Biodiversity Garden Progress….

Students have been busy digging in soil and compost into their gardens to prepare for their Spring plantings. As supplies arrive, students continue to construct their rainwater garden dry creek beds, filling these with river pebbles and planting a variety of plants to filter debris from water heading to drains. Plants to attract butterflies and…

Term 3.

What belongs here? This is our inquiry question for this term and has involved us looking at the history of plants, people and the land in Australia. How and why this has changed over time, what impact white people had when they arrived and how do new species of plants get here?!? The topic of…

Adaptation

This term the focus is on Adaptation and how plants, seeds and animals in the garden adapt to a changing environment. In 1/2/3 we continue caring for our Mystery plants, and are gaining more and more clues as to what they are! Some of us have already discovered we have Carrots, Beans and Broccoli by…

Something to think about…

The world full of nature, the falls and the streams. It was such a great land, it could be seen in dreams.   Our ancestors looked for fruit roaming all around the trees. They scratched and groomed each other completely free of fleas.   But we evolved and invented things, like cars, trains and buses….

Seasons, plants and the environment are changing

As we move into cooler Autumn weather a shift is seen in our plants and garden. Everything is slowing down and getting ready to store energy over the Winter to be used in Spring. In Garden classes we discussed what conditions a seed or plant might need to grow and flourish. We looked at different…

Garden Market 2017

The garden market was held on a warm and sunny Friday recently and was hugely successful! A massive thanks to all the parents, students and friends that came along to help with serving sweet treats, monetary transactions, selling seedlings and vegetables. A special mention to the fabulous buskers providing melodic tunes and entertainment!  

Plant Inquiry Projects

4/5/6 Learning Communities have fully thrown themselves into their plant projects. It has been absolutely amazing to see future innovators and inventors designing and then implementing all manner of ways to change their plant growth! There are structures that have been built to create square pumpkins, tomatoes turning blue, vines being trained into bizarre shapes,…

Summer Observations

The year has begun with sunflowers popping up everywhere, bees busy in the lavender, pumpkins sprawling along the fence, bence climbing, basil, tomatoes and herbs growing effortlessly. We have been seed collecting to add to our growing Seed Bank and have gathered sunflowers, purple beans, parsley, calendula, silverbeet and celery. All of these will be…

Sights and smells of Summer

Warmer days, sprinkling of rain, bees getting busy with the Borage, Sweetpea, Snapdragons, Calendula and Allysum, yep Summer has arrived! Tomato seedlings, Climbing and Dwarf beans, Basil, Kohl Rabi, Carrots, Corn, Watermelon, Cucumber, Eggplant, Dill & Echinacea are all in the ground now and growing steadily. With warmer days now we have been piling on…

The Lizard Lounge

Over the past few months we have been creating a space to encourage species of lizards and insects into the garden to increase our Biodiversity in the school. Logs, stones, rocks, sticks and leaf matter were strategically laid out and then gradually plants were planted. We think lizards will be very happy in their inviting…

SPRING has sprung!

What beautiful weather for a kitchen garden! Rain, sun, warmth and more showers all helping to grow our veggies and fruit and increase the good bug life amongst it all! The end of Term 3 saw us tasting the very first Snowpeas and Beans picked straight from the vine, as well sampling Borage flowers. They…

July has suddenly become August!

Wow, the cold weather and beautiful rain has arrived and August is upon me after July raced by! Out in our Kitchen Garden it looks gorgeously green and lush thanks to the regular downpours and care of the students. The plants have slowed down in this colder period and many are resting….meanwhile we have been…