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SHS Garden Journal Blog

School Holiday Garden Maintenance

Friday, December 13, 2013

Worms

Keep your worms cool this summer! Before heading off for the holidays make sure your worms are well cared for – check if someone would like to take them home for the holidays. 
Keep your worm farm in a cool shaded area away from direct sun – optimum temperature for worms is around 13 to 25 degrees. 
Top them up with food to munch through – small pieces please, so that when you arrive back you have nutrient rich vermicast ready to give your garden a boost. 
Keep your worm farm moist and clean - flush through around 5 litres of water, keep a bucket handy to collect the juice, dilute to the colour of weak tea to add to your garden plants.
Keep the worm farm tap open over the holidays with a bucket under to collect juice – this will prevent water build up and possible drowning of worms. 

Compost

Stir your compost to aerate, add some moisture and a small handful of dolomite to balance the pH. Cover your compost with a hessian sack and let the busy little compost critters do the work for you while you are away! If you have compost ready to be used add this to your garden in the top 10cm of soil adding nutrient rich humus to keep your garden plants and life healthy while you are away.

Garden Beds

Harvest as much produce as possible to prevent it from rotting or wasting over the holidays. On the last day of school hold a garden harvest stall and give produce to families – you could ask for a small donation to raise funds that will help to purchase plants or seeds for the new year. 

Mulch your garden beds with a generous layer of sugar cane mulch or straw around 5cm thick to add nutrient to the soil, help to retain moisture and protect the soil from summers heat. 

Water is essential in keeping your garden plants and soil life healthy. If you have an irrigation system set the timer to regularly add water to garden beds in the late afternoon or evening. Otherwise organise for watering volunteers through the holidays to maintain the gardens – community members that live close to the school are often keen to help.


Nourish add worm juice and seasol to help boost your plants immunity and promote microbial balance in the soil.

Protect your plants from pests – add some netting around susceptible plants to keep the pests at bay from having a feast on your garden plants.

Have a lovely holiday!

Permaculture Principle – Produce No Waste

Thursday, September 05, 2013
This is a favourite permaculture principle of ours, as it encourages resourcefulness and creativity whilst minimising waste that goes to landfill. The purpose is to engage a shift of thinking from active consumer to thoughtful producer. It involves us actively taking responsibility for the amount of waste that we generate, by making changes to how we view unnecessary purchasing and packaging habits. 


Can we engage children in developing agency in waste reduction? 

Children grasp the concept and are active participants in promoting waste minimisation. They can achieve this through composting, worm farming, rethinking, reducing, reusing and recycling. Role models that support children’s learning and participation, will foster these skills to evolve as a way of life. 

Starting early is the key

Sorting waste is an easy skill for children to manage! Early mathematical skills of sorting and classifying are fostered when children are involved. Combining signage to represent these concepts will enhance pre-reading and writing development. 

What makes this even more interesting for children is the addition of animals, such as worms and chickens. Both these animals contribute to waste minimisation as they munch their way through our food scraps and garden waste. Their work provides us with nutrient rich organic matter called humus, for our garden soil to promote healthy plant growth. When these plants are eaten the nutrients are absorbed to promote the health of all living things – including us. Food scraps that go to landfill produce harmful methane gas and leachate that are pollutants to our environment, creating negative energy and intolerable smells. 

Starting small and embedding achievable practices, such as recycling waste by composting or worm farming will make a difference, leading to further awareness and implementation of other waste reduction strategies. If we take the lead we will inspire others to do the same.  

Positive energy is infectious particularly when children are involved! 

Product Review: "The Little Rotter Worm Farm"

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Little Rotter Worm Farm operates similarly to a Worm Tower. The black plastic bucket has a flip-top lid which opens at the top for the addition of your kitchen scraps; and holes in its base for the worms to travel to and from the soil into the compost for feeding. The worms naturally spread their castings throughout your garden bed, alleviating you of this job!
The included Worm Bomb contains Worm Eggs not mature worms. After you release the bomb, add a small amount of food and water well, your worms will take around 2-3 weeks to hatch.
Your children will be fascinated! We love this product!
Price: $39 (GST inclusive)

Order now using our Resource Order Form

NB Worm Bombs also sold separately and can be added to your compost bin or existing worm farm to enhance their worm population.