Community Garden – Grades replanting boxes

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Fruit trees, Garden, Herbs, Students, Uncategorized | Posted on April 26, 2015

This week, grades began replanting their garden boxes and also planting seeds into a mini hot house to take back to their classroom.  There was lots of excitement about finding things within the garden including a squash, succulents, fruit trees and the mystery bean stalk which is growing tiny beans. The children enjoyed planting and learning about the parts of plants including how to look after them and care for them within their classroom.  As a part of our schools ANZAC commemorations for the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, some grades were planting the Flanders Poppy seeds to begin the start of a memorial garden within our school grounds. We look forward to seeing these poppies grow!

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Prep M helping plant in the garden.

Prep M helping plant in the garden.

Look at this plant!  Do you know what it is?

Look at this plant! Do you know what it is?

Prep M with their hot house planted full of seeds.  I wonder what they are growing?

Prep M with their hot house planted full of seeds. I wonder what they are growing?

I think I have got it!

I think I have got it!

Miss Kelly is plating plants with her grade!

Miss Kelly is planting plants with her grade!

We love working in the garden and hanging out with our friends!

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Look at 4K, we have planted lots of seeds.

Look at 4K, we have planted lots of seeds.

We love the digging box.  I wonder how many things are in the bottom of the box?

We love the digging box. I wonder how many things are in the bottom of the box?

Can you find the mystery bean stalk?

Can you find the mystery bean stalk?

Mrs. Naismith is working with 6N in the garden.

Mrs. Naismith is working with 6N in the garden.

Mrs. Morgan is planting some seedlings in 3M's garden box.

Mrs. Morgan is planting some seedlings in 3M’s garden box.

We are all helping in the garden.

We are all helping in the garden.

I can't believe we still have things growing...herbs, zuchini, tomatoes and even beans!

I can’t believe we still have things growing…herbs, zuchini, tomatoes and even beans!

We are planting seedlings for our grade.

We are planting seedlings for our grade.

Just hanging out with my friends in the garden.

Just hanging out with my friends in the garden.

Mrs Rumble is planting seedlings with her grade 5R.

Mrs Rumble is planting seedlings with her grade 5R.

Look at what we are planting.

Look at what we are planting with Miss Cooper.

More digging in the digging box!

More digging in the digging box!

I love playing in the garden.

I love playing in the garden.

We found the mystery bean stalk!! It is growing up a sun flower stalk!

We found the mystery bean stalk!! It is growing up a sun flower stalk!

Community Garden Twilight Open Night 28th November 2014 – Getting Ready!

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Donations, Fruit trees, Furniture, Garden, Grants, Herbs, Parents, recycling, Students, Timber, Working Bee | Posted on December 1, 2014

What a wonderful day we had getting ready for our big Twilight Garden Opening night celebration.  The morning started early with a delivery of granitic sand and rocks to top up our paths and dry creek bed.  Andy Coupar our landscaper and wife Nicole were very busy all morning getting things ready.  The excitement was building as we had a steady stream of grades coming to visit the garden and place their class scarecrow into the garden in anticipation of being chosen as the winner.  Trish Luke came down with a few helpers from her class to complete the drawings on the chalkboards and they looked magnificent!  We had a few parents stay and assist, thanks to Toni Sier and Sharon Smiley, your help was greatly appreciated.  Thank you to all of the parents who have helped in many ways within the garden. We weeded, tidied, swept, planted, placed scarecrows and by 2pm our garden was looking amazing. The excitement was building around school as the eager students couldn’t wait until the end of the day to have a look.  We had the official photographer come and take photos at 4pm and the light in the garden was beautiful.  From then on, it was a continuous stream of families turning up in readiness for our opening.  A big thank you to the wonderful staff at BLPS who helped in various ways from cooking sausages on the BBQ, collecting Scarecrows, Setting up Games, organising the choir and Chinese songs, organising the Art Show or assisting in many other ways we are truly lucky to have such dedicated staff who helped to create a wonderful atmosphere at our school.  At 5.45pm Mick Morland, the Mayor for the City of Casey, officially openend our garden with an unveiling of a plaque and cutting of a ribbon.  Our School Captains, Ruby and Kav spoke confidently and represented our school with pride.  The garden opening was a celebration of the achievements of a hard working staff, parents, students and members of our community who assisted in many ways throughout the year to see the project through.  Our school now has a wonderful outdoor learning space that provides different learning opportunities for our students.  Congratulations Berwick Lodge PS on a fantastic team effort!  Visit our BLOG again very soon to see more photos from the night!

