IT was time for the salad harvest last week in Dulargy National School. The School Gardening Project is now in its seventh year and going from strength to strength.
6th class have participated in the full 7 years of the project and for their final year grew a range of salad crops, including mixed lettuces, rocket, mustard leaves, scallions and edible sunflowers in their raised bed in the school vegetable garden. The 6th class bed was harvested last week and the students then made a delicious salad in class for everyone to try. They added in chive flowers, mint, parsley, pansies, wild strawberries and nasturtium leaves from the herb garden for extra variety and flavour.
The gardening project is run by parents Roisin Cotter, Terri McKeown and Eileen McGeown and all materials are funded by the Dulargy Parents Association. The project gives each child in the school the opportunity to sow seeds and watch their plants grow, until they are ready to be brought home. Each class grows flowers or vegetables or both. This year Junior Infants grew sunflowers, Senior Infants grew courgettes, 1st class grew peas, 2nd and 3rd classes are growing lettuces and sweetcorn, 4th class are growing blight resistant potatoes and 5th class are growing onions and carrots.
The gardening team would like to wish our current 6th class the very best of luck as they start a new phase of their lives in Secondary School in September. The gardening project continues in September, with the start of the new school year and the harvest of the crops for bringing home!