We had beautiful weather for our Scarecrow Competition Judging and a lovely turn out of adults and children.
We had three winners in the Scarecrow Competition.
In the category "Scarecrow that would scare itself in the mirror" the winner was "Bones" made by Curie class of West Hill School.
In the category "Best named Scarecrow" the winner was "Birdinator 2.0" made by Ian and Ryan Herrick, a father and son team.
The overall winner of the competition was "Philip the Bird Scarer" made by Wendy and Tyler Herrick, a mother and son team.
I'd now like to thank everyone who made a scarecrow and to our wonderful judges, Claire, Kevin, Gary and Charlotte.
Watch the results being annouced on our Facebook page!
On top of all the excitement of the competition we managed to put together the bench we started with Ruth Wheeler, and we finished off the new flower beds. I had started some tomatoes on the window sill at work and I brought them to the Garden to be pricked out. Pat brought down some cauliflowers that she had started at home. These were also pricked out. We checked on the rhubarb and were delighted to see some 10cm long pinky stems! Potatoes that had been chitting for a month or so were planted out and some leeks were planted outside. The leeks were then protected by a homemade barrier against the chickens!
Another exciting Saturday coming up on the 3rd March. We start planting our orchard!!!! Plus the outdoor classroom should be finished.... Fingers crossed! See you next week!
The ground was frozen, the water in the pipes were frozen, we were frozen!!! Despite the bitter cold we moved ice away from the sides of the polytunnel, refilled the bird feeders, moved some scrap wood to make way for the new ramp and had a nice long chat about the exciting things that will be happening in the Garden in the next couple of months.
We did also witness first hand a robin and a blue tit feeding form the new bird tables which was exciting!
Next week, we should see the base for the new learning cabin completed ready for the cabin itself the following week.
The West Hill students are really getting into the swing of helping out in the Garden! They have now shortened the planting bed and moved the last of the soil into the new flower beds.
The students are looking forward to planting seeds inthe Garden after their half term. They have plans in place to grow some bits in the planting beds closest to the chickens. We wait to see what they choose to plant!
Thanks for your hard work guys!
It was FREEZING today! When I turned up everyone was huddled in the polytunnel! It was just those few degrees warmer in there but it makes a huge difference. We turned up with cake so that kept everyone happy!
We then spent the rest of the day constructing the last of the new flower beds. We also tried to break up the soil in the old flower bed to make it easier to transport but soon gave up as the soil was frozen solid. A few plants were moved into the polytunnel to protect them from the frost and the compost was turned.
To top the day off, we put out the new bird feeding tables in the Garden. Each one has a different type of bird feed on it. We have positioned the nature camera to hopefully catch the birds feeding from the tables. We also added some water to the tables which we will have to keep topped to help our feathered friends.