This term has seen the first crops planted on the new school vegetable plot. Back in early October a hunt began for a site for a new Wednesday afternoon gardening activity. After much discussion regarding soil, shade and the prevalence of the agriculturalists nemesis the rabbit, an old plot next to the prep school boarding house was settled upon.
In a very short space of time a group of ten 5th form boys have worked tirelessly to transform this fenced wilderness into a neatly bordered vegetable patch. A three-bay set of compost bins has been built from old pallets, a large shed constructed and numerous raised beds built, with manure from the school stables dug in ready for spring planting. Although there is still much work to be done, the boys have already planted garlic, onions, peas, leek and beetroot with significant plans for future months.
We must thank all those who have donated items to help get this activity started, including members of staff and even the Royal Horticultural Society who have donated 2 small raised beds. If anyone else has any items of gardening equipment, unused and unloved, in the depths of their garden shed they would be hugely appreciated – any condition would be welcomed as tool refurbishment and maintenance is a skill worth learning in the rainier months of the year!