Great few sessions recently with the Clooney Older Youth Club & Foyle Down Syndrom trust in Clooney centre on Biodiversity. One week we planted pots of Wild Teasel for the folks to take home and to dot around the centre, and then we planted pots of McLeod Daffodils for again the folks to take home...thanks to
This past week we've been planting Wild Teasel in pots with the Youth Club in Clooney Centre. Wild Teasel is a super plant for attracting a whoel host of beneficial insects to the garden and many garden birds go mad for the late summer seed heads, the flower can also be dried for flower arranging or if left tall and proud looks class covered in autumn dew or frost.
Rather than planting the teasel in the ground we planted them in these re-used plastic buckets, thus the kids can take them home and grow them on in the buckets in their back garden (or replant later to a spot in their garden).
We sowed these Teasel plants towards the end of September, and these will happily over winter outside and flower next summer.
A super night in Clooney Community Centre launching the new Defensive Planting leaflet. Developed with PSNI Foyle Crime Prevention Team, this Leaflet sees a focus being placed on how your garden can be used as a crime-fighting tool...Fighting Crime with Flower Power!
On the evening aswell as the presentation the Community Safety Wardens from Derry City Council were on -hand highlighting all the crime-fighting tools that residents can obtain through them for Free, such as the wheelie-bin locks, oil tank locks, locks, chains and lights...a wonderful piece of organisation from Christopher Cooper from Clooney Community Centre to get everyone involved.
The event was covered by Dean McLoughlin from BBC News and listen here (about 8.10am for the piece from BBC Breakfast time) on Friday 28th june show for some interviews from the evening.
Homebase in Crescent Link had supplied a super range of Climbing Roses for the event, these were talked about as being ideal for planting below windows to prevent unwanted types from peering into your windows and for planting on walls and fences to prevent Graffiti, a super selection is available in-store now.
This Thursday evening come along to Clooney Community Centre from 7pm for the launch of the Defensive Planting leaflet.
The evening will see the launch of this leaflet with PSNI Foyle also the complimentary presentation highlighting how the use of Climbing roses, pictured, helps to reduce graffiti and other anti-social problems, how pruning hedges and trees can reduce burglary and how DNA marking your tools should be a must-do job!!
Everyone is welcome to this event, no need to book just show up on the evening.
Would the ancient woodland around Ashbrook House be home to Derrys oldest oak? That was the question that the kids from Clooney After Schools club went to answer...
They explored every corner of the Ashbrook woodland...and through every puddle and stream! but alas no giant oaks...but some amazing Beech trees and wonderful bluebells. Thanks to Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership and Ashbrook House for organising the outing...kids had a blat!! Although I will admit that as soojn as the bus stopped at Clooney on the way back I ran for my car...before parents could get a hold of me!! more pics to follow!!
This past week we have been sowing buckets of cut-and-come-again salads in Clooney Community Centre, we were using a salad mix for this, thus giving a range of salad leaves and interest for the growers
As you know I'm a big fan of Comfrey fertiliser and this week in Clooney Community centre we were making tubs of pure organic liquid fertiliser for the kids tubs they've been planting over the past number of weeks.
When they were filling the tubs the guys thought it smelt of cucumber...let's see if they're brave enough to smell it in a few weeks
Busy afternoon in Clooney Community Centre after schools club, today we planted pumpkin and sunflower pots, with a wee sowing of rocket worked in too
So far we've done peas, lettuce, strawberry, spuds, raffish, carrots, pumpkins, sunflower and rocket. Christopher Cooper has an enthusiastic bunch of gardeners here!! more from Clooney Community Centre here
this past week in Clooney Community Centre after schools club we've been busy planting tubs full of strawberry plants. As part of the Little acorns programme with Christopher Cooper. Teh kids expecially liked the Fish,Blood and Bone Meal fertiliser!!
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond