A class act
TAKE ONE SCHOOL, LEARN FROM THE GARDEN KNOW-HOW OF THE STUDENTS AND BUILD YOURSELF A BOUNTIFUL SPACE BEYOND BELIEF
Abunch of once-disaffected high school boys have become master gardeners! And from their experiences, you can find loads of tips to turn your garden areas into productive green spaces. So how did they transform their sterile grounds into a thriving environment that is both invigorating and quite lovely? By calling on their community to donate plants, by scavenging from council clean-ups and by propagating plants. Here’s what you can learn from going back to school!
ABOUT THE GARDENS
Back in 2011, teacher Omar Chahrouk was told by a couple of senior students that their school was a dump. Belmore Boys High School accommodates a diverse cultural community west of Sydney, but the boys said the grounds were “nothing to be proud of”. Omar then picked up a shovel, started digging into the tough, clay soil and challenged the boys to do something about it. Now the grounds are rich with plant life, the students are motivated by what they can achieve and the school was the first in the city area to introduce the subject of agriculture to its HSC curriculum.
CHICKEN COOP? YES, PLEASE! Chooks are fab. They devour your kitchen scraps and repay you with manure and eggs. Best bargain ever!
Graham Ross helps the boys plant trees.