A School Vegetable Garden...on holiday

The primary school that my daughters attend is really lucky to have an amazing vegetable garden. It is a large area and in addition to vegetable beds and fruit trees, includes a greenhouse, shadehouse, super-huge shed for classes and activities on rainy days, , woodfired oven with eating area, a wetland, a chookpen (with broody hens!), a 'jungle' (section of bush with pathways and bridges), a maze AND a fairy garden that the younger kids love to visit and post notes to the magical fairies in the letterbox there.

Contrary to popular belief, the magical fairies do not care for the gardens over the long, (usually!) hot summer. It is in fact willing parents and friends of the school. Meeting once a week seemed like a good idea for the Friday veggie gardening group I'm in, we could continue to get our 'fix', plus help out the school with no committments of hosting the group at our homes along with the hoard of energetic, hungry kids that make holidays...well...holidays!

I wanted to share a few pics of the school garden, as it is really looking great at the moment..something for the school community to be very proud of...


Yellow fleshed plums..they are as delicious as they look! Of course we had to try some..

Plum tree, citrus and rhubarb bed

Herb beds, including 'pizza garden' and healing garden

Nashi tree absolutley laden with fruit! A nashi is technically a pear although they  have several apple characteristics.
So yummy!

Hard at work...but not too hard. It is the holidays, after all.


Long stemmed lavender and raspberries..a thornless variety, which produced an abundant crop this year

Golden nasturtiums

By visiting the garden a few times over the holidays, at least when the kids return to start a new school year one of their first jobs won't be weeding, and the plants that they sowed/planted late last year will be surviving and (hopefully) thriving from the waterings they received.

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  1. I think it is a good idea for schools to have a garden so the kids can be outside and with their hands in the dirt. What a great garden your school has.

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  2. what a lovely school garden! my kiddies primary school started putting in chooks and trees and garden what-nots last year - but have nothing like the wonderland of your school! very inspiring I must say!

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  3. That letterbox for the fairies is a wonderful idea! What a way to get feedback and make some 'magic' happen for the children. Beautiful!

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  4. Seriously Christine...I have school garden envy. How absolutely positively wonderful. Tell me, do the kids love it? How is the garden incorporated into the school day? Through general lessons, specific garden lessons, outside of school hours?
    How lovely for them!

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  5. wonderful. Iam looking at my weedy, seedy, messy summer vege patch up here in the tropics, thinking to myself... "where do I start?" You have inspired me to make that start.

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  6. Wow, look at all that produce! I love the nashi pears and plums! Must be really fabulous for the girls...

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  7. How wonderful! Love the photo of the nashi tree, never seen them growing before -never mind garden envy, i think i have school envy... wish I had been to a school like that !

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  8. Thats a wonderful garden Christine and I love that your garden group is caring for it in the break!

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  9. Wow how lucky for the school to have such willing and committed parents! Sounds like everyone loves it - what a great way to bring the community together.

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  10. We're really lucky, Debbie.

    I love hearing what other schools are doing, Ronnie. It makes me happy that more and more are putting these types of things in. Enjoy watching your school garden grow :)

    Yes, some of the 'requests' that appear in the letterbox are very inventive/imaginative Sonya! The kids love it.

    Brydie, the kids have a lot of access to the garden. Each day, a different class has a turn to have their lunch over there, run around and explore.

    A Junior Landcare program is also in place and runs once a week..again rotating between the classes. Two classes have a go each week (out of a total 8). The classes are split into three groups and usually offer the following: craft activity, hands-on gardening or cooking (using produce available from the garden). With more parent volunteers and a well planned program, the kids really enjoy going over there and just love to take produce home! The garden is also used for house cross country races and camp programs. It's a fabulous asset to the school.

    Wonderful, Amanda! Have fun :)

    The fruit over there is amazing this year, Celia! Great fun for the kids to see it all growing...

    I know what you mean, Jo. My primary school had a large, dusty oval and plenty of concrete 'play' areas..hmph!

    Thanks, Tammy. It's a nice way to catch up with others, as well as letting the kids release some energy :)

    It's amazing how it draws people to the school, Sarah. A great place for the kids. :)

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  11. 8 classes?...sheesh. We are looking at 6 just for kindergarten next year...It all sounds wonderful though.

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  12. WOW! What an amazing garden. So many meaningful learning opportunities for the children, and a great way for the community to get involved in the school. You must all be so incredibly proud of your efforts.

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Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

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