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Information about Garden Project

Published on June 29, 2009

Author: petercleary


Slide 1: South Tipperary Adult Learning Scheme In association with FAS Presents Cahir Return to Education Gardening Project2008/09 : Cahir Return to Education Gardening Project2008/09 Slide 3: Literacy Through Horticulture A Note from the coordinator 2008/2009 was another successful year for the South Tipperary VEC/FAS Return to Education Programme. This year we ran four programmes: two in Tipperary town and two in Cahir. Feedback from all programmes was very positive both from students and tutors. While all programmes focused on increasing the basic skills of participants, each programme used different approaches. Today we are focusing on one of the Cahir groups who choose to increase their skills in literacy through horticulture with tutors Pat Hoban and Breda Lonergan Ryan. Adult Basic Education in Ireland is based on the belief that effective learning builds on the experiences of adults. This is very much in line with the wealth model of education where learners are encouraged to realise their own strengths and abilities and to build on these. In October of 2008 Pat Hoban sat down with the group and discussed with them what they would like to learn and how they would like to learn it. This learner centred approach works very well in adult education as it gives the students control over what they are learning and helps them to feel part of the process. The group decided that they would like to learn through the medium of horticulture since they all had some knowledge, experience and interest in it. This was a tall order and very challenging but as we are always up for a challenge Pat and I talked it over with Mary Roche, our Adult Literacy Organiser, and decided to give it a go. Slide 4: Literacy through horticulture opened up many opportunities to develop literacy skills. The computer skills needed to put this brochure together were taught in class. Students were taught how to use a digital camera, store their pictures onto the computer and to write captions and instructions. Some students went on to learn how to put together a presentation on PowerPoint! Notes and tips were taken down by students and this proved invaluable in helping with writing, spelling and organization. When it came to planting, students learned how to look up certain plants on the Internet and how to read and understand seed packets. This was also a good time to introduce the metric system. Throughout the course the emphasis was on tutors and students engaging with each other as equals and supporting each other in whichever part of the programme they felt strongest in. The team work within the group went from strength to strength and everyone helped each other. Today you can take a look at our beautiful flowerbeds, path, bench and tree and see for yourself some of the results of our 25 weeks work. Yet it is important to be aware of all the embedded learning that took place in this programme. Lavinia English Workplace Coordinator June 2009 Slide 5: Planting Spring Bulbs Slide 6: Reading the packet Plant 10 cm deep!!! 25 /2 /09 13/3/09 Slide 7: Mixed Varieties of Tulips on 22/4/2009 Dermot cleared out a patch under some trees in front of the school where more bulbs were scattered, everyone gave a hand. Slide 8: Spring Bulbs Planting of spring bulbs 19/11/08 Types of bulbs you will need are Daffodils, Tulips, Snowdrops and Crocus. They can be bought in Dunnes Stores, Woodies D.I.Y, Tesco, Superquinn, and Aldi or in a Garden Centre. Bulbs can be bought in a gallon tin. They can also be bought in packets of 10 or 20. They can be planted no later than the second week of December. Daffodils, Snowdrops, Tulips, Crocus; They bulbs can be planted up to the second week of December. The bulbs are planted 10cm deep and 10cm apart. Slide 9: We started planting by drilling holes in the flower boxes for drainage. We used mixed varieties, e.g. Tulips, Daffodils, Chinodoxa, and Ice Follies. Bulbs were planted by height. Stones or gravel were placed in the bottom of the containers. The bulbs were planted 10cm apart, in a mixture of clay and compost with a dodder as designed by Tony and Gerry. The bulbs were covered with more clay and compost half and half. Don?t fill boxes, as this will protect from frost, water bulbs when planted. As the shoots start to appear cover with more compost and clay. When the shoots start to appear place a little fertilizer on top (careful) as too much will damage them. To encourage growth place newspaper on top of glass. When planted outside put a layer of moss peat over the top to keep frost away. Leave them in the ground to do their own thing. Weed around them regularly. Slide 10: Planning Slide 11: Early Days- The centre on 3/3/2009 Aidan and Martin measure up Slide 12: What will we plant here? Slide 13: Colour should be used when planning