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Nicole working hard!

Nicole working hard!

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JSC water feature plaque.

JSC water feature plaque.

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Anyone for a game?

Anyone for a game?

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George Clooney is in our garden!

George Clooney is in our garden!

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1K winning scare crow!

1K winning scare crow!

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6N winning scarecrow!

6N winning scarecrow!

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Andy working hard.

Andy working hard.

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Helping Ms. Luke with the drawings.

Helping Ms. Luke with the drawings.

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Trish Luke working her magic!

Trish Luke working her magic!

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Setting up for the opening.

Setting up for the opening.

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Fairy Garden.

Fairy Garden.

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Our compost bins.

Our compost bins.

Potting Benches.

Potting Benches.

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Mr Grossek - Principal and Sandra McCrum - Garden coordinator.

Mr Grossek – Principal and Sandra McCrum – Garden coordinator.

Our School Captains, Ruby, Kav and Yasmin.

Our School Captains, Ruby, Kav and Yasmin.

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Planting of Citrus Trees and Other plants!

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Donations, Fruit trees, Garden, Students | Posted on November 3, 2014

A BIG THANKYOU to Garden World who kindly provided our citrus fruit trees and other plants at 50% off!  We now have 3 different varities of oranges, two different lemons, a lime and also a blueberry and thornless blackberry bush.  They also kindly provided some Asian seeds and seedling for us to plant.  Thank you to the students who assisted with planting and watering our new plants! You can also shop at Garden World: http://www.gardenworldshop.com.au/

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Donation of Fruit Trees for Community garden by YALCA fruit trees.

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Donations, Fruit trees, Garden | Posted on September 17, 2014

A very BIG THANKYOU to YALCA Fruit trees for kindly donating a large variety of fruit trees for us to plant within the community garden.  Their web site is full of interesting facts about a large variety of fruit trees, including heirloom trees.  If you are considering planting fruit trees in the future, please have a look at their website. http://www.yalcafruittrees.com.au/ or alternatively, contact Campbell Holt who was very helpful and generous with his donation of trees.

Yalca Fruit Trees P.O. Box 249 Nathalia 3638 Victoria Australia    03 5868 2062  info@yalcafruittrees.com.au

 

Community Garden Build Day 1 Saturday 31st May 2014.

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Donations, Fruit trees, Garden, Herbs, Parents, Students, Uncategorized, Working Bee | Posted on May 31, 2014

A huge THANK YOU to the wonderful staff and parents from BLPS that came to help on the first day of our garden build.  We moved mountains today and have laid out the basic structure for the garden. The Community Garden space started the day as a 400m square weedy blank canvas and after 9 hours, has been transformed into what will become a faboulous garden. The PFA worked really hard in the court yard, painting and replanting.  It looks great!  The community garden space has been transformed into a great space which is now fully fenced and the beginning stages of garden boxes have been laid out including the path.  Our landscaper, Andrew Coupar, also a Dad from our school, worked flat out laying out our garden, building the tank stands and constructing the dry creek bed and frog bog. Awesome job Andrew! Paul Cook, another Dad from our school worked flat out on his bob cat moving soil, rocks, dirt and helping transform our garden site. Great work Paul! Thanks to their wonderful wives (Nicole and Sarah, and their children) for also helping and supporting our project! Thanks to Matt McCrum(my husband) and two of our sons for constructing over 100m of fence.  Thanks to a few of our wonderful teachers, Miss Luke, Miss Kelly, Miss Maskery, Miss Craig, Mrs Chandler, Miss Old, Mr Pryor and Mrs Musco who turned up to paint, construct and lay out the garden and also the parents who assisted in revamping the court yard.  Thanks to Mr. Pryor and Mrs Musco for cooking a yummy BBQ and keeping us fed!  Thanks to the other parents who raked up leaves, painted boxes, supervised children and assisted with many other jobs.

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