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With the recent rain, the veggies gardens are really coming to life this year with promising growth and some produce already being harvested.

In the tuckshop area, we planted some lettuces, which are already being used for tuckshop. Some education was needed to make sure that the whole lettuce hearts weren't plucked out altogether and only leaves were harvested to ensure continuous supply. As it were the first lettuces were going to seeds already with the heat. Experience learned, moving on. 

Carrots are growing really well and all the herbs are looking really healthy. Thanks to some parents at school, we were able to add to the variety of herbs in the beds with sweet basil, chives, oregano, sage, afro parsley. We now also have some capsicums and many tomato plants in several beds. Some volunteer plants even had to be relocated.  



The compost and worm towers are filling up nicely and our neighbouring school generously offered to top up our worm count. 

This week, we added some root vegetables in the circular bed, including baby Amsterdam carrots, Detroit beetroot and purple top-white globe turnips. Did you know that you can eat the green foliage on these roots too?

New sturdier frames were erected from bamboo to hold the nets while allowing easier access for pollinators and to growing space for harvest. All beds were fertilised and some beds had some cow manures donated by parents dug in, in preparation for more planting.

In the year 2 patch, we added some climbing peas and snow peas with trellises, sowed plenty of flowers seeds, including marigolds, dianthus and camomile to entice beneficial and interesting insects. We also added more beetroots and turnips, short Kuroda carrots. With the abundant rain, the strawberries are looking very lush and producing ample new runners. The lemon-scented eucalyptus is positively glowing with new growth.


 We started including new plant labels to foster even more interests in our already curious students. On Friday, we will prepare the beds for the holiday break by spreading mulch, securing the nets and tidying the compost areas.

 

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Comment by Dave Riley on March 31, 2019 at 17:09

Fortunately first term is coming to an end. Not that I've got anything against the Queensland curriculum -- but gardening in the Summer heat can be so hard to sustain.

Comment by Susan on March 31, 2019 at 16:57

Looks lovely Valerie. 

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