Garden blog

Garden 2017

posted Apr 5, 2017, 4:01 PM by Owen Breslin

Raised beds have recently been prepared by 2nd class and members of 6th class. Many thanks to all those involved. It has been quite wet and so planting has not commenced yet and may have to wait until after Easter. Some of the beds have been renewed with compost and farmyard manure.  Cloonan's hardware have once again kindly donated seeds for us to use and we are very grateful for this. 

Potatoes

posted Apr 15, 2016, 3:33 PM by Owen Breslin

Its not been a great spring here in the school garden with the heavy rain and cool temperatures stopping planting. Other developments include:
  • Many classes have sown vegetables in pots in preparation for planting out. 
  • 5th class planted some cabbages before Easter but unfortunately pests were busy during the holidays and devoured the new plants. They were recently replanted so hopefully the slugs stay away this time.
  • 2nd class chitted potatoes before Easter and these were sown today. 
  • Spring flowers have bloomed.
          
   

2016 A new gardening year!

posted Apr 5, 2016, 3:43 PM by Owen Breslin

Well its been a quiet time in the garden over the winter months and truth be told we weren't very active outside in the garden. Therefore we got a lovely surprise when we went out in early March to start this years prep work when we found loads of parsnips that had kept growing over the winter and had actually matured nicely! Our leeks which we had more or less given up on also managed to surprise us with some fine specimens still growing.

Not ones for resting on our laurels though, we quickly got to work trying to put our beds in shape for the coming year. Weeds were pulled, beds were dug and twigs and branches were collected. Thanks to the helpers from 6th and 2nd class for such great work.

Ms Sheeran and 5th class were the first class to plant this year when they planted cabbage plants before Easter. 2nd class are preparing potatoes for planting by chitting them.

     

Picking potatoes

posted Nov 5, 2015, 1:18 PM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 1:20 PM ]

Ms Davis recently brought out 3rd class to pick potatoes from our school garden. We weren't expecting much as they were affected by blight and poor growth due to cool temperatures in early summer, however we were pleasantly surprised to uncover loads of potatoes. Thanks to Ms Davis and Ms Kelly the potatoes were turned into wedges the next day and everyone agreed that they tasted great!

Potatoes


Thank you

posted Jun 23, 2015, 5:30 PM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Jun 23, 2015, 5:30 PM ]

It has been great fun this year out in the garden and despite the weather we have made progress. This would not have been possible without help from all of the boys and girls. 
In particular a small group of girls and mainly boys from 5th class who often gave up their breaks to come work in the garden.

Summer

posted Jun 23, 2015, 5:27 PM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Jun 23, 2015, 5:27 PM ]

Well after a difficult growing season we have eventually got some good weather and with it a little growth.

Radish
Ms Sheerans class have harvested the radish which was first past the post as regards being fit to harvest. Most people managed to bring one home.

Cabbage
The cabbages have grown very well and were almost ready to cut when disaster struck. 
Or rather some form of pest has struck as unfortunately the heart has been eaten out of the cabbage. Investigations are still onpoing.  What has eaten our cabbage?

Potatoes
Our potato crop of early potatoes will not be ready to dig by the end of our school year. Growth has been way too slow and unfortunately we will have to wait a little longer before they are ready.

Broccolli
Our Brocolli has been a great success and the heads have formed. Although they are still very small some of them  are actually ready to cut.


Strawberries
Our strawberries are ripe!!!!! The addition of a net over the strawberries has meant those pesky birds have had to find their own dessert this year!




Back to work

posted Apr 21, 2015, 2:22 AM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 3:09 PM ]

The weather has been great over the Easter holidays and most of our vegetables have been making great progress. 
Unfortunately the potatoes are still not coming through so it now looks highly unlikely to have them before we leave in June. 

This week the following classes planted vegetables in the garden. 

  • Ms Phelans 3rd/4th class and Ms Ryans Junior Infants planted onion sets
  • Ms Regans 2nd class have sown scallions
Members of 5th and 6th class have been helping out with many of the general garden tasks such as bed preparation and watering. Mr Breslins class have sown leek seeds and Brussel Sprout seeds and these will be looked after indoors for the moment.


24th March - Peas and Radishes

posted Mar 24, 2015, 4:02 PM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Mar 24, 2015, 4:02 PM ]

I have consulted with a lot of people on what we should be planting in our raised beds in order to make the most of them. We are trying to time some of our vegetables better this year so we need to plant crops for harvesting in June as soon as possible. Other crops will go in later with the aim of being ready for the autumn. Radishes were recommended by several people as an easy growing vegetable that should be ready for June. We planted peas last year in the garden with reasonable success so today Ms Sheerans class sowed peas and radishes in one of the beds.

In order to encourage some of the vegetables to come in early (or even on time by the end of June) we have planned to build a number of cloches over some of the beds. Basically its just a plastic cover over the bed that will hopefully trap some of the suns heat and warm the soil. Today we started to build it for the cabbage bed. Despite the wonderful assistance of 5th class we have much to do to finish these. Hopefully we can get these in by the end of the week. 

Hopefully this is the last blog post without pictures!

Monday 23rd March - Planting potatoes

posted Mar 24, 2015, 3:16 PM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Mar 24, 2015, 3:16 PM ]

With the assistance of a group of 5th class boys I have spread fertilizer in all of the beds. We need to get some of our veg in this week and now all of the beds are ready for planting.
The first veg to be planted was early potatoes. The seed potatoes had been left on the windowsill in our room for the last week so that the potatoes could sprout. Typical Irish weather, it had stayed fine all day. That is it had stayed fine until 2nd class went out to plant our early potatoes!  The potatoes were quickly planted into the bed before anyone got wet. 

Thursday 19th March - Preparing for a new season

posted Mar 24, 2015, 3:10 PM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Mar 24, 2015, 3:10 PM ]

The fine weather continues and 6th class and 2nd class came together to do a spot of work in the garden. The boys and girls of 2nd class spent today tidying up all of the sticks and twigs left over after the winter and the recent visit of the tree surgeon. Meanwhile the 6th class pupils take on the preparation of the raised beds for this years growing season. We are lucky to have access to plenty of rich topsoil which has been left over after the recent construction of a new yard. The boys and girls topped off the raised beds with this new top soil while others dig or pull weeds. Finally Mr Breslin forks in some farmyard manure into the bed for the potato crop.

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