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Pupils at Damers First School have this week braved the cold weather to plant out some onion sets in their new allotment. With the help of some volunteers from Poundbury and Casterbridge Rotary, as well as Lisa from Poundbury Gardens, who is propagating some potato seeds before they are planted in the allotment, the pupils are hoping to grow an abundance of vegetables for their Big Soup event at the end of the summer term. As well as a communal plot, where each year group can forage for their soup recipe, each pupil will also have a space to grow and tend to their very own plant.

 

We wish these budding growers the best of luck and look forward to seeing the plants grow and flourish.

 

Mike

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We enjoy nothing more than supporting young growers, especially when they come up with innovative and eco-friendly ideas for planting seeds. Poundbury Gardens is very excited to announce that that it will be selling Garden Grenades, which have been developed by pupils at Damers First School in the Eco Force Club and Entrepreneur Club.

After researching what people enjoy growing, the Garden Grenade pioneers set about designing their own eco-friendly packaging to put the wildflower seed bombs in, using the school’s recycled paper. They even came up with their own fantastic slogan, ‘Just plant and watch them bloom’.

The Garden Grenades are £2 per packet and all the money made will be going back into buying solar power iPad chargers for the classroom, as well as items for the school garden. You will also find the children running a stall at the Dorset Food and Arts Festival on Saturday 6 August.

To top it all off, the Eco Force Club at Damers First School has been announced as the Best Group in the National Virgin Fiver Competition, coming out on top among 736 other Primary Schools.

Mike

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Pupils from Damers prepare for pepper growing competition small

On Monday it was Damers First School’s turn to receive their pepper plants for our new Young Grower of the Year competition. Lucy from Poundbury Gardens delivered the pre-potted bell pepper plant for class Blue 4 and each child in the year group was invited to collect their own free pepper growing kit from the garden centre which includes a pot, seeds and compost. The kits have been flying off the shelves with pupils now growing their own peppers at home for the chance to be crowned Young Grower of the Year.

On Tuesday 14 July, during Poundbury Gardens’ Chilli Pepper Festival, the plants will be judged by Lucy, who will be looking for the healthiest plant and assessing the number, size and colour of the peppers. The winner will receive The Gardens Group’s Young Grower of the Year trophy.

We wish all of the pupils the best of luck and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours.

Mike

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