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Saving Our School Garden - A Science project

posted Nov 7, 2018, 3:11 PM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 3:11 PM ]
The pupils of 5th class are undertaking a science project that we hope to bring to the Science Blast science fair in Mar.

The following are the details of our entry so far:

TitleThe weeds are winning!. How can we save our school garden? (Raised beds overgrown with invasive weeds, veggies failing badly, where is the wildlife?) We need to save our school garden but want to do so with biodiversity in mind. Is this possible?


  • Raised beds are  overgrown with invasive weeds - we may have to spray
  • Veggies failing badly - the soil may need to be improved
  • Where is the wildlife> - There are not enough worms in our raised beds
How will your class gather evidence to answer their question?
  • We will conduct experiments to investigate effects of shade (from trees) on our raised beds. 

    We need to consult expert opinion to determine how we might get rid of the highly invasive Mares Tail weed. We really want to do so without spraying if possible
  • We will examine our soil and use test kits to determine if the soil suits the vegetables we are trying to grow.
  • We will do an audit of the wildlife living in the school garden. Are there plants we need to add to cater for pollinators such as bees and butterflys. 
How will your class organise information?

We will represent data using a combination of charts, diagrams and reports.

Curriculum Link - which strand/area of learning is most relevant to your project?
ROI - Living Things