
Here at St Chrysostom's we have bay leaves, oregano, mint, chives and sorrel. Must get some lavender.. oh and sage ...
It's easy to buy a small plant in a garden centre or even supermarket. Just plant them and most are pretty tough and will come back year after year. They just need a bit of a trim in the late summer.
Producing new plants is easy in most cases. Just slice a piece of root off and plant it.
Sorrel is a children's favourite, they love nibbling the tangy citrus leaves.
Friday, 18 May 2018
Many schools lack green space to use for gardening and may be reluctant to give over what there is for growing. However, you can still do a lot in by using a variety of planters and pots.
The ground here at Armitage was largely rubble and hardcore with a little poor quality soil. The school laid weed suppressing fabric over it and then added a layer of chipbark several years ago. We used a mixture of old wooden planters, conventional garden pots, an old water butt that had leaks cut in half and some pallets stacked up to make an insect hotel. It needs more watering and compost adding than planting into the ground would, but it works well.