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Our Vegetable Patch

The children of Markethill Primary School have certainly reaped what they have sown. At the end of June, with the help of Hartyculture, three new raised beds were created in the school grounds and children from all classes planted them out with a variety of different vegetables, including potatoes, pumpkins, beetroot, celery and an assortment of herbs. The school’s Eco Committee had a great time harvesting the crop. The turnips certainly reminded them of the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and the eight potato containers, made from recycled tyres, produced a bumper crop. Some of the crops proved very popular with the local wildlife as the hungry caterpillars eat their way through all the cabbages. However as we are also trying to encourage wildlife into the school grounds we could not complain too much.


After harvesting, the children helped the school canteen staff to wash and prepare the vegetables for dinner time. The children all agreed that they were the tastiest vegetables they had ever eaten.


Mrs Hughes, the teacher representative on the school’s Eco Committee, said that it was very important that children develop an understanding of where their food comes from and this project has helped them to experience the whole process from start to finish. Mrs Hughes would also like to say a big thank you to all the parents who helped raise money for the vegetable raised beds by bringing in old clothes to be recycled. Markethill Primary School can certainly regard themselves as a ‘green’ school.
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