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Planting

We have been so proud of how the staff and children have embraced the planting!  The children have loved sowing their lettuce seeds and making sure they are watered and taken care of.

 

 

‘Crazy Cress’ Competition

 

The ‘Crazy Cress’ competition has been a huge success and judging has been very difficult! It has been wonderful to have so many of our families involved. Here are some of our amazing creations.

 

Many of our and families will be carving pumpkins over the coming weeks. We would like as many as possible to save some seeds, so that we can plant and grow our own in school.

 

Saving Pumpkin Seeds

 

  1. Remove the pulp and seeds from inside the pumpkin. Place this in a colander.
  2. Place the colander under running water. As the water runs over the pulp, start picking out the seeds from the pulp. Rinse them in the running water as you do. Do not let the pumpkin pulp sit in non-running water.
  3. There will be more seeds inside the pumpkin than you will ever be able to plant, so once you have a good amount of seeds rinsed, look over them and choose the biggest seeds. Larger seeds will have a better chance of germinating. Place the rinsed seeds on a dry paper towel. Make sure they are spaced out; otherwise, the seeds will stick to one another. Place in a cool dry spot for one week. Once the seeds are dry, return them to school in a dry container or envelope, ready for planting in April.

 

Why not try this simple Pumpkin soup recipe with your child so as not to waste the pumpkin flesh?

 

Pumpkin Soup

  1. Pumpkin – Peeled and chopped into large chunks
  2. Onion and garlic – the secret ingredients that adds extra savouriness into the soup flavour!!
  3. Stock and water – for a tastier pumpkin soup, don’t skip the stock!
  4. Milk, cream or half and half

 

Method

  1. Place peeled pumpkin, onion, garlic, broth/stock and water into a pot;
  2. Boil rapidly for 15 minutes until pumpkin is very tender;
  3. Use a stick blender or transfer to blender to blitz smooth; and
  4. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, then add either milk OR cream – whichever you prefer.
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