Term 3 in the garden

Welcome new chickens! BEPS became a home for two chickens who needed a new place to live, so a special welcome to Gizmo and Sunshine. We now have 6 wonderful chickens who do amazing work for our kitchen garden – turning our weeds into precious compost and, of course, giving us eggs to cook with….

Gardening learning at home

Kitchen scrap gardening Students at Brunswick East discovered during home learning that there are many different and surprising ways to grow edible plants, even without a backyard or access to soil. One of these growing options is regrowing plants from kitchen scraps in water. Here Ethan successfully regrew celery, spring onions and turnip greens from…

Cooking with our native plants and propagating some more!

It’s an exciting time for our garden – the bush foods and potatoes we planted last year are finally big and strong enough to harvest and cook with. It’s also the time of year to propagate native seeds. So we have been busy kitchen gardeners!! Native propagating With a view to planting down at the…

Rosemary and Potato focaccia

With a few of the early potatoes ready and an always abundant supply of rosemary, we decided to finish the year creating rosemary and potato focaccias – delicious Italian flat breads. As always, enthusiastic requests for the recipe followed the tasting – so here it is, plus some photos of the cooking, showing the fabulous…

Bath Bombs! (Plus Prickly Pear Pizza)

Bath Bombs As excitement builds for the Twilight Market, the kitchen garden is keen to join in with the fundraising spirit! Discussing the value of making-your-own and using lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus leaves from our garden, as well as very careful kitchen skills, we are engaging in the delicate and precise operation that is bath…

Merri Creek excursion, potato grass heads and a seasonal salad

4,5,6 students recently participated in a local walk and planting excursion down to the Merri Creek.  We made connections to their inquiries into colonisation and indigenous culture discussing the interesting history of the creek and learnt how planting indigenous trees, grasses and shrubs will enhance the biodiversity and help restore the health of the creek….

Indigenous bush foods

All this term, as well as getting our beds and hot houses ready for a productive spring, we have been learning about indigenous plants and constructing our very own bush foods garden. Students have done a wonderful job converting an unused area of the garden to a special place for growing edible native plants. Each…

Edible weeds, beets, seeds and damper

As part of our investigation into edible indigenous foods this term, we are also throwing in a bit of edible weed knowledge. So far we’ve looked at chickweed (the small leafed plant pictured below) and mallow (the larger leaf). They are probably somewhere in your yard at home! In cooking this week, we stumbled upon…

Fattoush!

The students at BEPS are always keen to cook, and when I see coriander, radish, rocket, mizuna and parsley all ready to harvest, I think fattoush! Although some students weren’t keen on the radish taste test, by the time it was finely chopped and mixed through this delicious recipe, there were only empty bowls and…

Cooking with our winter greens

With rocket, coriander and parsley all ready to pick on a sunny winter day – why not make some tabouli? Throw in some falafels and you have a meal. The BEPS kids had a lot of fun putting together this quick and easy meal with greens we grew ourselves. Very proud of their kitchen skills…

What a waste!

Hot composting In term 2 we are rethinking waste and investigating some of the wonderful things you can do with it – like hot composting! Students started by sorting waste into categories – was it ever alive or not? – as hot composts can decompose anything that was once living. Then we learned how to…

Veggie garden – our whole school’s project.

When we started school this year our poor veggie beds were all tired and dried up. Instead of having the parents prepare the garden beds for the students, we decided to give the children agency over their own veggie patch. Every student from every year level has been involved in this project- digging out the…