Green-fingered pupils watch garden grow

These pupils are ready for the sale.
These pupils are ready for the sale.

Pupils at Auchnagatt Primary have organised the first sale of produce from the school garden.

The youngsters raised £41.35 at the recent monthly community cafe, when judging also took place in a sunflower competition run in conjunction with the community council.

Head teacher Jill Thomson said: “This is the first year that we have had a school garden where we can plant produce in raised beds.

“Parent and grandparent helpers run the gardening club weekly and all the pupils have been involved in the development of the garden at some point over last session.”

In spring this year a variety of seeds were planted inside and nurtured until they were strong enough to plant outside.

Three different types of potatoes were planted in tubs, as were flowers in between the vegetables to deter pests.

The radishes and first crop of lettuce were ready in June and parents and pupils watered the plants over the holidays.

The gardening club then harvested the crops - potatoes, peas, carrots and lettuce - and flowers were cut to make up bouquets

Pupils sold out the produce at the community cafe.

For the community council sunflower competition, all pupils planted sunflower seeds in school last session.

Pupils took their plants home over the summer to tend them.

On the same day as the produce sale, Bill McLaren and Pat Anderson attended the cafe to judge the plants.

The pupils who had grown the top three plants were awarded gardening-related prizes from the community council

The council was thanked for judging and providing the prizes.