Welcome to gardening at Kilmorie Primary School. We have a wide range of gardens and the children are actively involved in keeping them looking good.
Spring Term 2018
Spring is about to arrive in our school gardens, the daffodils are opening and there are many hyacinth and tulip bulbs ready to flower. This year we entered the London Children’s Flower Society Spring Bulb Competition, the school gardening club grew hyacinths and daffodils for the competition. The smell of the hyacinths in the school hall was wonderful, the children were awarded with 6 gold and 3 silver certificates, a wonderful achievement.
On Saturday 17th March we will be having a School Gardening Day from 11-1pm, all welcome, we will be digging, pruning and planting so there will be something for everyone.
This week we are developing our fruit growing area at the back of the school, we already have raspberries and strawberries growing. With Alan and Valerie’s classes we will be planting blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries. It would be wonderful if this year, after the children have eaten some fruit, we have enough left over to make jam in a D&T class.
Broad beans and garlic are growing in the vegetable beds and after the Easter holidays we will start sowing carrots, lettuce and peas.
This term in Gardening Club we have been looking after the school gardens. In the vegetable beds we have planted lettuce, broad beans, garlic and decorated the beds with purple pansies. We have a courgette plant still producing fruit and in Reception there is an apple tree with beautiful red apples. We have already harvested carrots this term and have been able to collect herbs from our herb garden. We collected fennel seeds and have cropped mint, thyme and collected the fragrant flowers from the lavender plant.
Wildlife in Kilmorie Gardens
This year we have seen a wide variety of wildlife in our gardens, the most exciting were the birds nesting in our bird box in the Wild Garden.
Included here are some photos of children with the wildlife.
1. Stag beetle – Each year we usually find stag beetles in our gardens, this a beetle which is a rare beetle but is most often found in south-east England. We have a site of rotting wood created specifically for stag beetle larvae which live in rotting wood for a number of years.
2. Rosemary beetle – The rosemary beetle is a beautiful bug but is also a problem for us in our gardens as it destroys rosemary plants. It likes to eat fragrant plants such as rosemary, lavender, sage and thyme.
3. Ladybirds – Ladybirds are a great favourite in our gardens, children love to see the beautiful red bugs with their black dots. They are also a very useful bug as they eat other small bugs which can harm our plants.
4. Ladybird larvae – This photo shows a ladybird larvae floating on a piece of bark in one of our ponds. The larvae always fascinates children as it look so different from a ladybird, it is black with orange stripes.
5. Snails – There are so many snails in our gardens, one day we collected lots of snails from our vegetable beds and made a snail home in the Wild Garden. These animals are so interesting to children and they love watching the tentacles appear as the snail comes out of its shell.