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. Our chickens laid over 100 eggs this winter – top work girls!
Winter is the perfect time for growing coriander. When back at school late last term each student in the 1,2,3s was given a handful of seeds and learnt how to plant their own bunch. One of the wonderful things about growing your own food is it can save money. We estimated we turned about $1 worth of seeds into about $100 worth of coriander bunches! When ready to harvest, it was picked and given away to the school community.
Amazing plant parts
We also loved learning about coriander as our focus of learning for this term is plant parts and amazingly coriander is a plant that you can eat every single part: root, stem, leaves, seeds and even flowers.
Students in Prep – 3 were able to witness seeds sprouting with their own eyes – something usually hidden underground – by creating Seed Viewers. Here is Fox’s:
SPROUTING SEEDS FOR EATING
STEMS and LEAVES
For Science Week, we learnt about the amazing role of stems, leaves and transpiration for plants through a colour experiment that followed the flow of water upwards – much quicker than expected!
We learnt about the important role flowers play for plants – attracting pollinating insects such as bees – so the plant can make a seed or fruit. Students celebrated this learning by observing pollinators at work in their yards and saying some lovely words of thanks to the bees.
As well as pursuing their own personal kitchen garden passion projects (see images below for a sample) – designing mini-recipe books, spring planting, plant research, starting a backyard compost system and much more – students in Years 4,5 and 6 have been exploring global energy sources and the many ways we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. While in charge of their own imaginary household students discovered how many 1000s of kilograms could be saved with a few simple actions – like planting trees or composting. Well done carbon crusaders!
The natives we propagated from Merri Creek seeds in Autumn are growing well after we repotted the successful sprouts together. These will be used soon for habitat restoration projects along the Merri Creek near the school and will take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow.
It has been the highlight of my term to see you all in the online meet ups so I wanted to finish the blog with a big thank you for all turning up enthusiastically each week with great questions, comments, stories and projects to share so we could do so much gardening learning together.