Our gardening team is mainly pupils from 5th class, however many children throughout the school have helped out. Some classes have been busy with weeding and other classes have planted seeds.
Junior Infants: Tulips and daffodils in October.
Runner beans, cress and carrots in March.
Every year the new Junior Infant children plant bulbs in the garden, so at this stage every child in the whole school has planted something....we have almost 500 children in our school, maybe some of them will grow up to become gardeners and landscapers!
1st/2nd: Planted flowers in wellies in May
2nd/3rd: Sugar snap peas and broad beans in April / planted outside in May.
Marigolds and Beetroot in April - next year we will plant these earlier!
Miss Scallys class are wonderful weeders!
4th: Sunflowers in April / planted outside at end of May.
5th: Everything else!!!
In our garden we have at least 16 types of flowers, 6 types of herbs and 17 types of fruit and veg! We are very proud of the work we have done as we have never had such a variety of flowers, fruit and vegetables in our school garden.
This year our wild flowers and our mint refused to grow. Maybe it is time to invest in a little green house! We bought mint, hardened it off and planted it out, but the mint we planted from seed did not like the cold!
Our teachers Miss Sheils, Miss Kane and Miss O'Sullivan worked with us, and our SNA's Mary and Eleanor were always there to give a helping hand. We could not have managed without them.
Kielan Kenny in 5th and Cameron Fagan Ward in 6th put in lots of extra work and were always willing to help out when extra jobs needed to be done.
Of course Pat our caretaker was on speed dial in recent months. We are especially thankful to Pat for helping us get our wormery up and going again and for putting up our new water barrel. Sammy scarecrow had a few falls and Pat and his drill were never far away!
We would like to thank Sandra and Jimmy Kelly, parents of James Kelly for their organising flowers, window boxes and lovely hanging baskets. As always this is very much appreciated!
The Muldoon family also donated flowers they grew themselves at home - and a special well done to Abigail Muldoon who even continued to weed while on crutches!
Sharon O'Connor, Diarmuid and Lucy's Mum bought lovely new trowels and gloves to get us started!
The Kennedy family, parents of Elena Kennedy donated lots of veg, flowers and beautiful strawberries...thanks to them our raised beds are full to the brim this year.
Mr Slack brought flowers after every trip west in recent months, it has really helped to add variety to the garden. The geraniums are so colourful and travelled the whole way from Mayo. We wish Mr Slack senior lived closer as he is an expert gardener and we really appreciate all the plants he has donated to the garden. If Meath don't make it to the All-Ireland we promise to cheer for Mayo instead!