1st of February, 2019 – the first day at Boclair Academy!

The first proper day of the project begins (funding from BA started on the 31st)! I met with Victoria (one of the geography teachers) and Cheryl at Boclair Academy to discuss the main objectives of the research and our next steps together. We talk (or rather, dream!) about the future of the garden and evaluate the existing site. It’s a very cold and frosty day, and its tricky to see how these few raised beds (or “boxes” as I call them in the video [I had much to learn]) can act as a hub for outdoor learning and student community.

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First garden design for Boclair Academy

I had a lot of fun playing around with the GrowVeg garden design software (which is fantastic- www.growveg.co.uk). Here’s what I came up with for an initial design using their garden planner. I wanted something manageable, with beds that share companion crops. I also tried to pay attention to the various heights of the crops, as well as the direction of the sun (the garden is north facing, with a hill on its southern edge)