Autumn days bring time for lots of nature play, seed planting, harvesting, cooking and eating.
A great start to Garden Club this term & there is lots to be done to keep our garden looking good but also to take advantage of the best seasonal growing season Spring & Summer.
Classes are divided up into groups of 10 and given a group name MUSHROOMS, MANGOES, MINT, CARROTS, BEANS, STRAWBERRIES,
This week the chessboard lawn was aerated and received a good dose of water saving pellets, the frog bog was cleaned out & yes we have a FROG! and lots of little egg nests were found. Students went on Nature Hunts to get up close and personal with their garden and to learn as they foraged for items to stick on their bracelets. Garden beds were weeded, seeds were saved, seeds were planted and worm wee was fed to the garden beds. String lines were created to cut a level hedge out the front of the school. Peas were eaten off the vin, carrots were dug up, which is always fun - sometimes eaten sometimes not.
Green diaries are still on back order and we hoping they will arrive this week so that the kids can keep records of their findings, growings and planting.
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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