a garden. Slide 14: A big challenge!! Slide 15: The Master Plan Slide 16: Seeds and Sowing Use a seed tray with drainage holes Mix 1 small shovel of sand to 3 of compost. Mix together Slide 17: Fill the tray with compost and sand mix. Flatten down to make an even surface. Plant as per instructions on seed packet. Martin is planting Browallia. Slide 18: Spread seeds evenly and thinly. Cover with fine layer of soil if required. Put in label so you know what you have planted. Slide 19: Sprinkle with water and cover with glass. Slide 20: READING INSTRUCTIONS ON A SEED PACKET Slide 21: Summer Bedding we planted Lobelia Marigold Pansy Statice Dahlia Alllysum Slide 22: Caring for seedlings Seedlings need light, heat and water. To water seedlings put your tray into a sink of water. As seedlings begin to grow they are very delicate Slide 23: When they are hardy you transplant them. Slide 24: Transplanting Seedlings Remove by the leaf; loosen soil with a pen or pencil. Make a small hole with a pen or pencil. Press down the soil Space them out to give them room to grow. Gently drop into the hole. Slide 25: Water when finished. Slide 26: What We Planted PHLOX ‘Miss Pepper’ ACORUS GRAMINEUS ‘Ogon’ Slide 27: LAVANDULA ‘Hidcote’ COTINUS COGGYGRIA ‘Royal Purple’ Slide 28: BUSH FUCHSIA ‘Tinny’ FESTUCA GLAUCA Slide 29: POTENTILLA ‘Elizabeth’ BUSH FUCHSIA ‘Beacon’ Slide 30: Pruning Pruning is done from the end of September to end of October. Old growth is taken out to make way for new growth. Sometimes this may have to be done again in March. Slide 31: Get your secetures and cut about 6mm (¼ inch) above the bud. Always cut at an angle, as this will avoid wet rot. Comments and Observations : Comments and Observations AIDAN I enjoyed going back to gardening. It was relaxing and gave me confidence and I learned new skills. MARGARET I really enjoyed the course; I learnt a lot about computers and gardening. Pat had great patience. I enjoyed working on the presentation for PowerPoint and also enjoyed the cookery class. Slide 33: MARTIN I was so happy to learn gardening to find a new hobby I like. I have put this new knowledge to good use in my own garden. ALISON I have really enjoyed being involved in the gardening, from planting the bulbs and then to see the final result. I have learnt a lot here only because the tutors and everyone involved have been so enjoyable and I always felt welcome. Slide 34: GERRY I came back to school after forty years. It was not easy! It took four years of “Will I won’t I”, But after the first day of getting to know one another it was great. I was not alone. Everybody helped everybody else. We all knew a little about something, but when we put it together we all knew a lot about something! TONY I got a lot out of this course. I got to learn about computers and we were able to do a bit of gardening, which I like. I also made some new friends. The tutors were excellent they made the course so easy for us. We also did some cooking which I liked doing and learnt more about that. Slide 35: Joan I really enjoyed my time spent in Cahir doing my course. I learnt a lot about computers of which I was very frightened. Our tutor Pat was very patient and a great teacher. The gardening was a great feature and it is lovely to see the finished product in full bloom. MARY I learned a lot about the garden. What to plant and when and where. Now I must do my own garden. Slide 36: BREDA (Tutor) This was my first experience of working with a class and it was fantastic. Pat was a great tutor to work with and I gained a lot of confidence due to him. The level of commitment shown by the students was brilliant. For me, the highlight of the year has to be the beautiful development of the garden. Slide 37: PAT (Tutor) For any learning programme to work you need to have the support and commitment of those involved. One of the most striking aspects of this programme was the sheer enthusiasm and commitment shown by all the participants. The evidence of that commitment is there for all to see in the beautiful garden; in the creation of this brochure, and in the teamwork, imagination and hard work that everyone put in to make this programme a success. Thanks must go to all involved and especially to Breda for her ever-present help and support. Thank you Lavinia for putting up with me every Wednesday afternoon – it worked! LAVINIA (Programme Coordinator) This was a fantastic programme to be involved in! Thanks to the enthusiasm, patience, skills and determination of tutors Pat Hoban and Breda Lonergan Ryan-we got there! It was always a joy to come here on a Wednesday and meet the group. The friendships and mutual respect that developed among the group and tutors will prove a lasting reminder to me of what is best practice in Adult Education. It was hard work but lots and lots of fun. We all learned so much from each other- what a year!

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