2/4/2019 Today Adam and Robert and Michael went to the garden to help Deirdre to prepare the beds for planting. Some of the beds were in a terrible state with weeds everywhere. We had to pull out all the weeds. We had trowels to dig at the roots and that made it easier. Sometimes we had to use our hands, but we were wearing gloves. We used the pitch-fork and the rake to clear away the roots of the weeds too. The beds look much better now. Bird balls DIY tutorial by Eoin and Hazel What you'll need: Mashed potatoes Mouldy bread Bird seeds (or random seeds) Pancake mix Porridge oats WARNING it may smell like a nightmare so watch out! We all mixed the supplies Here's the tools: Gloves, spoon, milk Step1.   Mix the supplies with the spoon. Step2. Take the mixture and try turning it into little balls.No need to cook or fry you put it out into the bird feeders and that’s full course meal- Enjoy Birds! Byeeeee Our Bird feeders This week Aaron and Conor made more bird-food balls for the birds in the school garden. We made DIY ones and we also had some that Ms. Mac Hugh bought in the shop. We made them with porridge oats, bird seeds and cooking fat. We rolled them into little balls and put them into bird feeders and then we put the ones from the shop into bird feeders as well. Then we went outside into the garden and put the feeders in some new places like on the trees and on the fences as well. Now we are going to check  which ones are eaten  first. 09/01/19 Happy New Year! We went to check the garden after the Christmas break. The beds are  really overgrown with weeds and dead plants. The scarecrow was blown  down and the ground was very covered in dead leaves. We had to do a bit of a clean up. We weeded out two of the beds and picked up dead leaves  and litter that had blown into the garden. We were surprised to see that the daffodils are nearly ready to open! When we checked the bird feeders they were all empty, so we gathered  them again for refilling. 20/12/18 Teacher had bought some heathers for the garden, but they’re only small yet so we planted them together in a pot and put them in a sheltered spot outside the classroom window where we can keep an eye on them. We also got a new bird feeder which  attaches to a window. We filled it with  seeds and decided on which window to put it on. We’re hoping we will see birds  coming to it. 12/12/18 Today we made some food balls for the  birds. We melted cooking fat in bowls and  added porridge oats, mixed bird seeds,  peanut butter and shredded brown bread. We mixed all the ingredients together and formed it into ball shapes. We put the food balls into the bird feeders. Then we took them out to the garden and  looked for the best spots to hang them.  Aaron and Conor decided to see what  would happen if they hung the feeders on the fence. Adam and Michael  hung theirs on high tree branches.   24/10/18 We haven’t had a chance to get out to the garden in a while, so we were expecting things to be pretty bad. We were right! We’ve lost a tree in the back of the garden area. It was blown down by Storm Bronagh.It fell over the garden fence into the playing field at the front of the school! It had to be cut up for firewood. Anyway, today we brought out gloves and trowels and litter pickers and a bin. 1. We used the litter pickers to collect all the litter that had blown into the garden. 2. With the trowels we ripped out all the dead flowers from two of the beds. 3. Under the cover of all the dead leaves we found some garden decorations which had been blown down also. We brought them into the classroom to wash them. There were too many dead leaves to deal with without a rake, so that’s our job for the next time. 20/09/18 We went to the garden to see what had happened over the summer. The first thing we noticed was that it was very overgrown and wild. We checked the water butt and we were very glad to see it was filled to the brim with water! We did an audit on the jobs that needed to be done. Sharon helped us. This is our list: 1. Weed the beds- all 8 of them. 2. Flip the soil we have there already and add some more. 3. Repair the scarecrow and think of a name for him. 4. Pick up the litter that has been blown into the garden. 5. Sweep up the dead leaves. 6. Plant new vegetables and flowers in the beds. (we’ll need   to check out what is best for this time of year) 12/06/2018 Teacher had bought a windmill, so we chose a place  to stick it. Here it is in one of the flower beds. You can see the soil is very dry because there hasn’t been much rain lately. In fact, we used up the last of the water in the water butt today!! We are really pleased at how well our plants are doing  5/6/2018 Yesterday we went out into the school garden.  