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Planting our tubs for the winter

Eco ActivitiesPosted by Mrs Allen Wed, October 18, 2017 02:58PM

Joe and Maxine helped to take out the summer bedding plants and put in the little violas for the winter. Last year we put in daffodil bulbs underneath the polyanthus and the bulbs pushed the plants out. Hopefully these plants will last until the springtime.

Planting our dahlias

Eco ActivitiesPosted by Mrs Allen Thu, April 27, 2017 03:56PM

Oh my goodness - the children were so excited to get into the polytunnel - then, they couldn't wait to get out!! It was so warm. The next time we go, we will not be bringing our coats. We had a tray of Dahlias that had been grown for us until they were about 4 centimetres. The children had to divide them out, taking care not to damage the roots. I actually put them into the soil as we just hadn't enough time. We will be watching them grow and watering them regularly.

The polytunnel

Eco AnnouncementsPosted by Mrs Allen Wed, April 05, 2017 04:26PM

Thank you very much to Sammy and Paul Kirkpatrick (Charlie and Jack's dad) who have been working at the floor of the polytunnel all day. It was a big job and Sammy needed some help. Paul was able to go and collect ready mixed concrete with his van and trailer.

Soon we will be able to start planting our flowers, fruit and vegetables. We are all looking forward to taking turns to work in the polytunnel.

The Polytunnel

Eco EventsPosted by Mrs Allen Thu, February 09, 2017 04:02PM

Primary One had a great time yesterday popping in and out to see what stage the polytunnel was at. We watched the men at different times of the day to see what stage they were at. Dean was the boss and he told us all sorts of useful information about how the tunnel was made and what we could plant in the Planters. He told us to remember to soak the peas overnight so they grow more quickly and to keep the lettuce seeds in the fridge before planting!!

He explained how the galvanized steel hoops were made in his engineering firm and told Sammy that he would need to cover the base in concrete and make a path to the tunnel.

We are looking forward to taking our turn in the tunnel to plant some vegetables or fruit.

Thanks again to Dean and his team.

Planting our Prizes

Eco ActivitiesPosted by Mrs Allen Wed, January 18, 2017 09:33AM

We received some lovely plants from Greenmount that needed to be planted fairly soon. Yesterday Sammy helped the boys and girls in P1 to get them into the ground.

Lauren is our class Eco Representative so she got the Clematis out of the pot and positioned it against the fence beside the bus stop.

Charlie our other Eco Rep. planted the Dogwood on the left side of the small gate where the children come in to school.

Angelica and Sebastian are this week's leaders so they planted the Horse Chestnut tree in between the old Willow Dens. Hopefully in time we will have a tree to give us lots of conkers!!

I hope that the children will remember that they planted these when they are much older!!

Best in class

Eco NewsPosted by Mrs Allen Fri, December 02, 2016 03:45PM

Findley, Abbie, James and Erin came with me today to Greenmount to collect our prize for the scarecrow we entered into the Garden Show last June.

We had made a scarecrow using only plastic bottles. It is now in our Outdoor classroom. It won the best scarecrow in the Eco section.

So we need to start thinking about what we can make for the competition next year.

We had a great time at CAFRE. We all received a very informative book about planting and growing our own food by Jilly Dougan.

The children had to create a Planter with Ivy and Cyclamen. We will need to remember to water it!

The school also received a Horse Chestnut Tree, a Clematis and a Cornus or Dogwood, which we will need to get planted out fairly soon.

Thanks again to all the people at Greenmount College who looked after us so well this year.


The rhubarb patch

Eco ActivitiesPosted by Mrs Allen Fri, June 10, 2016 01:45PM

Our rhubarb grew really well so it was time to pull it and use it to make a rhubarb tart.

Mrs Allen made us a rhubarb tart and ice cream. This was the last day for eco club this year. Thanks to these children for doing a lot of

litter picking,



making signs,

making food for butterflies,

planting summer bedding plants

planting bulbs in the autumn,

making outdoor pictures and so on.

Have a lovely summer holiday.

Bottle Betty

Eco ActivitiesPosted by Mrs Allen Wed, April 27, 2016 04:58PM


Well done to the ECO team. They created a wonderful scarecrow for the Antrim Garden Festival next weekend. We made her out of used water bottles and plastic bags.

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