The Harewood Learning team have this Monday begun work on the Harewood Learning Garden, and have learnt first hand the hard work of gardening!
Our aims of the first gardening session were to clear the corner of the garden ready for our pond area to be built, and begin work on our habitat pile. The corner of the garden in the picture below is going to be where we dig our pond, so the first job of the day was to clear everything from this corner, before any digging could begin. After raking leaves up from the area to become our pond, we soon came up against a large barrier in the form of a very troublesome shrub called a Philadelphus. With very deep roots, this shrub was well and truly rooted in the ground, and consequently delayed our preparation of the pond area, as we were unable to remove it!
The Philadelphus shrub, which needed to be removed before the digging of the pond could begin
All the leaves raked from the area and the Philadelphus shrub still not removed!
After battling with the Philadelphus shrub, our next job in the garden was to rake the many dead leaves that had fallen in the flower beds. This was a long job, as the piles of leaves were very deep, and we had been told to watch out for toads, who liked the damp piles of dead leaves!
The flowerbeds of the Learning Garden, ready for raking
All the leaves we raked had to be collected, as we would be using them to make our habitat pile, in another area of the garden.
For the habitat pile, we needed to rake all the leaves into a very large mound, in our wilderness garden. Once the leaves were all in a pile, we gathered lots of branches and twigs from the garden, and laid them on top of the leaf pile, to creat our habitat pile, which we will continue to add to next week.
Further progress on the garden to follow…
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