This week students take on the challenge of growing SUNFLOWERS! Last summer our school garden was full of tall, yellow, heavy seeded flowers & we saved as many heads as we could. Students this week were given a lesson in seed saving and the process. Every little pair of hands got to pick out a few seeds from the giant dried heads and then got to choose a space in the garden they would like to plant them, labelled them so they don't forget and then made watering cans from recycled milk bottles.
Sunflowers have proven to be a great plant to work with as the seeds are big, don't require a lot of love, grow quick and have fantastic big colourful results that no doubt will grow taller than them. Each student is to care for their own plantings over the term & will be given lots of other great gardening tips on how to get the best results.
We cant wait for our school garden to be a mass of brightly coloured yellow giant sunflowers in summertime.
This week the little green thumbs got a lesson in permaculture - land care, earth people & people care and a discussion was had about what works in our garden and what doesn't . We talked about movies and books that show how our planet is affected by waste and what happens if we do not care for our natural environment. 'Bee Movie' & 'Uno's Garden by Graham Base' Students are excited to watch and read these suggestions if you can make this happen for them.
It was decided that the potato bed needed to be moved to make the most of the suns energy and with not too much effort the once donated garden bed was moved to a sunnier spot. It was filled with shredded office paper and broken down cardboard boxes to help reduce our wasted but to also provide a good natural base for what will become the new potato bed.
The Asian Hut has a frog habitat garden around the base of it but with all the little feet that stomp on the plants the habitat was not growing as fast and as protected as well as we had hoped. Recycling old tyres into a native garden wall will replace the current design by providing the hut with lots of little nooks and safe places for the frogs that live but also provide a safer place for those little feet. Some tyres we found in the garden and more will be collected from a car tyre factory to complete the wall. The outcome being not only for the frogs but to also to reduce landfill, recycle dirt from built up areas, create a beautiful structure and provide the students with hours of fun digging dirt and planting native plants. They have set up a native plant nursery where they will care for the plants until ready - native grasses were donated from a school neighbour.
A visual diary of the garden at Bonbeach Primary School built by Growing Green Thumbs & many many little hands
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