Our feijoas are growing. They are really big and really yummy. Each day a different class collects the feijoas.
Tuesday Room 2
Wednesday Room 1
Thursday Room 3
Friday Room 4
This month we have sprinkled sulphate potash around the fruit trees. This provides good nutrients to the soil and encourages good growth for our fruit trees.
| We have lots of bees and bumble|
bees feeding off the flowers in
| Thanks to our parents who|
donate lots of sheep poo.
This keeps our orchard
|We have discovered that|
our Greengage Plum has
Silver Leaf. We now need
to pull the tree out and
get rid of it. We don't want
our other trees to get
|Look how big some|
|Winter tidy up . . .|
Thanks to Pascoe's wonderful
parents who donated bags
and bags of sheep poo to
put on our orchard. Sheep poo
is really good fertiliser.
We spent some of the time
weeding. We also put more straw
around the feijoa trees.
We made sure that we had
gardening gloves on.
|Now the orchard looks really tidy!|
|ENVIRO ELECTIVES HAVE STARTED . . .|
|In the Garden with Gwenda|
Our first week in the garden included creating a design so we could walk around the garden without standing on the plants.
Here is our Garden Group.
|In the Orchard with Mrs Waite|
WEEK 4This week we put in some of the new signs one of our parents has made for the orchard. They look great.
The Garden and Orchard group went to visit Hollard Gardens to learn about composting and worm farming. Hollard Gardens
We spent this week planting onions under all our apple trees. We planted these so we repel slugs, cutworms and mites.
We also planted some more comfrey and weeded around our fruit trees. Composting is going really well, everyone is using the bin.
Our Orchard Group spent our first session making a compost bin for our morning tea and lunch scraps. We made a video of the process and uploaded it onto You Tube. Each week we add paper, leaves and water and turn the container over to mix the scraps. When it turns into compost we will put the compost around our fruit trees.
|PLANTING OUR FRUIT TREES|
| All of our classes went out and helped|
plant the fruit trees. We had a planting
plan to follow. We had to put
compost and straw in the holes first.
When we put the trees in we had to
make sure they were straight and not
too low down in the hole.
| Then we put in more compost and|
spread straw around the top of the
ground. We also put in stakes on
either side of each tree and tied string
around each tree to keep them
straight. One of our Mums is
designing signs for each of our trees.
|PLANTING OUR FEIJOA SHELTER HEDGE|
This is what we did:
We put straw in the hole.
Then we put compost in the hole.
We squeezed the bottom of each plant to loosen the roots.
Then we put the feijoa plant in. We had to make sure that it was straight.
Then we put in soil and some more compost.
On the top we put newspaper and some more straw.
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|PREPARATION OF THE SITE|
|Our plan includes planting a feijoa shelter hedge, lavender hedge (for bees) and a variety of heritage fruit trees. We will also be setting up a dutch leg system. We will be learning how to graft our very own fruit trees from other heritage fruit trees in our community. We are all very excited about this project.|
Each class has:
- Helped mark out the site in preparation for planting.
- Tried to dig the holes. This was too hard!! We had to get Conor's Dad to come in and dig the holes with his post hole borer.
- Spread and dig compost into the soil to make it healthy. We have had lots of compost donated from parents in our school.
We were also really lucky to have the team from the Stratford BNZ Bank at school for the day for their Closed For Good Promotion. They spent quite a bit of time helping with digging up the soil and putting compost on the ground. We would like to thank them for all their hard work.
We are getting really good at taking photos from different angles to show what we have been doing.