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Clearing the Pond

Daisies

Willow Ball Bird Feeders.

Pine Cone Bird Feeders

Willow Ball Bird Feeders.

Mrs Rowe decorating our tree.

St Petrocs Christmas Tree Festival. Our Tree

General tidy up around the school.

General tidy up around the school.

General tidy up around the school.

Making Bird Food.

Making Bird Food.

Sunflower seeds in clemantines.

Popcorn Garlands for the Tree Festival

Our theme was 'Feed the Birds'

Pine Cone Birds

St Petrocs Church Christmas Tree Festival.

Pine Cone Birds

St Petrocs Church Christmas Tree Festival.

Pine Cone Birds

Pine Cone Birds

St Petrocs Church Christmas Tree Festival.

Pine Cone Birds

St Petrocs Church Christmas Tree Festival.

Pine Cone Birds

St Petrocs Church Christmas Tree Festival.

Latest News

Garden Club Finishes for the Year  (27/07/2016)
Garden club has been well supported this year. We have made jam, grown seeds from space, decorated wellies and made bees from rocks.
All this on top of our normal gardening duties !
The sunflowers the children took home at the start of this term grew on well and the winner of the tallest with a 206cm tall sunflower was Teagan. She also took home the prize for the best decorated flower pot. Well done Teagan.
Charlie was given a prize for his continued enthusiasm for gardening. Keep up the hard work Charlie. If there is ever a hole to dig, we will be relying on you.
In the Autumn we will be making bird houses, bird feeders also fat balls to feed the birds and learning about garden bird identification and what to feed them during the winter months.
I look forward to seeing you all in September.

August Top 10 Tips  (27/07/2016)
• Check clematis for signs of clematis wilt
• Care for houseplant while on holiday
• Water tubs and new plants if dry, but be water-wise
• Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials, to ensure continuous flowering
• Pick courgettes before they become marrows
• Treat apple scab
• Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds, and keep them topped up
• Order catalogues for next year’s spring-flowering bulbs
• Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if not given a spring feed
• Harvest apricots, peaches and nectarines

July Top 10 Jobs  (27/07/2016)
• Check clematis for signs of clematis wilt
• Care for houseplant while on holiday
• Water tubs and new plants if dry, but be water-wise
• Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials, to ensure continuous flowering
• Pick courgettes before they become marrows
• Treat apple scab
• Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds, and keep them topped up
• Order catalogues for next year’s spring-flowering bulbs
• Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if not given a spring feed
• Harvest apricots, peaches and nectarines

May Top 10 Jobs  (20/05/2016)
Summer's on its way
As bulbs fade and herbaceous borders grow in leaps and bounds, it is now clear that summer is approaching. Sowing and planting out bedding can begin, depending on regional weather variations, and you can take softwood cuttings. It's also time to get back into the lawn mowing regime, as the lawn will be loving the warmer temperatures this month brings

1. Watch out for late frosts. Protect tender plants
2. Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining
3. Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month (except in cold areas)
4. Collect rainwater and investigate ways to recycle water for irrigation
5. Regularly hoe off weeds
6. Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days
7. Mow lawns weekly
8. Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges
9. Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs
10. Watch out for viburnum beetle and lily beetle grubs

May Top 10 Jobs  (20/05/2016)
Summer's on its way
As bulbs fade and herbaceous borders grow in leaps and bounds, it is now clear that summer is approaching. Sowing and planting out bedding can begin, depending on regional weather variations, and you can take softwood cuttings. It's also time to get back into the lawn mowing regime, as the lawn will be loving the warmer temperatures this month brings

1. Watch out for late frosts. Protect tender plants
2. Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining
3. Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month (except in cold areas)
4. Collect rainwater and investigate ways to recycle water for irrigation
5. Regularly hoe off weeds
6. Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days
7. Mow lawns weekly
8. Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges
9. Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs
10. Watch out for viburnum beetle and lily beetle grubs

