Following our workshop in January, Susliving returned to the School of the Holy Spirit in Kilkenny for a second workshop on planting and biodiversity. While the previous workshop centred around potting and growing plants indoors, the focus of this workshop was on outdoor landscaping as part of the school’s Junior Certificate School Programme (JCSP).
Susliving Tech Mentors Elmer and Zaki guided the class through the process of planning the area to be planted and identifying the environmental conditions in the chosen site. Working on the stone raised beds in the school’s garden, the students made a landscape plan, and chose a selection of plants to fit in amongst the existing fruit trees and herbs. The students then got stuck in to planting the beds, using the skills they had learned in our earlier workshop. By the end of the workshop the class had added a variety of plants, including strawberries, vegetables, herbs and sensory plants to the raised beds.
This workshop demonstrated how a great range of both edible and visually attractive plants can be grown in a relatively small area, attracting other wildlife and adding to the biodiversity of the school grounds. As well as forming part of the school’s curriculum, the planting workshops have brightened up the school grounds and highlight the simple steps towards sustainability, such as growing your own food.
We thank the students and staff for their enthusiasm and look forward to our next workshop with them!