Timeline: We will start our project immediately. We want to build a vegetable garden. We have already started planting seeds. Sunflowers, peas, beans and garlic. Our team meets once per week on a Wednesday morning. Today we made plant pots out of newspaper and toilet rolls.
Budget: Our horticulture teacher already bought some pallet collars from Adverts.ie. We need to buy 2 tonnes of compost to start our garden plus we'd like to buy some seedlings from Quickcrop.ie. Our seeds are growing on windowsills in the school, but they are very slot.
Impact: Lots of students get a chance to watch the tomato plants growing, they grow so fast. And others have planted peas. Because they sit on the windowsill in the science teacher's classroom the students see the difference.
Next year the TY class will do a horticulture module and the veg beds will be their responsibility. It's especially nice for the Ukranian students to get involved because they have great stories about what their grandparents grow back home in Ukraine. Because it's a different climate there they grow very different crops. The sunflower is their national flower. Gardening is now part of our wellbeing programme in school, since our horticulture teacher joined the staff last year.
Location: We have chosen a sunny quiet location near our lunchroom for our garden. There is a tap in the lunchroom so we will be near to water. We have permission from the principal to grow here but we don't have all the tools. We will get a wheetbarrow and some wellington boots with the money too.