April Top 10 Jobs  (22/04/2016)
1. Keep weeds under control
2. Protect fruit blossom from late frosts
3. Tie in climbing and rambling roses
4. Sow hardy annuals and herb seeds
5. Start to feed citrus plants
6. Increase the water given to houseplants
7. Feed hungry shrubs and roses
8. Sow new lawns or repair bare patches
9. Prune fig trees
10. Divide bamboos and waterlilies

Garden Club has Started again this Term  (22/04/2016)
The sun shone on our first day back at Garden Club. We had a lot of work to do and the children set to and got loads done.
The Rocket seeds from the International Space Station had arrived and a group with the help of Mr Plant and Mrs Harding got them set up in the experiment. Another group cleared out and removed our garden shed that had been damaged in the high winds and was not really safe any more.
If anyone has a shed that they are getting rid of or know of a company that would like to sponsor us with a shed that would be fabulous.
The last group weeded one of our larger beds. This is an on going task that the children enjoy and is a wonderful help to the school in helping to keep our grounds tidy.
We have some great plans for this term so please keep checking back and I will endeavour to keep this page updated with news.

March Top 10 Jobs  (19/02/2016)
1. Protect new spring shoots from slugs
2. Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes
3. Plant summer-flowering bulbs
4. Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
5. Top dress containers with fresh compost
6. Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed)
7. Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems
8. Weeds come back in to growth - deal with them before they get out of hand
9. Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain remove pond heaters
10. Open the greenhouse or conservatory doors and vents on warm days

Garden Club and Forest School  (19/02/2016)
Garden Club will be working closely with Forest school to provide a fun active club.
We are planning to start an allotment in the field alongside the forest school and enhance the work we have already started.
The trees we planted along the top edge are growing well and the willows planted by garden club last Autumn are also growing well.
Our first task will be to dig out a patch and prepare the soil as soon as the frosts have stopped and we get some sun in the sky.
Mrs Rowe and Mrs Harding will be liaising with Forest school and we aim to cook some of our produce on the fire pit.

February Top 10 Jobs  (29/01/2016)
1. Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover
2. Chit potato tubers
3. Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and peaches
4. Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep the birds off
5. Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering
6. Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant those that need planting 'in the green'
7. Prune Wisteria
8. Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges
9. Prune conservatory climbers
10. Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter

January Top 10 Jobs  (29/01/2016)
1. Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch
2. Ventilate the greenhouse on sunny days
3. Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already
4. Repair and re-shape lawn edges
5. Inspect stored tubers of Dahlia, Begonia and Canna for rots or drying out
6. Prune apple and pear trees
7. Start forcing rhubarb
8. Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season
9. Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds
10. Prepare a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect them from peach leaf curl

December Top 10 Jobs  (03/12/2015)
Frosty weather has arrived and winds are becoming more common. The sunshine hours have reduced and there is an increase in the risk of snow falling.
Remember to keep an eye on the winter protection and if you have a green house, make sure the heater is working.
It is also the time to prune apple and pear trees.

1. Check your winter protection structures are still securely in place
2. Check that greenhouse heaters are working
3. Prevent ponds and stand pipes from freezing
4. Prune open-grown apples and pears (but not those trained against walls)
5. Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding
6. Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and remaining root crops
7. Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted
8. Take hardwood cuttings
9. Keep mice away from stored produce
10. Reduce watering of houseplants

Jam Made  (21/11/2015)
We have made our jam again this year with Mrs Renals.
The children enjoyed picking the blackberries and the apples from our school garden and local field. Its great for them grow, pick then harvest food. Now they can preserve it and most importantly share with others.
Each garden club member will take home a jar and we will give some to the school kitchen and to Breakfast club. If we have some left over the remainder will be sold at our Christmas Fair on December 2nd
I would like this opportunity to thank Mrs Renals, Mr Bate for letting us into his field and also Mrs White for donating some extra blackberries that she had in her freezer. This has helped bump up our jam pot production.

