Monday July 25th 2016
Another warm and sunny morning – I arrived at school just after 8am and began watering the pots and planters at the front of school whilst waiting for Colin to arrive .
At 8.30 we went through the metal gate on the way to the wildlife area -we stopped to water the fruit trees on the grass bank by the playground + the seat planter by the classrooms and plants in the nursery outdoor area.
On next to the wildlife area Colin watered the plant pots by the shed and refilled the water butts whilst I filled all the bird feeders around our project site.
After our coffee break we spent 45 minutes starting to clear hogweed, cow parsley and nettles etc from the far copse-when this area is cleared I intend to scatter some foxglove and honesty seeds.
Thursday July 21st 2016
At school for 8.15 am I began by filling all the bird feeders around the school wildlife area- after sorting the bird food box ready for the next work session I headed to the front of school where I planted 3 more lavender plants on the bed by the pedestrian gate +spent an hour watering then another hour weeding and pruning whilst awaiting the Teignmouth in Bloom judges….
Back then to the wildlife area for more watering of the planted pots ,the roses and honeysuckles around the shed ,the seat planter + the recently planted wildflower plants near the base of the steps below the shed
Wildlife seen this morning included blackbirds, wood pigeons, various bees and speckled wood butterflies etc
Back at home I contacted Teignmouth Council re the TIB judging then let school know that the judges will be arriving later to view the Nursery outdoor space and the area where Mrs Frost and Mr Ball grow vegetables, fruit and flowers with the school children…..
Monday July 19th 2016
Summer has arrived- at last the weather is HOT
I arrived at school around 8.15 and began by starting to feed the birds – Colin arrived to help about 20 minutes after me
As usual after filling all the feeders we refilled the bird food box ready for Thursday’s work session then stopped for a coffee break
Gathering gloves and tools off we went next to work at the front of school-Colin watered all the planters and pots + planted 3 lavenders, a fushia and an osteospernum I’d brought from home whilst I was busy weeding all the 4 large flower beds
Due to the weather being so hot we left early for our homes – Teignmouth in Bloom judges are due at school on Thursday morning for their annual judging visit to see the various planting of flowers and vegetables grown within the school grounds
Thursday July 14th 2016
Just me volunteer gardening at school this morning-I began by watering the planters and pots at the front of school
Off next to the wildlife area where I filled all the bird feeders + refilled the bird food box ready for Monday’s work session
Before I left I watered the planted pots near the shed plus weeded out lots more hogweed and docks from near the main paths-all garden waste added to compost bins
Monday July 11th 2016
Lovely sunny weather for another morning volunteer work…
Colin and I began by filling all the bird feeders around our project site ie the primary school’s wildlife area
After refilling the bird food box ready for Thursday’s work session Colin reconnected the hose pipe and filled our 2 water butts again whilst I was busy watering the seat planter by the classrooms plus numerous planted pots near the shed.
Time then for our well deserved coffee break and chat..
Finally we spent about 45 minutes pulling out large hogweeds ,nettles etc from along the main path edges resulting in another 7 or 8 large tubs of garden waste greenery being added to our recycled pallet compost bins in the copse by the wildlife pond
NB Staff and a few nursery children came down to explore the wildlife area whilst we were making the pathways easier to use!
Thursday July 7th 2016
Just me again working in our lovely school wildlife area this morning…
I began as usual by filling all the bird feeders with a variety of foods ie mixed seed, peanuts, suet pellets, sunflower hearts, niger seed and fat balls.
Time then for some weeding -I removed several very tall hogweeds from just below the steps near the shed plus sheared back an area nearby ie about 3 square meters =4 large garden tubs of garden waste added to the recycled pallet compost bins in the copse.
After a coffee break I planted numerous fox and cub, selfheal and salad burnet wildflower plants around the area I had earlier cleared-new plants watered in and cane markers put in so hopefully the new plants won’t get trodden on!
Before leaving for home I watered all the planted pots near the shed + the ones near the playground and also the seat planter (by the classrooms ) which has lovely variegated hebe, purple osteospernums and lavender all in bloom
Wildlife seen this morning included butterflies, bees and several birds
Monday July 4th 2016
I arrived at school by 8.10am and began by watering the planters and pots at the front of school ….
Next off to the wildlife area where Colin had arrived -we filled all the bird feeders around our project site plus Colin cut back the cherry tree branches which were overhanging one of the tables in the outdoor classroom seating area near the pond.
Time then for a coffee break and catch up -Mr Ball brought Mrs Freshwater’s class down to explore the wildlife area.
Due to damp weather conditions we packed up and set off early for our homes stopping for a while to pull out some dead foliage and weeds on the bed in the car park with the compost bins.