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Week 1 of Bug Buddies. 19 children are joining us. Libby and Euan are helping Mrs Murtagh. We started with a drink and snack - we tried some of the radish we planted earlier in the term - not everyone's favourite taste! Jobs tonight included making some labels for plants, making our own paper pots and planting some sunflower seeds, planting some onions and broad beans, and making some hay sacks for our pond. We are planning to have a bugs buddies watering rota for lunchtimes at school - we have lots of plants in the poly tunnel to keep flourishing.    

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This week we took a tour of all our planted areas and put up some new signs we've made, watered everywhere, and looked at what we've planted - Kale, onions, mange tout, carrots, and cornflowers to name a few.We then made some more paper pots for sunflowers - we need to keep practising making them!

The instructions for growing them are:

keep moist, full sunshine, put in the garden when tall and strong, support with a cane. It will flower in August.     

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Week 3

What a busy session we had! The plus was there was no watering as everything was out of the poly tunnel to get a soaking in the rain. We made some bird scarers - tying a knot needs some more practice, but they look great. They are on the raised beds near the poly tunnel. Libby worked with a group and planted aubergines, carrots, lettuce and cornflowers. Euan took a group and they filled up the planters in the herb garden by the kitchen. We also made some more labels. Next week - more bird scarers and fairy gardens.     

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Week 4 and the sun shone! We started off by planting the mycelium that Kew Gardens have given us in the pasturised straw. We are hoping to grow our own funghi. We'll have to be very patient now as we have to put the box in a warm place for 4 weeks. Then we practised tying knots on the net behind the performance area. We needed to be able to tie good knots for the bird scarers we have been making. We also planted marigolds and cornflowers round the pirate ship and made some new fairy gardens by the trim trail. A very productive session.   
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Week 5 - what a quick half term , but Bug Buddies have achieved so much. We looked at the fungi we've got growing, watered the crops, planted aubergines and planted up two new pots for the Year 2 outside area. Libby also took a group in the pond area to take out some weed from the pond and weed some of the path. They also found some newts. Bug Buddies shared some of their achievements at assembly time. Thank you to Libby who helped this half term. After half term we start again with 19 Bug Buddies - some veterans and some new members - watch this space.     
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Week 1

A new group - some children who've been Bug Buddies before, some new children, 19 of us in total with Euan and Mrs Ayling helping. A busy week - we put straw round the strawberries, picked the mange tout, weeded the onions, made newspaper pots for the sunflowers, planted the yard long beans and potted up the basil. We also managed to fit in some weeding of the raised beds. Everything is growing so well as we water each week. The aubergines in the Poly Tunnel are funny as we put the water in the pot by the side of it so the water gets to the roots.

Next week we plan to use some of our willow to make rafts and some tins from the kitchen to make Bug Hotels.  

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Week 2

It was spitting but we managed to dodge the worst. WE picked the 1st strawberries and ate them - yummy. We looked at the funghi - Mrs M is going to put it in the fridge, and the Mrs Aylings classroom. It need watering twice a day and then mushrooms should grow. We weeded in front of Penguins, labelled all the basil we have grown ( its going to the Cherry Fair) and picked mange tout and radish. We sprayed the blackfly with washing up liquid and water. Next week we start our tin can bug houses.   

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Week 3 - again we dodged the rain! A busy evening picking lots of lettuce, a few mange tout and admiring the strawberries, raspberries and gooseberries We planted lots of sunflowers outside Penguin class, and planted gourd and pumpkin seeds in the polytunnel. Euan worked with a group making bug houses out of old bean tines and elder. We plan to fill them and then put them around the school grounds. We teid up the aubergine plants which are growing well. 

A red admiral butterfly spent a lot of the session with us - stunning markings. 

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Week 4 - a busy week! We started by picking and eating some of our strawberries and raspberries. Euan and some of the children continued with their bug houses, adding in some teasels we'd found and some cardboard tubes. We're using the wooden fruit crates from the kitchen to put our bug hotels in. Mrs Ayling was busy with a group of children painting pots ready for our school Summer fete. Next week we're going to decorate them and plant petunias in them. We harvested some more lettuce and mange tout and broad beans.   
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Week 5 

Not many children as Year 2 had been to visit OMS. We were very busy though. First we looked at some moths - Euan was happy to handle them so Bugs Buddies could see them close up. Then we looked at the gourds and pumpkins - they are all ready to sell at the Bugs Buddies stall on Saturday. We decorated our pots, made labels for the pots, finished a bug house and made some bird feeders. Not bad for an hours work! Please come and support the Bugs Buddies stall on Saturday at the fete.   

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A challenging session. It was very hot and the children were tired after a long day and sport day practice. We were very proud of their perseverence though. We made rafts out of willow and string and it was quite tricky. There was lots of friends helping each other which was a good value to see in action. We tried them on the school pond and they floated - yippee. Well done Bugs Buddies - have a great Summer and enjoy your new schools.   
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