Over the Christmas break the garden has been busying growing new vegetables and herbs. Carrots are busily growing, almost ready for harvesting. Tomatoes have been slowly ripening on the vines in the Aquaponics. Apples have been growing in our orchard. We have even had lots of weeds!
Today we had our first kitchen session for the year. We were all ready to use our new kitchen equipment when the power went out. We got to use our new cooking benches we purchased with our grant. Even though we had no power to cook our food ourselves we were able to cook most of the recipes on the gas stove top in the kitchen.
There was lots to do in the garden today.
Testing the Ph levels in our aquaponics system
Harvesting silverbeet and parsley seeds for next year
Removing plants that have gone to seed
Planting pumpkin seeds because we ARE going to win the ‘grow the biggest pumpkin’ competition!
Nailing tins on to the new posts
Spreading poop and straw over the garden beds 🙂
… and the list goes on
It was a beautiful day to be out in the garden and it’s great to see how far we have come since the beginning of this program. 3 garden beds have now become 10 with the addition of 2 compost bays, a worm farm, a garden shed, green houses, multiple posts with hanging pots, and a very expensive aquaponics system! Not to mention the NEW outdoor classroom that is amazing!! We are very lucky to have a space like this in our school 🙂
On Friday we had a busy day gardening, painting and harvesting in our garden.
We began painting the herb poles which we put in last semester. We harvested parsley and silverbeet.
We tested the water in our Aquaponics.
Gardening on PhotoPeach
On Friday we had our first kitchen session for the new semester. We currently have lots of silverbeet growing in our garden so we made a potato, tomato and silverbeet curry, a pumpkin, silverbeet and feta salad and flat bread.
It was great to see so many eager students who enjoyed their first session.
Kitchen Session on PhotoPeach