school garden

school garden

Saturday, 9 May 2015

"Do not judge your neighbour....

...until you walk two moons in his moccasins"

A Cheyenne Indian proverb

The garden group have spent a busy few days in the garden. The biggest project was planting up the large area in the Jurassic garden with lots of ferns.  The ferns for the garden had to be carefully chosen as some like shade only, some like semi-shade and some do not mind a bit of sun on them.  The group have gone for a good mix.  These are Polystichum polyplepharium (Tassel Fern), Matteuccia struthioptaris (Shuttlecock or Ostrich Fern), Dryopteris wallichiana (Wallich Wood Fern),  Woodwardia orientalis (Chain Fern), Dryopteris filix-mas (Male Fern) and Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart's Tongue Fern).

The selected fern mix

Another picture of the fern mix

The egg area has been refreshed with more ferns

Decaying wood- excellent for beetles

An inquisitive snail!

Lovely flowering spikes of Camassia

The clematis 'montana' starting to flower

The white flowering Clematis 'montana'

The edible bed all sown and netted over!
 The edible bed has been sown with carrots, beetroots, cos lettuce, turnips and swiss chard.  We have to cover the bed with net as the pigeons spot anything green.

The family of young Great Tits.
The parents of the young Great Tits have been very busy bringing caterpillars to their seven youngsters.  The young birds are well grown and they should fledge by the end of next week. The young birds have been marked with an individually identifiable ring to track their life histories.

The Desiree potatoes almost ready to earth up

The Pak Choi plants are doing well.
This is the first time that we have tried growing Pak Choi but at the moment all things are going well.  The crop is ready in about 45 days from sowing.  Watch this space!

Bird Cherry

The few Bird Cherry trees which are scattered about the garden are coming into their own.  The magnificent racemes of white flowers are set off against the pale green leaves.  These are one of our most attractive trees in the garden.

Finally although not actually in the school garden if you have not driven to nearby Ferrybridge lately a visit is worthwhile.  The carpet of Thrift is magnificent this year again.  It is too good to miss!

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