Since our Climate Friendly Gardeners scheme started, we have had a great relationship with our local primary school - Robert Shaw Primary. One of the great traditions we have developed is for pupils to start their Year 5 with a visit to us to harvest tomatoes and create a meal with them on site. Then in the Spring, they come and plant up tomatoes to provide a chance for the following year's pupils to do the same. This year, we're carrying on the tradition, and today was the first visit of 2, as there are 2 Year 5 classes at the school.
|Planting the all-important tomatoes
The class split off into 4, with 2 of the groups weeding, whilst the others planted either tomatoes or sweetcorn. "Planting tomatoes" also included planting up hanging baskets, which we're keen to try so that we use the roof space too. The main tomato area is the polytunnel, but we'll also be planting outside as well, so it will be interestng to compare.
|Jade helped her groups to set up hanging basket tomatoes
|We do this on the cheap with plastic bag liners.
|Jade shows off the completed hanging baskets
|New volunteer Lizzy led the weeding team.
|Trying out the tip tap for the clean up afterwards
One we had said goodbye to the class, we welcomed by volunteer Edith, who arrived with hot fruit pancakes and immediately got involved in helping, so we got loads done. Sadly, the afternoon class were put off by torrential rain and hail, but we'll hopefully see them after half-term.
Thanks to everyone for the big planting, and all the hard work. Now fingers crossed for the weather to make it all grow!