This page is designed for us to keep in touch, and for you to try some nature-inspired activities. Please check out www.engagewithnature.ie for more easy gardening activities you can do with your children.
Last plant update of the year!
It has been a busy month in the garden, and all the children’s vegetables are doing really well!
Some of the beetroot will be ready to harvest now. I am learning about how to preserve fruit and vegetables at the moment, so will keep you posted. The carrots will be harvested around September
Our spring onions are delicious in a salad, sandwich, in an omelette or best of all, barbecued!
These were really easy to grow, make the garden look beautiful, and most importantly provide food for pollinators. We planted a wide variety of flowers including Poppies, Scabiosa, Asters, Cornflower, Daisies and Indian cress.
It was our first time ever growing broad beans and it was a complete success! We had some greenfly on them, but I introduced some ladybirds to the plants rather than spraying them with anything, and the ladybirds had a feast!
We have also been growing garlic in our school garden. This is my garlic from home which I harvested yesterday. It is important to dry garlic out before preserving it. Please feel free to help yourselves to everything that’s in the garden, it is there for the whole community.
Children dig in!
Thanks so much to the children who have been keeping an eye on the garden during lockdown. It would start to look like a jungle without your help so we are very grateful to you for your hard work!
‘Draw your hero’ art competition!
This competition is open to children across the island of Ireland. There are four age categories and there will be prizes for the top 3 entries in each age category to the value of €100 for 1st place, €70 for 2nd and €50 for 3rd place. The competition is open from: Wednesday April 8th – Wednesday June 3rd 2020. Announcement of finalists: Tuesday August 18th
The heroes will also receive prizes as a token of the appreciation of an entire nation. Click here for more information!
Minding our mental health during COVID-19
We have created a new Padlet, with suggestions to help the children get active, creative and engage with the outdoors! Click here to see the padlet
Gardening for biodiversity booklet
This is a really fantastic resource! It provides information about what biodiversity is, and gives advice on how to increase biodiversity in even the smallest of gardens.
To care for the Earth, first you must connect with it – and that’s something you can do even when you’re not able to wander into the wild. Here are two ways to explore nature near and far while staying at home.
Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of plants, birds, fungi and more!
Want to understand how the world works? This app is a smart, interactive way to help children (or anyone, really) understand our world.
Art and craft ideas
Carrots don’t require a great deal of care. Try to keep the soil around them weed free, although once the carrots start to grow strongly their foliage will shade out most weeds. Water sparingly.
- The carrot fly loves the smell of carrots! The female will lay her eggs and once hatched, they will gobble the carrots up. Luckily, she can only fly quite low, so that is why we plant our carrots in a bin at least 2 feet (60 cm) high.
For more interesting facts about snails, click here!
You can recycle plastic bottles to make a bird feeder. Help the birds and reduce plastic waste!
You will need:
Sticks / dowel x2
Hang your feeder near a hedge, not in the open space. Keep it up high, away from cats!
I planted echinacea in my pots but you can plant anything you like – peas and runner beans work well.
Make bio-degradable pots using the cardboard tubes from paper kitchen towels. The cardboard containers save on plastic use and biodegrade in the ground naturally.
All the plants (except the peas, the birds devoured them!) are doing well. They have been transported to my home where I will look after them.
Carrots are growing nicely……
First and second class
No sign of Rang a haon’s spring onions, but it’s early days yet……
Second class planted beetroot. They are starting to grow.
3rd and 4th class
Third class planted onions. We don’t water onions too much because they like drier conditions and can rot easily.
Fifth class planted broad beans, using inserts of kitchen paper and folding them over.