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We are so lucky in Our Lady of Lourdes NS to have a wonderful space to grow flowers, trees and vegetables. We have lovely lawns out the front with flower beds and out the back our Garden Team potter away every Wednesday digging vegetable beds, planting seedlings, digging up weeds, getting extremely dirty but having a great time.
The Garden Club was set up in 2015 by Ms. Merry, Ms. Ennis, Tony and Kay. Children who had no experience of gardening or had no outdoor space in their homes were encouraged to join and indeed those who did have the space. We had a great crop of vegetables in our first Summer 2016 such as salad leaves, peas, beans, onions, garlic, herbs, courgettes, potatoes. We had no success with carrots so we are trying those again this year. The children also made Elderflower cordial with the Elder flowers growing in our school yard. In Winter 2016 we also grew some Chinese cabbage, Pak Choi and even Brussels Sprouts. They were delicious.
Now in 2019 Mrs. Merry, Ms. Higgins and Tony run the club alongside 12 very hard working and enthusiastic children.
In Spring 2019 we had a bit of a dilemma as we were waiting for notice of start date of new school building. The building work would put a stop to our work in the garden. Thankfully we found out its not starting til September 2019.
We have planted potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, peas, carrots, broad beans, mangetout, lettuces, spinach and turnip. We also have some strawberries. We got some seeds from Incredible edibles and then ms. Merry had some. We will pay a trip to Bloom Gardens festival at end of May.
The Garden Club get to cook, eat and take home some of their produce. They bring it back to their class and educate them about what they have grown. They get the opportunity to eat vegetables they would not get to eat at home and they have yet to dislike anything we have grown.
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