20th April 2018
This week saw us starting to plant seeds into the school polytunnel. We started off our seeds in our classrooms but now the time has come for us to weed out the beds and transplant our seedlings out. This is a very exciting time and we looking forward to tending to our plants beds. Each class has a bed allocated to them, so it is up to each class to weed and water and look after their plants.
Our School Garden
This year Junior and Senior Infants together with the help of teachers, school staff and parents have undertaken an exciting endeavour to create an organic school garden. Here’s our story so far!
It all began last year when Junior Infants planted some vegetables in an area of ground left by the removal of a prefab. So much fun and learning was had that this year Ms Sheahan and Ms Hennessy decided to take things one step further and turn the space into an organic school garden.
The project got underway in February when the garden space was freed of the weeds which had taken residency there. Soon after the school purchased a polytunnel which was assembled over a number of evenings. Next came an extremely kind donation of some weed barrier. With the help of parents, pupils and school staff on one very sunny Saturday morning this barrier was put down.
Meanwhile in class Junior and Senior Infants had been busy planting an array of vegetables which would later be transferred to the garden. Having sourced some timber boards, raised beds were then constructed both inside and outside the polytunnel. Parents and pupils came together once more to fill these raised beds with topsoil and compost. And then came the fun part. One Friday Junior and Senior Infants came together to transfer all the vegetables that they had planted in class into the raised beds.
Since that very Friday it’s been all hands on deck with pupils from all class watering the plants and weeding the raised beds. Junior and Senior Infants have been giving guided tours of the garden to their parents. In recent weeks Fifth and Sixth class pupils have been selling produce from the garden to parents with funds going straight back into maintaining and developing the garden.
All of this was completed with three months, a remarkable achievement when you consider all the work that took place. The school now has its very own organic garden – an outdoor classroom where the children can experience first-hand the growing of fruits and vegetables. None of this would have been possible with the help and support of parents. Their willingness to give up their time to help out in the garden has ensured the success of this project.
There are many exciting plans in the pipeline for the garden so be sure and stay tuned!