Students take part in eco gardening competition
The Eco council launched a gardening competition and they have been inundated with photos from staff and students. Students have been tending to their flowers and vegetable patches, and have been learning more about the art of gardening during lockdown.
One student gave this account of their gardening prowess: "As an afterthought almost two years ago, I planted three of the pips [of Granny Smith apples] and completely forgot about the tiny pot for three weeks afterwards. Imagine my surprise when I checked the pot on an impulse and saw two tiny little shoots growing! After that, I gave them a lot of attention. It was early autumn at the time. The third seed never germinated, or it never made it past the soil, and the second shoot turned out to be an Honesty plant, but the first one is still alive and kicking. It's now a year and a half old, almost two feet tall, with a thin wooden trunk. (It's named Pippin.) Then, about four or five months ago, I finished an apple, accidentally broke the core in half and noticed that one of the seeds was already germinating, with a nice healthy root which I had thankfully not bitten through. I planted all of the seeds inside that apple, and a week later another pot was filled. The first pot started to break through the soil a month after the potting (to a thrilled exclamation from me) and soon I had seven little seedlings in one pot. (From hereon in this story, assume the equivalent of one pot of seeds being planted every two days)
I was on the verge of throwing the second and third pots away, because they had taken so long to germinate, but they finally showed themselves after a good dose of sun. This cycle continues, and I stop wanting to throw them away if they take more than a month. So far, almost all of them have germinated.
Fast forward to a month ago, and there are pots spilling out all over the garden, taking up the sunny spots. Mum is getting a little annoyed at almost tripping over the pots all the time, and suggests that I make something that will take up less space, and still be able to hold them all. She pulls up the idea of a 'plant ladder' of sorts from Google, and we decide to give it a try. Meanwhile, Pippin and it's Honesty friend moves into a large pot to protect it's lower leaves from the mouths of our resident rodents, who have a 'if we can reach it and we'd like it, then we can eat it' policy.
We start making [a] Plant Ladder. We didn't buy anything new - the tools (drill and saw) are twenty years old, and the screws are all new. The wood is from a pile that has built up behind our car over the years - even the nuts and bolts are from Cecilia's old mini trampoline from her second birthday. I thought this was a suitable candidate for the 'competition,' especially since I made it during the time in which we would normally be having our extra-curricular lessons!"