We got the plant pots that had dead plants in them. So Aaron emptied the pot and there was an ant’s nest in the soil in the pot.  We saw ants carrying eggs. Then we saw the tunnels that the ants made going around the side of the dry soil. We put the soil back in the pot and added some more fresh soil. We planted some spare tulip and narcissus bulbs in the pots and watered them. We lined them up at the garden gate so we could keep an eye on them. Then we watered the small trees in the pots at the edge of the car-park because there hasn’t been much rain lately and they looked very dry. 09/05/18- The sunflowers seeds were ready so we took them to the garden to replant them. We put them in the same bed as the chilli seeds. Then Ms Sirr’s class came out and they had mange-tout growing in pots. We thought it would be nice if they put the mange-tout in the same bed as the sunflower and chilli seeds, so they did! Now there’s loads of plants growing in there together. 02/05/18- We put our bird food balls into bird feeders and we hung them up in the school garden. Aaron used the spade to flip the dry soil over to make it damp again in one of the flower beds. We took the chilli seeds from the mini-pots to the garden because they hadn’t been growing. We planted them in a bed and watered them. We’re hoping they might grow there. Then we got a gift from a parent of a child in the after school club. Our gift was a scarecrow. It was a happy scarecrow. We put him at the flower beds at the back of the garden, and we now have to think of a name for him. 30/04/18 – We made more bird food balls for the bird feeders. We mixed cooking fat with oats, seeds and peanut butter and then formed the mixture into ball shapes. 18/04/18 – We put compost in to a bucket up to about halfway. We put in sunflower seeds. We covered the seeds with the rest of the compost. We watered them and put them on the window sill to get the sun and grow strong. We need to leave them there for about 2 to 3 weeks. We checked the other flowers we had planted, the narcissus and the tulips....this is what we found. 17/4/18- We opened packets of Gladioli ‘Buggy’ and ‘Fiorentina’ and we read the instructions. We selected three each.  We got trowels and gloves and went to the garden to plant the bulbs. We had to plant them 10 cm deep, 8 to 10 cm apart. 8/2/18- We made fat-ball bird food. We melted butter. Then we added oats, nuts, seeds, peanut butter and crushed walnuts. We mixed this all together. We shaped them into balls and put them into the bird-feeders. Then we went out and hung them in the garden for the birds. 6/2/18- We got peanut butter, bread slices and mixed seeds. We spread the peanut butter on the bread and cut it into quarters. We dipped it into bird seeds to cover them. Conor ate a seed...but he didn't like the taste. We brought them out to the garden and put them down in different locations. 5/2/18- We used grapes, oranges and ‘cheerios’ to make kebabs for the birds. We used stitching needles and wool to make a line to put the food on. We stuck the needle through the fruit and the ‘cheerios’ and made a necklace of food. We brought them out to the garden and we hung them up on trees. 2/2/18- We pruned some of the dead parts of the plants and we collected all the bird feeders because they were empty. We brought them in for re- filling. We checked the crushed plants in the hazel dome and they were starting to strengthen and the tip was gone darker green. 30/01/18- The Post-Winter Inspection.... We went to the garden to check how things were after the winter. We were very happy to see stems and stalks of some spring flowers such as daffodils and the tulips and narcissus! We found bulbs that were uprooted and we had to replant them. We found a crushed flower in the hazel dome and moved a mushroom stool to get it into the light. We found the stand for the water butt and we put it back under the butt. We attached the pipe from the drain and put the cover back on top of the butt. We made a list of things that need doing now. 15/11/17- Today we went to check the garden dome. We cleaned up lots of leaves and put them into a pile behind a fence. We dug up blue mushrooms and put them into the compost bin. We brought Miss Hogan out to the garden to show her around and we explained to her all about the plants. 