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Harvesting Strasberries

Gardening club is open to Middle and Junior School students with Middle School taking care of the ‘gully’ with Mr Wong and the Junior School looking after the Vegetable/Herb garden and surrounding citrus trees near the pool with Mrs Burton.

Children in particular will have lots of fun and gain special benefits. Gardening is educational and develops new skills including:
•Responsibility – from caring for plants
•Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
•Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown
•Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in pleasant place
•Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
•Physical activity – doing something fun and productive outdoors
•Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork
•Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food
•Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from.

We meet on Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings from 7.30-8.00 (this term the boys have been put on a roster system). So far we have weeded, composted, and planted ‘Carrots, Bean. Strasberries ( yes a mixed strawberry raspberry) … eggplants and pumpkins to name a few and have just harvested a couple of boxes of mandarins …We are hoping the passionfruit vine takes off and we have loads of herbs and different types of lettuce planted too.

Happy gardening

Mrs Gwenda Burton
burtong@atc.qld.edu.au
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