Novembers Top 10 Jobs  (07/11/2015)

1. Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and beds
2. Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging
3. Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year
4. Prune roses to prevent wind-rock
5. Plant out winter bedding
6. Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem
7. Insulate outdoor containers from frost - bubblewrap works well
8. Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees using grease bands around the trunks
9. Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden
10. Use a seasonal bonfire - where this is allowed - to dispose of excess debris unfit for composting

Press Release.  (07/11/2015)
Cardinham School Garden Club to grow seeds from space!

Pupils at Cardinham Primary School are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.

In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

Cardinham School will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The children won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.

The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the children to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.

Julie Rowe who runs Cardinham School Garden Club, says: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our pupils to think more scientifically about food production and share their findings with the whole school.

Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.

Applications to take part in Rocket Science are still open and will close in March next year or until all packs have been allocated. Schools and educational groups can apply at rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening.

Follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience

October Top Jobs  (01/10/2015)

1. Clear up fallen autumn leaves regularly
2. Cut back perennials that have died down
3. Divide herbaceous perennials and rhubarb crowns
4. Move tender plants, including aquatic ones, into the greenhouse
5. Plant out spring cabbages
6. Harvest apples, pears, grapes and nuts
7. Prune climbing roses
8. Order seeds for next year
9. Last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas
10. Renovate old lawns or create new grass areas by laying turf

September  (15/09/2015)
School has started and we have had some mixed weather. The garden is ready for a sort out and the worms are glad to 'see' everyone back at school. I think they got lonely with no one to talk to through the summer apart from Mrs Rowe when she popped in to feed and check up on them.
We start Garden Club this Thursday the 17th September.
The children will be bringing home a couple of plants to grow indoors over the winter and then bring back to see how they got on caring for them.
This term we will be studying trees as well as caring for our school grounds and running general garden tasks. Our aim is to survey the trees around our school grounds and be able to identify a range of British Native Trees.
In Garden Club our team are Mrs Rowe, Mrs Lynne and Mrs Harding.

August  (10/08/2015)
I hope you are all having a lovely summer break.
During June and July we looked at lady birds and butterflies and to follow on there is a nationwide survey to count the different species that live around The United Kingdom. If you wish to take part then download the butterfly id guide in the About Us section of this page and follow the instructions.

At the end of Term we held a party in our garden. We all got creative making faces and insects with food then eating them in our garden.

July  (21/06/2015)

Summer is progressing
This is often one of the hottest months of the year and a great time to sit out and enjoy your garden. Keep plants looking good by regularly dead-heading, and you'll enjoy a longer display of blooms. Make sure you keep new plants well watered, using grey water where possible, and hoe off weeds, which thrive in the sunshine.
Top 10 jobs this month
1. Check clematis for signs of clematis wilt
2. Place conservatory plants outside now that it is warm
3. Water tubs and new plants if dry, but be water-wise
4. Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials, to ensure continuous flowering
5. Pick courgettes before they become marrows
6. Treat apple scab
7. Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds, and keep them topped up
8. Order catalogues for next year’s spring-flowering bulbs
9. Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if not given a spring feed
10. Give woodwork a lick of paint or preserver, while the weather is dry

June Jobs for the Garden  (21/06/2015)
Summer Arrives
June 21 is the longest day of the year, and the extra light and warmth encourages the garden to put on an exuberant burst of growth. But this extra light and warmth also means weeds will sprout up from seemingly nowhere. Keep on top of them by hoeing regularly in dry conditions.

Top 10 jobs this month
1. Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds
2. Be water-wise, especially in drought-affected areas
3. Pinch out sideshoots on tomatoes
4. Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes
5. Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside
6. Mow lawns at least once a week
7. Plant out summer bedding
8. Stake tall or floppy plants
9. Prune many spring-flowering shrubs
10. Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch

