East Glendalough School – Biodiversity & horticulture workshop

East Glendalough School – Biodiversity & horticulture workshop

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.

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Seed sorting!

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.

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Turning salvaged pallets into a vertical garden.

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.

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Creating the foundations for the vertical garden.

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Progress!

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.

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Preparing the ground for the potatoes…

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…And planting the potatoes!

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.

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Potting preparation

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A selection of our supplies!

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A finished product!

What’s next?

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
You can email me with questions or advice at info@susliving.org