Monday, 11 July 2016

Drinagh are Top Eco Friendly Gardeners in Muintir na Tire Schools Garden Copmetition

This is Drinagh NS gardening team. 

All children in the school  get the opportunity to do some work on the school garden.
The edible garden was established some years ago and each year they try add to the variety of fruit and vegetables that they grow.  This year all classes have sown seeds in doors during the spring and these have been planted outdoors during the month of May. They now have the following thriving in  this area  onions, lettuce, peas, runner beans, broad bean, potatoes, pumpkins, courgettes, beetroot, spinach, leeks, cabbage and  carrots. These will be looked after during the summer months by children and their families who volunteer to water and weed the beds.  They also grown a variety of nectar rich annuals such as marigolds, nasturtiums, sunflowers and many more.  They have a variety of fruit bushes which they try to add to every year. At the moment they have rhubarb, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.  They hope the summer is good and that they get a bumper crop from all of these.
This year they are working on achieving their Green flag for encouraging biodiversity. They have recently set up a biodiversity trail in the school grounds, where there are creating a welcoming environment for birds, bees, insects and other creatures by planting a range of  nectar rich annuals, perennial shrubs and our new willow dome.  They keep a patch of nettles because they are food to a wide variety of caterpillars. The honeysuckle a native plant is grown because the flower attract butterflies, it provides cover for the birds and the fruit is eaten is eaten by lots of different birds such as robins, finches and blackbirds. Their garden is organic  so that the vegetables are healthy and none of the habitats are damaged by chemicals.

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