With the weather finally picking up and the soil warming up, we were able to get planting in our Grow Zone beds. Each class has responsibility for an area of our Grow Zone. This means, they plant it, water it, weed it and harvest whatever we manage to grow there! Some of the Year 3 classes had already planted some peas and beans as part of their topic work and other pupils had planted seeds in our green house. Some were ready to go outside.

Two pupils accompanied WildlifeKate to Dobbies to purchase some starter veg plants.

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Different groups of children worked with WildlifeKate and started to plant up their beds. Some plants were still quite tiny and we had to be really careful with them as we planted them.

We also planted some seeds. So we knew where they were, we ran a string from one side of the bed to the other and planted the seeds along that. We are going to have to look after these by watering them regularly.

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Over the next few weeks, more and more will be added to our Grow Zone and, if the lovely sunny weather, with showers continues, then our plants will all start growing and we will be harvesting some stuff after half term.

So far, groups have planted: spinach, golden beetroot, carrots, potatoes, beans, peas, radish. onion as well as some flowers that are growing in our greenhouse.

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Next week, after their SATs, the Year 6 pupils will be working on their Grow Zone beds and getting them all planted up. In this area, we have a selection of bee hotels.

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These hotels have lots of different holes in, to attract solitary bees. These bees don’t sting so it is safe to go up close and watch them. The females go into the tubes and lay an egg. They then collect nectar and pollen and cover the egg. This is the food the egg will need when it hatches. `They then build a little door. Most of our bees are red mason bees and they build a door out of mud. Different species use different materials. The bee then repeats the process until it gets to the front of the tube. They can make lots of little chambers inside. The eggs then hatch and the little larvae eat all the nectar and pollen and then turn into a pupae. They stay like this, in their little ‘room’ until the following spring when they chew their way out!

WildlifeKate’s friend made us a very special Bee Hotel that we can slide out’ drawers’ where the tubes are. We can watch the bees build their chambers inside as there is a window! Last year, nothing nested in there… this year, we are delighted to see that a bee has started already!! This is going to be fascinating to watch!

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The next few months should be exciting in our Grow Zone!