Busy as Bees in the Garden

Spring time is busy in the College gardens! The I-XL Environment class have been harvesting their Spring vegies and planting Summer crops.

Busy as Bees in the Garden

Term 4, 2021 Spring time is busy in the College gardens! The I-XL Environment class have been harvesting their Spring vegies (peas, carrots, beetroot, rainbow chard) and planting Summer crops (tomatoes, beans and pumpkins) over the last couple of weeks. In Term 2, the students tied corn stems together and made tee-pees for our sweet peas to climb, and now we are enjoying bountiful sweet pea bouquets. The class are trialling the 'Three Sisters Method' to grow corn, beans and pumpkins as companion plants. The corn provides something for the beans to climb on, the beans fix nitrogen into the soil for the corn, and the pumpkin shelters the soil as a ground cover. The Year 7 & 8 students are collecting and drying the petals from their yellow and orange calendulas and blue corn flowers. They can be used to make flavoured black tea or added to our recycled paper-making pulp to add some colour. The class have been learning about recycling waste, and have made weeds into a valuable garden resource. By pulling out nettle and mallow weeds and steeping them for weeks in water students have made ‘fertiliser tea’, which is a great for the vegies! Junior School visited the gardens to investigate what the Middle School students have been growing.