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.
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.
Slaters have been eating all our freshly planted seedlings!
We discovered a natural way to deter them from eating the stems and cutting them down. We placed juiced half oranges next to each new seedling and every morning the students go and collect all the little critters that hide inside the halved orange. Our seedlings are now safe and the chickens are loving a big feed of slaters and critters every morning.
What to do with in empty crate?
Turn in into a "Potato Pit" of course!
Can you smell the baked potatoes already? We are planning a Hot Potato Day. The Plant Shop were kind enough to donate us 7kg of certified seed potatoes! For every kilo planted, it should return 10kg potatoes.
We have only planted 1kg and look at them go! So maybe we will have plenty of hot potato days to come!
A visual diary of the garden at Bonbeach Primary School built by Growing Green Thumbs & many many little hands
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