Wellies were the order of the day as off we tramped;
partly to take a look at how Little Red hen's wheat was coming along…..
(to which the answer is, ‘Just fine’!)
Partly to check on what is growing apart from wheat…..
(look closely; what do you see?)
But mostly to get our hands dirty. First of all we gathered, shoulder to shoulder, around a set of 4 wooden boxes, each containing what at first glance looked like dirt;
although on closer inspection each section appeared to contain something different from the one next to it. And yes, so it proved to be. A handful from one section…..
felt sharp and gritty, whereas one from the next…..
was much stickier.
A fistful from the third section…..
was damp and bitty, whereas the final handful…..
was richly black and crumbly, soft to the touch and wonderfully sweet-smelling.
- (gritty) sand
- (sticky) soil from the garden
- (damp) compost
- the (crumbly) perfect mixture
Our job was to use (gritty) sand, (sticky) soil from the garden and (damp) compost to make a (crumbly) mixture that would be perfect for growing things. It needed to be just the right crumbly texture; a little bit sticky but not too tightly packed. We would need a big plastic bucket and some child-sized tools.
Put about the same amount of (damp) compost…..
and (sticky) soil from the garden into the bucket…..
plus a couple of trowels-full of (gritty) sand.
Mix it really well.
to make sure it’s just the right crumbly texture…..
before scattering it on one of the prepared flower beds.
The perfect mixture.