We spent some time in the garden at school on the afternoon making sure everything was growing as it should be! We repotted the tomatoes which are doing brilliant well. This time outdoors for children is really valuable and gives a great understanding of where food comes from. Growing your own food is extremely rewarding and children appreciate it even more.
I’m growing chillies at home at the moment and I noticed the first chilli coming through this morning! I was super excited and I’m looking forward to using it in my cooking. Everyone can grow something, no matter the limited space you have and it’s definitely worth it, you can’t beat the taste and freshness of home grown too – home grown salad leaves cannot be bettered!
At Ulva Primary we spent the afternoon in out in the school grounds, preparing some planters for our vegetables and flowers. The children have grown tomatoes, courgettes, leeks and some flowers from seed this year and they’re all ready to be relocated in the garden. Whilst clearing the planters the kids found plenty of wildlife and aren’t afraid to touch and feel, often bringing me the creature to identify, before safely returning it to the wild.
One planter is no longer accessible to us – ants have moved in. What look to be yellow meadow ants have created their colony in the pot. We happily left them in peace and moved on. The children also found butterfly caterpillars and enjoyed watching a race between two garden snails. All the while our blue tit parents whizzed in and out of their nest box and the swallows overhead chattered.
We also found a moth pupa and are keeping a close eye on it to see which species emerges. The pupa itself had us all engrossed as it wriggled in defence. Hopefully, the moth emerges in the next few weeks before the schools are on holiday, so soon for Scottish children!