The tribulations of school gardening
School gardening is not always ladybirds and teddy bears. For one, I only got the OK with funding in February this year and have had to fight to get money released for materials or go out of my way to aquire them myself. Its been a mixed result of hard work (mine), money (theirs) and money (mine). Mixed results ensued. Some areas recieved more attention than others when it comes to preparing the soil. When the council delivered the soil for the raised beds, it was so poor and sandy that it was packed full of stones and even broken glass!!
Kids + broken glass = not good.
Anyway, I got through the worst and most things are doing very well. There are the odd places where things arent thriving as well as they should:
The tomatoes are obviously going through tough times. Being a student myself, Ive been too poor to buy tomato feed and there is no one at school to pay for anything. Sigh…lesson learned for next year.
Same with the squash. We didnt prepare the soil well enough and now they are suffering. I reckon I’ll look under the sofa for loose change. They need feeding the poor suckers! Plus the kids need pumpkins when they get back from holiday.
Oddly, I have strange sweetcorn mutants. They have side stems producing these mutand ears that have both male and female parts. The husks come off by themselves revealing odd shaped kernels. Could it be the poor soil? Who knows? Any ideas? Edible?
- 7 Aug, 2009
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