Green thumbs are proud

Stu­dents love their gar­dens’ pro­duce and ap­pre­ci­ate ef­forts that have gone into the set up

Central and North Burnett Times - - BACKYARD -

STU­DENTS at the Biggen­den State School en­joy plant­ing seeds, watch­ing them growand then turn­ing the pro­duce into healthy meals

Walk­ing through the veg­etable gar­dens with some of the stu­dents, one gets the im­pres­sion they are all proud of their achieve­ments through the Stephanie Alexan­der Gar­den Project.

There is an ar­ray of gar­den beds scat­tered through the school grounds stocked with veg­eta­bles in sea­son along with fruit trees.

The stu­dents are also ex­per­i­ment­ing and grow­ing pur­ple car­rots and pur­ple cau­li­flower.

Walk­ing through the gar­den’s, they stop and pick off and chewon a leaf or two of cel­ery, kale and let­tuce.

The stu­dents are ap­pre­cia­tive of the ex­tra in­put of Shane John­son in the gar­dens and Tracey Geissler for set­ting up the ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem.

Sam­sonWykamp, who has his own gar­den at home, said “the plants come up quickly here, must be all the good com­postMr John­son adds to the soil”.

Stu­dents have made scare­crows to add to the at­mos­phere of the gar­den.

Fel­low­stu­dent Ti­mothy Geissler made his scare­crow out of re­cy­cled­ma­te­rial and it now­stands tall amongst the ba­nanas.

Afa­mous vis­i­tor to check out the gar­dens last year was celebrity gar­dener Jerry Coleby-Wil­liamswho de­scribed the ven­ture as “fan­tas­tic”.

He left a last­ing im­pres­sion, leav­ing be­hind a va­ri­ety of seeds and seedlings of un­usual crops for the stu­dents to trial.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

GAR­DEN­ING IS FUN: Biggen­den State School stu­dents, An­gus McAskill, Ti­mothy Geissler, Felic­ity Vea Vea, Brit­ney Hardy and Sam­son Wykamp en­joy be­ing part of the Stephanie Alexan­der Gar­den project, which does not use in­sec­ti­cides.

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