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We are gardeners!

Today in our garden a group of children have been super busy taking care of our lovely planting area. Firstly we had to weed our planters using gardening tools then we used our gross motor skills for digging, carrying and lifting. As we were digging we came across some insects that live in the soil and mud, so we made sure that we were extra careful.


After we weeded our planter we went into the greenhouse to have a look at what we could plant, the children decided they would like to sow beetroot seeds. We had a chat about when is best to grow certain ones and the affects the different seasons and weather have on the plants and all the different fruits, vegetables and flowers.


The children will be a big part of taking responsibility and care of our vegetables and flowers.  We had a chat with the children about being patient when waiting for our vegetables and flowers to grow and that we will need to keep good care of them by watering regularly for them to flourish. 

From earth to table snack today!!!🥕🥕🥕


The toddlers have been growing vegetables in our garden. We have been watering  them regularly and today we were able to harvest them! We enjoyed some delicious toddler grown snacks including carrots and  spring onion,  with a potato to take home for later.

We firstly picked our carrots, spring onions and potatoes.

Then we washed the soil off.

Finally after working so hard today, we enjoyed tasting our Cart Mill grown vegetables at snack time.

The children have been learning where our food comes from and it was nice to be able to learn and share together. 😀

 

 

Cart Mill Gardeners

Our Cart Mill gardeners have been so excited to look after and water our plants and to see how much they have grown over the last few weeks!

We decided that our plants had grown so much that there was no more room for them in their pots! We could even see the roots popping our the bottom of the pot!

We lifted our plants out very carefully and discussed that we had to be very careful not to damage the roots so that the plant keeps growing.

We remembered that we needed to put some compost in our new pots and make a whole to pop our plant in. We carefully put the plants in and carefully “tucked them in”. Then we gave them a big drink of water before we popped them back in the greenhouse to keep them warm.

Our tomato plants have grown so tall that we needed to pop them into a bigger pot. We used a bamboo cane and tied the tomato plant on so that it grows “tall and it doesn’t break”. The plants were so heavy but we managed to carry them carefully to our greenhouse.

We can’t wait until our vegetables are ready so that we can have  them for our snack!

 

 

Easter fun in the sun!

We have had lots of Easter fun this week at Cart Mill!

What beautiful Easter bonnets you have made at home boys and girls. Thank you so much for bringing them in to show us!

Some of the boys and girls decided to design and make their own Easter crowns, aren’t they fabulous!

Our children are so creative and had lots of fun writing  their Easter egg hunt clues and designing maps to help their friends find the eggs! We had lots of fun searching all over the garden. We were so excited to find our eggs!

We have noticed lots of lovely daffodils on the way to Cart Mill. We decided to plant our own! We popped them in our greenhouse to keep them warm.

We were so lucky the sun came out this afternoon so we decided to finish off our Easter fun with a Bookbug session with Jo.

Have a love Easter holidays boys and girls.

 

 

Crazy Cress!

It was a bit of a gloomy day in our garden today but we decided to go outside and have some fun anyway!

While we were playing, the children chatted about things we could do to brighten up our garden. We thought that some plants and flowers might add some lovely colour! As it’s still cold and not very sunny, we decided to plant something that would grow quickly and wouldn’t need a lot of sunshine.

We had a look through our packets of seeds and found some cress! We read the packet and discovered we could plant it any time of the year, it wouldn’t need sunshine to grow and most importantly we could taste some to see if we like it! The children thought the cress would be fun to grow because it “looks like little trees”.

We had a look at our seeds and they were so tiny! We had to be so careful not to drop them. We found some plastic cups so we thought that we would recycle them and use them for our “plant pots”.

We decided to investigate what our cress would need to help it grow. We had a look at some pictures and saw that some people plant their cress in soil and some put it onto cotton wool! The children thought this was very funny. We decided to carry out our own experiment and plant some in soil and some on cotton wool and then watch them to see which one grows the fastest!

We had lots of fun collecting our soil and getting a little bit muddy!


The children made a fantastic job of carefully placing their seeds in the soil and onto the cotton wool. Then we added a little water to help them grow.

The children made some labels for their pots.

We decided it was too cold for our cress outside so we took them inside where it was warm and cozy.


We can’t wait to see which of our cress grows the fastest!

Which one do you think it will be boys and girls, soil or cotton wool?

 

 

Fiona and the Beanstalk

Hello everyone, hope you’re all well and enjoying the sunshine!
I have loved reading our blogs this week and seeing what my friends from Cart Mill have been doing, what a lovely surprise to see Camembear too! I thought I would finish this week by showing you what has been happening to the seeds I planted a few weeks ago.
Althought it’s been lovely and sunny outside, it’s still a little cold and windy, so my seeds have been keeping cozy and warm on the windowsills around my house. Seeds need lots of looking after when they are beginning to grow, so I’ve been making sure to check on them everyday. Just like us, seeds also need water to keep them healthy, so I’ve been giving them a little everyday.


As you can see, lots of my seeds have started to grow! Their shoots are reaching out of the soil and it looks like they’re trying to touch the sunshine! Some of the seeds are growing so big that they need a little more space, just like we do when we’re growing big and strong. I very carefully took the strongest plants and moved them to a bigger pot which will help them spread their roots and grow bigger and stronger. I made sure to tuck them in safely with a little more soil and gave them a drink of water as they must be thirsty with all that growing!

Can you see the long bits at the bottom of the plant that looks like string? These are called the roots. The plant uses it’s roots to pick up all the water and food it needs from the soil to help it grow. We have to be very careful not to break the roots or our plants wouldn’t be able to have anything to eat or drink and wouldn’t grow.

My lovely flowers are starting to grow too! I can’t wait to see what colours they are!

I’ve saved my favourite for last, my beanstalks! Just look how big and strong they have grown! If you look carefully, you can see the big strong roots growing down the side which means the beanstalks have had lots of food and drink which have helped make them so tall and strong.

I wonder if my beanstalk will grow any magic beans just like Jack had? I hope there isn’t a giant at the top! I haven’t found a hen yet, thankfully, but I have been eating lots of golden chocolate eggs!
Spring is my favourite time of year and although this year is full of uncertainty, it’s lovely to see new life and colour growing all around us and it’s definitely bringing my family a little hope and happiness.

Missing you all and hoping our Cart Mill family can help Val and I plant our vegetables and flowers and bring some happiness back to our Cart Mill garden soon. Take care and stay safe.

Love Fiona xx