Susliving Tech Mentors Martin and Elmer presented a biodiversity and horticulture workshop at East Glendalough School with Student Mentor Ailbhe McCarthy and 60 Transition Year students.
What we did
In this workshop, we began with the construction of a vertical garden using recycled pallets. As with most vertical gardens, the idea is to create a spacesaving feature that can house lots of plants.We had to choose where to place the vertical garden, and create foundations for it to sit in. This involved marking the area out, and digging trenches for the sections of the vertical garden.
As well as the construction of insect hotels, in this workshop we also sowed vegetables such as potatoes. This required first ploughing the area where the potatoes where to be planted.
We also planted flower seeds and potted up young plants into containers such as window boxes and hanging baskets. The aim throughtout all of this was to sow plants that attract wildlife into the garden.
The students will be involved in the aftercare of the seedlings, the planted containers and they will also be responsible for the maintenance of the planted vertical garden over the following months. Susliving mentors will send on an ‘ aftercare and maintenance work sheet to the teacher mentor for the students to follow.
– Elmer Dool
Susliving Tech Mentor: Biodiversity & Horticulture
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