Learning and Developing Together for Achievement

Allotment

Welcome to The New Rush Hall School Allotment. Here you can follow the staff and pupils on their journey to produce organic fruit and vegetables through the growing seasons.We are proud to be an organic allotment, not using artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides (lots of hard work but worth it) so that our produce can be used for cookery lessons and in the school kitchen.Have a look at our year so far and visit regularly to see our progress. Get inspired and eat organic!

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May 2020 – Update


Pumpkins looking good, hope we have better luck this year!


Plenty of lettuce, onions and tomatoes waiting to be planted out.


Sweet corn growing well, hope the squirrels don’t get it this year!


Strawberry hanging baskets and tomatoes growing in the poly tunnel


Plots dug over and ready for planting

NRHS Birdbox UpdateMost of the eggs have now hatched, can you see the egg in the picture?

 


Growing fast, only 6 days after hatching feathers are growing (look at how they have changed colour). Eyes are still closed but they know when food has arrived!

 Fully feathered and ready to leave the nest!

Three weeks from hatching and they have fledged the nest, only one solitary broken egg remains… we hope they choose NRHS to nest again next year! Its been AMAZING!

May 2020
Blue tits nesting in the camera nest box at NRHS Allotment
After waiting almost two long years we finally have Blue tits nesting in our camera-nesting box here at the New Rush Hall School. Thanks to the primary pupils (who helped to survey the site and submit a bid for wildlife cameras) and the ‘Learning through Landscapes ‘ organisation who awarded our school with wildlife cameras, nesting boxes and various other wildlife goodies we can now enjoy a live video stream of our Blue tits nesting.


Will they or won’t they? The female was taking nesting material in…and then taking it out!


Looks like she finally decided to stay!  Clearly ‘feathering’ her nest!


We think she may be incubating some eggs!


WOW! …. 10 eggs, looks like a busy time ahead for our Blue tit couple! 

Looks like we will have some great bug control for the next three weeks. Blue tit parents mostly feed their chicks on insects, like caterpillars, flies and adult moths.

 

March 2020
Spring has sprung on the allotment and we have a host of golden daffodils to cheer us up (we need it after the stormy start to the year).

The pond has burst its banks and the allotment beds are flooded!

Fingers crossed the garlic and onions still make it  and don’t rot off in the waterlogged soil.

We have been sowing a few more onions…. just in case!

The Poly tunnel is in full propagation mode with new seedlings popping up everyday. We have already got lots of tomatoes potted up and are pricking out onions and leeks as we speak.

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It’s the end of the growing year here on the allotment. We have had a great year with some amazing successes (an abundance of courgettes, runner beans salad crops strawberries and apples to name a few!) and some equally amazing failures, all our pumpkins failed! We raised a fabulous £650.00 to buy our new table for the wildlife garden from selling boxes of organic veg grown on the allotment and from cake and book sales, so a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that contributed. We have planted out our garlic (it needs a cold spell to do well) and we are looking forward and planning for a productive new year. Oh, and we have welcomed some new arrivals, the New Rush Hall School Chickens, Lily, Poppy and Arianna, laying organic free range eggs!

Some of our harvest, lots of apples, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Carrots, Leeks and Turnips

Our fab new table made from recycled plastic bottles!

Getting ready to plant out cabbages

Bed of rainbow chard

Aubergine in poly tunnel

Salad crops

New arrivals, Lily, Poppy and Arianna.

First free range organic egg laid on arrival day 12th November 2019.

 

We have had some visitors!


A cheeky red fox


Slug Control Frog


Breakfast is served!