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Bramble Brae primary school garden is looking good for the pupils coming back on Tuesday. Thanks to the local families that helped with this over the holidays.

It’s always a pleasure spending time at the Cummings Park Community Flat and we got a nice tour of their garden, admiring lots of stuff growing well there.

We gave away some of our allotment grown Charlottes, Red Dukes and Casablanca, as well as the last of our rhubarb to today’s Agency Day visitors.

Our Red Duke of York was lifted as a first early last month. We got over 2kg from the seed potatoes but did have a bit of potato scab on the ones from our containers as you can see on the second photo.
The ones from our allotment were much better, the third photo is a take from 2 seeds. We left the rest in the ground and cut the shaws off about three weeks later so will lift some this weekend and let you know if there is any difference in size and quantity or not.

We finally have a picture of our school garden project banner.

One Seed Forward and the University of Aberdeen are “Cultivating Education” in local school gardens!

King Edward Primary School, Banff

King Edward took part in our seed potato project this year and Audrey sent us some photos of them harvesting their tatties.

They have decided to give them to Trinity Chruch, Banff who are going to make a tattie salad with them and share it out in the whole community in Banff at a fun day they have planned for this Saturday.

How great is that? Well done to all the pupils 😄👍

Bramble Brae Primary School

We have had a lot of fun with the pupils at Bramble Brae Primary School this year as part of our OSF School Garden Project.
Yesterday they harvested peas, beetroot, lettuce, onions, kale and a lot of potatoes. In total they got 224 Maris Bard and Red Duke of York from 17 seed potatoes, with a total weight of 10kg!
Everyone got to take some home and they demonstrated true community spirit by sharing these with other pupils and staff. Well done and big thanks to Miss Leckey and her class for designing and creating the garden and helping in the development of our school educational programme. And for all your hard work and ideas!

After harvesting potatoes

Before harvesting……

Potatoes on 24/6/18

Here is an update on our potatoes in containers, boxes, buckets and bags! It won’t be long until we start lifting our first earlies – stay tuned!

Potatoes at 6/5/18

Here is an update on how our seed potatoes in bags and containers are doing. Planted five weeks ago, the first earlies are coming on well whilst the others are of course a bit slower.
After taking these photos we covered all of the leaves with more compost. We also watered once the new compost was in given the heat this weekend.

Building a compost bin

As part of our School Garden Project we built a compost bin at Woodside Primary from recycled pallets. It is easy to do – just follow our step by step instructions!

Get 4 pallets of equal size and remove the posts from 3 of them. The one with posts will be the back of the bin

Remove the blocks from the posts to leave pieces of wood

Attach a panel to the side by drilling holes and screwing together. The blocks can be used to make the posts stronger by placing screws into these

Drill holes to make it easier to screw the panels together

Attach the pieces of wood you have left over to the side and also to the front. This will be used to create the front door of the bin

The finished bin with its front door

 

OSF volunteers John And Adrian who did all the hard work!

Our new bin at home in the Woodside Primary School garden

 

Planting 2/4/18

We’ve planted! We decided to go for it on Easter Monday and our container growing seed potatoes are in. As an experiment we have used a variety of containers this season including a cardboard box, bucket, specialist potato sack as well as the recycled ACC bags that were so good last year.
The cardboard box has been well soaked due to the heavy rain all week so let’s hope it dries out a little bit over the next few weeks and stays in one piece.
This year instead of adding mushroom compost we are trying chicken pellets added to our multi purpose compost to see how the seed potatoes get on.
Let’s see your photos and we will keep you posted with how ours are doing. Hopefully we will get our allotment ones in in the next few days.

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