The Competition Day Arrives  (21/05/2015)
Thursday 21st May a group of children from Garden Club represented Cardinham School at a
competition held at the RHS Gardens at Rosemoor.
The theme we were given was “Wonderland”
We chose the title “ Painting the Roses Red” and have worked hard making card soldiers, butterflies
and a Cheshire cat collage over the last half term.
As we arrived at the gardens we were shown our pallet spot and though we knew the measurements it looked a lot smaller and it was on hard standing not grass! This could have been a major problem if Mrs Rowe had not brought everything but the kitchen sink and she soon drilled and secured the collage and 8ft bamboo to the sides of our wooden square.
In a small area, planting numerous plants, the children had to work out where to plant the flowers and place the decorations and after amicable discussions they all got to have a voice where the plants should go and then they all managed to plant some flowers.
After we had finished we then had a look for a place for our picnic. Rosemoor has stunning gardens and grounds and we had soon found a quiet area in some woods to have our lunch.
The children looked round the flowers and grounds talking with the adults and getting ideas for our school garden and projects we could try in the future.
It has been a wonderful experience and one that I am looking forward to repeating in the future. The children are already talking about the flower competition at The Royal Cornwall Show 2016!!
Thank you to Mrs Lyne and Mrs Hill without who the day would not have run so smoothly.

Summer Term.  (25/04/2015)
Garden Club has started the summer term thinking about our competition in May. The children are busy not only preparing our entry they are also looking after the school garden and grounds, weeding, planting and keeping our pots watered.
When we get a break from the general duties we will be learning about butterflies and ladybirds in the garden.

May  (25/04/2015)
As bulbs fade and herbaceous borders grow in leaps and bounds, it is now clear that summer is approaching. Sowing and planting out bedding can begin, depending on regional weather variations, and you can take softwood cuttings. It's also time to get back into the lawn mowing regime, as the lawn will be loving the warmer temperatures this month brings
Top 10 jobs this month
1 Watch out for late frosts. Protect tender plants
2 Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining
3 Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month (except in cold areas)
4 Collect rainwater and investigate ways to recycle water for irrigation
5 Regularly hoe off weeds
6 Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days
7 Mow lawns weekly
8 Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges
9 Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs
10 Watch out for viburnum beetle and lily beetle grubs

April  (25/04/2015)

Sunshine and showers
Spring is finally in evidence as daffodils and flowering trees start to bloom. Expect the inevitable April showers this month but with sunny days too, when you can turn your attention to the lawn. It's an exciting month, with indoor-sown seeds well into growth, and it's also time to start sowing outdoors. Just watch out for frosts…
Top 10 jobs this month
1 Keep weeds under control
2 Protect fruit blossom from late frosts
3 Tie in climbing and rambling roses
4 Sow hardy annuals and herb seeds
5 Start to feed citrus plants
6 Increase the water given to houseplants
7 Feed hungry shrubs and roses
8 Sow new lawns or repair bare patches
9 Prune fig trees
10 Divide bamboos and waterlilies

Garden Club Starts.  (01/03/2015)
After a safety briefing and a chat about the RHS competition the children set to work in the garden tidying and pulling weeds.
We had more attendees than usual as XC had to be cancelled due to the playing field being too slippery.
The children raked, pulled and swept with enthusiasm and managed to get a lot done in a short space of time.
Next week we will be outside doing much the same thing with potato planting and possibly garlic and onion planting.
Please send in some old clothes your children can change into next week. We will be digging in compost and things could get very messy.

About Us

Garden Club is a very popular Group run by two enthusiastic volunteers. We are looking for another person to join our happy team this spring. If you could spare an hour or so Thursday after school then we would love to hear from you. Please talk to Mrs Harding in the office or Mrs Rowe in Jay Class if you are interested in helping.


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Information for Parents

Garden Club will start back Thursday September 15th 2016

Our small shed in the school grounds has seen better days and as garden club expands we need more room to protect our equipment. Garden Club is run by two volunteers and is extremely popular amongst our students. If you have a shed you are getting rid of, or if you would like to donate a shed to garden club please contact Mrs Rowe at school on 01208 821326 (office) or email jrowe@cardinham.cornwall.sch.uk

Meet the Team

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Mrs Rowe, Mrs Harding and Mrs Pemberton

 

"Delighted! She is happy, has lots of friends and is making good progress" - Parent Survey