Monday, 18 July 2016

Conna NS Best at upcycling Colour and Art

Conna National School have won the best Upcycling Colour and Art Category in the annual Cork Schools Garden Competition organised by Muintir na Tire in association with Cork County Council and Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey.
This is their second year as entrants in the Cork Schools Gardening Competition, and they are delighted to enter again having acquired a prize last year in the Small Garden category.
In the limited small space at their disposal they have grown a great selection of foods including salad crops, fruits and more. They have no grass area, therefore all planting had to be in raised beds, pots or boxes. Strawberries grown at school have been used to make milkshakes and strawberry sauce and of course eaten just ripe from the plant.
They are lucky to have a space which is south-facing and is both warm and sheltered. They also use their huge south-facing school windows to grow seeds and for propagation. The school is very well fenced with a secure perimeter wall.
They exercise a rotation system of planting and they make their own compost. They have recently installed a Water Butt, for the collection of rainwater which they use to water their plants. They also have started to make their own organic plant food from nettles which they hope to use to boost their crops and flowers. They have a cloche for hardening off plants.
One of the experiments last year was to grow a tomato plant from a container which was hanging up-side-down, and they are  glad to report that it was a success. They enjoyed some juicy ripe cherry tomatoes from the vine in September 2015. Well done to all

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