Hi Everyone! Hope you've all had a lovely Easter :-)
Strawberry bear and I have been very busy planting the strawberries, sowing seeds, planting potatoes AND sorting out getting a rabbit proof fence built around the garden. Those cheeky hungry bunnies annoyingly ate ALL the lovely sweetpeas you planted AND all the spinach and everything else which wasn't under the net! OH NO! So, instead of worrying about it and getting upset we've found a solution with the help of Mrs Gallagher and Andy. Lucky us, we're having a rabbit proof fence put around the veg garden, horray! It would be too sad at a time like this, when growing our own food is so important, to have everything eaten and we won't give up, so we're SOOOO grateful that it's possible to make a rabbit proof fence. Just like Snoopy says on the home page of your website - it's about how well you bounce. Do you know that I've been a gardener for 17 years and at my other job, an amazing beautiful garden I look after once a week, I'd sown trays and trays of seeds a few weeks ago - they all got eaten by mice!!!! I'd always learnt to sow one extra for the birds and one extra for the slugs - but never for the MICE!!! Oh my goodness! THEN I'd planted a whole bed of lovely cabbages and sprouts, they were looking so happy and growing amazingly, but they all got eaten by pigeons!!!! OH NO!!! It'd be easy to give up, but I'd rather bounce back like Snoopy, so we found a way to help mouse-proof the seed table, we made sticks with string and CDs to deter the pigeons, we've learnt some lessons, taken action, so we'll keep calm and carry on. There are always lessons to be learnt and challenges to face up to, growing to do, the best remedy is a sense of humour :-) cheeky mice and bunnies ;-) they must've thought our veg was really delicious!
What have you all been up to outside? It's very dry! Hottest dryest April on record perhaps? Usually we have April showers and it pours with rain which gets all the plants off to a good start with the new spring warmth. Are there ways you can catch and store water in your gardens? Have you been watering your plants? More importantly have you been watering yourselves!? It's so important to stay hydrated and remember to do this at home like you do at school.
I've got lots of fun projects and pictures to post for you, keep looking on here and do leave comments. It was great hearing about Jed's garden at home, so far he's planted potatoes, sunflowers and quinoa! Can't wait to hear more about everyone's growing journeys and forest school play outside.
Here is a really fun task: can you spot these 4 beautiful native butterflies in your gardens and on your walks!? Keep your eyes peeled. Can you learn their names, write a poem, draw or paint them? They've started appearing, these are usually the first to wake up, I had a beautiful peacock butterfly at home, it was quite sleepy so it sat on my hand in the sunshine and warmed up. I also saw an orange tip in the veg garden at forest school last week!
Happy Days at home! Make the most of this precious time with your families :-)