Spring Planting in Community Garden

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Environment, Garden, Herbs, Students | Posted on September 18, 2018

This week many grades have enjoyed planting in the Community Garden.  We have been weeding grade boxes and planting a variety of vegetables and herbs.  Kasandra from Bunnings Fountain Gate assisted our Prep students to plant.  2E and other grades enjoyed planting lots of vegetables and learning about worms. We have enjoyed exploring the garden and investigating what is growing.

Raking the garden path.

Watering our new plants.

Look at us all planting! What fun we had working in the garden!

Planting lots of vegetables.

Planting some vegetables.

Weeding all the boxes!

2E enjoyed planting their grade boxes.

Berwick Lodge Garden Club Cooking 2016

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Cooking, Garden, Harvesting, Herbs, Students | Posted on December 8, 2016

Throughout winter students from our Garden Club enjoyed the opportunity to cook produce harvested from the School Community Garden.  We cooked a range of foods including fried rice, zucchini soup, egg plant fritters and vegetable muffins.   We loved harvesting, chopping, grating, slicing and then tasting what we had cooked.  It was wonderful to see the students trying foods which they had never eaten before, especially egg plant fritters!

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Garden Club Students enjoy cooking!

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Cooking, Garden, Harvesting, Herbs, Students, Uncategorized | Posted on May 26, 2016

Our garden club students have enjoyed the opportunity to cook egg plant fritters over two lunchtimes.  Thank you to Mrs. Musco and Miss Cooper for assisting with making the egg plant fritters.  We harvested the egg plants on the morning of the cooking activity, sliced and salted them, rinsed and dried them and then dipped the egg plant into batter.  Mrs Musco then cooked the egg plant fritters.  We loved trying a new vegetable which was grown in our school community garden.  We can’t wait to cook again!

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Community Garden Harvest Stall Friday 24th October 2015

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Donations, Environment, Garden, Harvesting, Herbs, Parents, Students, Uncategorized | Posted on October 25, 2015

We held our Community Garden Harvest stall on Friday and the students eagerly harvested the produce during lunch time and set up our stall.  There was plenty of yummy silver beet, spring onions, lettuce, mint, coriander, parsley, rosemary, celery, onions and kale for sale.  All items were purchased by gold coin donation with all proceeds going directly back into our garden program.  Thank you to all the families and community members who support our garden. IMG_3035 IMG_3036

Community Garden Working Bee Friday 9th October 2015

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Environment, Garden, Herbs, Parents, Students, Working Bee | Posted on October 25, 2015

We had a wonderful turn up for our School Community Garden Working Bee. We had many helpers including some new faces which was fantastic.  We shovelled and moved lots of mulch, weeded our garden beds and spread granitic sand on our paths.  A very BIG THANKYOU to our wonderful volunteers and families who helped: Regan G, Daisy C, Nicole C, Andy C, Max G, Mariska M, Sebastian M, Rebecca M, Laura W, Olivia W, Cooper K, Natalia N, Stan N, Leah M, Jasper W, Harvey W, Jo W, Skye M, Patricia M, Miss Cooper, Peter S, Hannah S, Rhianna G, Zara G, Mr Kelly, Madylin G, Miss Craig, Miss Quelch, Mrs Naismith, Ms Gilliland, June C, Mrs King and a few other people that assisted as well. The children all had a wonderful time moving the mulch and watering our plants. As they say ‘many hands make light work’ and it certainly did!

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Harvest Stall 11th September 2015

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Donations, Environment, Garden, Herbs, Parents, Students | Posted on October 25, 2015

We held a successful Harvest Stall at school. Our garden club students harvested the produce during recess and lunchtime and then we offered this to our school community for a gold coin donation.  All proceeds go straight back into the garden program.  We raised $72 for our garden program.  Thank you to all the families that support our garden.

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Berwick Lodge Students working in the garden! End of Term 2 2015.

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Environment, Garden, Herbs, Indiginous Plants, recycling, Students | Posted on July 11, 2015

During the last week of term 2, all grades had the opportunity to work in the School Community Garden.  Many grades planted out their seedlings from the class hothouse. Some grades enjoyed the time in the garden with their buddy grade.  It was fantastic to see the older children discovering things with their younger buddy. The students enjoyed discovering different types of herbs growing including mint, coriander, parsley, thyme and basil. They smelt each herb and looked at the differences in leaves and seeds. We looked at the leaf structure of plants and learnt about some of the natives flowering in the garden including kangaroo paws.  Some students found worms and were amazed at the size of some tiny pest that were eating our Kale.  The students have been challenged to find a ‘natural’ solution to removing pests from the garden.  Our garden is organic and totally free from any chemicals.  It will be interesting to see what they can find to assist with ridding these tiny pests from our garden!  Well done to all the grade 3/4 students who collect and empty our food scrap buckets each day into our compost. We now have lots of worms breaking this down into usable compost soil.

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Berwick Lodge Student Garden Club – Make Fried Rice – Thursday 18th June 2015

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Cooking, Garden, Harvesting, Herbs, Students | Posted on July 11, 2015

We had a fantastic and very busy lunch time making fried rice.  At recess, we harvested the vegetables from our School Community Garden and then during lunch time we chopped, grated and prepared the vegetables for the fried rice.  It smelt delicious!  Thankyou to Mrs Naismith, Mrs Musco, Miss Cooper and Mrs McCrum for helping.

Recipe for Fried Rice (This can be varied at home depending on seasonal vegetables available)

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil                                                       6 silver beet stalks, roughly chopped

2 brown onions, finely chopped                                      4 peppers, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped                                        2 bunches of bok choy, roughly chopped

3 zucchini, grated                                                               1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped

1 bunch of coriander, finely chopped                            Cracked pepper

2 carrots, grated                                                                4 cups of cooked rice (precook this prior to making fried rice)

Method:

  • Step 1   Heat the oil in a large saucepan or wok over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, uncovered, stirring often, for 2 minutes or until slightly soft.
  • Step 2   Add all the chopped vegetables and herbs and cook, uncovered, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes or until slightly soft. Reduce heat to medium and cook, partially covered, until the vegetables are tender.
  • Step 3   Add 4 cups of cooked rice and mix thoroughly.
  • Step 4   Cook over medium heat, uncovered, stirring regularly, for 2-3 minutes or until warmed through (do not allow the bottom to stick). Serve immediately.

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Garden Club Making Zucchini Soup 7th May 2015

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Cooking, Garden, Harvesting, Herbs, Students | Posted on May 19, 2015

At recess time, we harvested the zucchinis from our school community garden.  Twenty four excited garden club students enjoyed making zucchini soup during lunchtime. They assisted with chopping, grating, mixing and cooking our zucchini soup.  It tasted delicious! Thank you to Mrs. Musco, Miss Cooper and Mrs. McCrum for helping with the cooking. We can’t wait to cook again!

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Mrs Musco is cooking the soup.

Mrs Musco is cooking the soup.

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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!

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