6/11/17- After the mid-term break we went to check on the garden it was a bit of a mess because the trees were shedding their leaves. We collected all the leaves that were on the flower beds. We removed any stones from the flower bed too. 12/10/17- So we went out to plant tulips and narcissus in our flower bed. We planted these because they attract butterflies and bees. We dug holes in the ground and we buried the bulbs under the ground. We planted two types of Narcissus and three types of tulips. Sunlover Double Late Tulip (Tulipa Sunlover) sports rich, sumptuous oranges flecked with tangerine for color that shouts out across the landscape. Double petaled, almost like a peony, these tulips are elegant garden stars. Blooming in late spring, the flowers are spectacular, lushly petaled and long lasting. At 16-18" tall they are gorgeous planted in a group or mixed with other late season tulips. Plant plenty so you can enjoy them as cut flowers too! Darwin Hybrid Tulips are known for the HUGE size of their brilliantly coloured flowers. The blossoms are an almost perfect pyramid shaped when closed, but they can measure as much as 15 cm in diameter when fully opened. Because of their long stems, lovely pyramid shape, and brilliant colours, Darwin Hybrids are often considered the very best type of tulip to raise for cut flowers. However, there are definite advantages to growing them for beds and borders, especially in areas where they can be sheltered from strong winds. Key Information Botanical name: Narcissus 'Golden Dawn' / Common name: Daffodil Plant type: Bulb / Height:40cm /Spread:10cm Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ is a cup-shaped daffodil, with up to three flowers forming on each stem. Petals are greenish yellow, which contrast beautifully with a deep orange cup. Narcissus small cupped sportsman. Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Flowers usually face the sun, so bulbs should be grown with any shade areas at the rear of the planting. Good soil drainage is essential. Best in organically rich loams. Soils should be kept uniformly moist during the growing season. Plant bulbs in early to mid fall. 'Sportsman' is a large- cupped daffodil (Division II). Tulipa ‘Van Eijk’ is a Darwin hybrid tulip. These are all single-flowered and brightly coloured varieties, with long-lasting flowers on strong stems. Unlike many tulip cultivars, Darwin hybrids usually flower again for several years after they were first planted, making them more reliable than other options. ‘Van Eijk’ has vibrant, dark pink-red, weather-resistant blooms. It’s a great option for growing in containers and herbaceous borders, and works well when grown with other tulips. It makes an excellent cut flower. 02/10/17 – We dug a big hole using a trowel. We held the Geranium Rozanne by the stem. Then we tipped it upside down. Next we put the plant into the huge hole. Finally we covered in around the roots with soil but we had to hold the leaves and flowers up. We also planted two acorns and another small seed in our outdoor tray. This is Geranium Rozanne. It grows to 60cm tall, with neat, dense foliage and bowl-shaped violet-blue flowers 5cm wide, with a white centre, opening from early summer to early autumn. It does not grow well in winter. It grows best in moist but well-drained soil. It is deciduous which means that the leaves will fall off in autumn. This is Spirea - Spiraea, is a genus of about 80 to 100 species of shrubs in the family Rosaceae. They are native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere, with the greatest diversity in Eastern Asia 15/09/17- We brought some soil and some chilli seeds into school. After big lunch, we went down to Room 14 and put the soil into slots of a tray. The chilli seeds were attached to a cardboard stick with a pointed end, like an upside-down fence. We put them into the soil and then we watered them with a small little cup because we didn’t have a spray. We put the tray of seeds on the window sill. We will move them to Ms Mac Hugh’s room when it is ready. 13/9/2017 – First we went and looked for soil. We found none so we took some from the wheelbarrow with the flowers in the corner of the garden. Next we got the trowel and gloves and the green tray with the seeds. We took soil from the wheelbarrow and put it in the tray. We put the seeds in the middle of each slot of the tray. We covered them with soil and watered them using water that was over-flowing from the gutter. We got the water on the trowel and poured it onto the slots while we were also cleaning the trowel. We put the tray beside the fern because rain falls there and sun shines there so it was the perfect spot. 5/9/2017 – We were out in the garden just having a look around and we found the seeds lying in the strawberry bed. Then we picked them up and we got the idea of planting them. We brought six inside and put them in a green basket with a rock that looked like a fossil that we also found in the garden.