A class act

TAKE ONE SCHOOL, LEARN FROM THE GAR­DEN KNOW-HOW OF THE STU­DENTS AND BUILD YOUR­SELF A BOUN­TI­FUL SPACE BE­YOND BE­LIEF

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Garden Innovation­s -

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.

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