St Joseph's Primary School

The Living Garden, hosted by the Garden for Life Forum promotes wildlife friendly gardening. Schools were invited to design a small garden including celebrating the 2017 year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.  This design asks What can you find in a dinner lady’s hat apart from a dinner lady?

Every garden tells a story about the people who helped make it, the challenges faced, solutions found, lessons learned and the unexpected pleasures along the way. Here is St Joseph’s Primary School’s Pocket Garden Story in their own words:

We began planting our seeds in trays. We kept our seedlings moist and once the seedlings had a few true leaves we transplanted them into bigger pots. It was still really cold outside so we couldn’t risk putting them out yet.
We watered our plants each day to help them grow. The Tom Thumb lettuce was very quick growing and germinated after just a few days. Lots of them grew in a little cluster and we had to thin them out a bit – we moved them to a new tray and they just kept on growing!

Brainwave! Why don’t we make the hat into a hanging basket? This was much harder than it looked; the pupils worked together using their problem solving skills to create a basket that would be strong enough to hold our plants.

We worked with Milngavie Development Trust and Milngavie in Bloom to plant some of our plants into a community food garden in Milngavie. Thanks very much to Morgan Sindall who are building our new school for providing us with some top soil. 

Gardening advice

Planting seeds

Growing nicely

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