Our Grow Zone at school had survived the summer, thanks to the wonderful efforts of Brian & Anita, from the local Allotment Society, who came in and watered for us. Also to those children in the holiday club who also did some rounds with the watering cans!

We had an awful lot of veg that needed harvesting and we made a start with some of Year 5. With grey skies and heavy rain, we were not deterred and we donned our waterproofs and headed outside!

The first group concentrated on collecting the beans. After a very slow start, meaning we had not harvested anything before the summer holidays, these beans have really come on! We had planted a variety of different types as well as standard Runner Beans. We also had Barlotti beans and black French beans…

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We collected quite a collection and laid them out inside, before heading out with the next groups. This group harvested our carrots. This year, we planted Harlequin Carrots…. carrots of all different colours from white through to deep purple! We all loved pulling these up as we just did not know what colour we would get! We absolutely LOVED this crop and had some really stunning carrots that looked amazing when we put them all together!

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The next two groups harvested the courgettes and marrows, some onions, peas and Beetroot… both traditional purple and a lovely golden beetroot!

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We were all very excited by the spectacular array of vegetables we had harvested and were very proud that we had grown these ourselves!

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The Year 5 pupils are going to use all of these with Mrs Cochrane, on Thursday, and rustle up a delicious vegetable broth!

We will continue to harvest our crops over the coming weeks. We have loads of tomatoes coming but not sure they are going to ripen, so we might be making some green tomato chutney with those!

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