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Since we had a Community Day yesterday I used the excuse to renovate the school garden.

This is a primary school project I've been engaged in for a few years now. Each week we take almost all classes through the gardening program. At other times it is deployed as a chill out or distraction zone for problem -- as in acting out --students.

ABOVE:At left is 'the maze'. Once upon a time it was a Sunflower maze, but now it is embracing Vetiver Grass for walls.By next term -- next year -- we should be able to lose a whole class in it.
Along the back fence is our crop of popping corn...and white mulberry ("white" so that the children don't arrive home stained purple after consumption).The gumboot has a pair and may be looking for a foot or two.

Also planted are passionfruit -- always popular -- and dragon fruit. At right are cucumbers and a lot of exotic squashes. Tromboncino too.
The 'bath' in the middle of the converted air-con unit carries the school logo in mosaic form.The resident Butcher Birds appreciate it.
Under the large gum at the back(& over the fence) are our native bee hives.
ABOVE:This is the 'red' chill-out area. After the children plant or harvest or whatever they retire to the red tent, sit on logs, and explore the lesson of their horticultural experience with the teacher.
The red zone is protected by our in-house scare crows.
I call it the 'Red Fort'. The children built it.
We planted a row of pawpaw along the perimeter and a wee pineapple plantation.It now also houses our worm farms.

ABOVE:After harvesting so many tomatoes the beds are being rested.
We do tomatoes real good.
Through the archway is our latest attempt to make GIANT sunflowers.
But they seem to be peaking early.
There was supposed to be a cubby inside all the sunflowers...but the weather hasn't been kind.
The shade tunnel at back is where we raise our seedlings from seed. It is hedged by lavender.

Since I've just mulched the beds with rotted woodchips, this year we won't be covering them ('morgue state' I call it) and I hope to sustain the garden over Summer. This means we can indulge in more perennials.

Most of the produce we harvest, the children get to eat. Some we sell off to the mums and dads at an after school stall each term. We also reward students with vegetables, herbs and the like to take home. What we don't eat, tuck shop takes.

Our  menu --drawing on garden produce -- boasts salsa, salads, potato salad -- and soon -- pizza with zucchini. We gormandized on cucumbers.

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Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on November 5, 2017 at 8:22

what awesome work you do with the students ! 

Comment by Dave Riley on November 5, 2017 at 7:14

The groundsman got heaps of thew stuff free from a finished building site.

The school grounds are large.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 5, 2017 at 7:06

That's an extensive school garden! As a matter of curiosity, from whence is the shadecloth? I've not seen it in red.

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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

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