Plant to pot success at Alyangula
Herbs, vegetables and fruits are flourishing at Alyangula Area School, carefully managed by preschool to Year 9 students as part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program.
The 14-bed garden was established this year following a $10,000 grant, and now boasts plants ranging from herbs, tomatoes, eggplant, onions, beans and cucumbers, pineapples, passionfruit, bananas and paw paw.
Assistant principal Melissa Moore said the school is investigating the propagation of bush tucker plants with the help of local rangers, with a possible expansion into bush medicine plants.
“The garden is an opportunity for students to advance their knowledge of science by experimenting with what will, or won’t grow, and making environmental modifications to ensure plants thrive,” she said.
“The children can alter plant propagation environments to make them more conducive to plant growth, and this might involve the use of different locations, netting, miniature hothouses, and bug deterrents.
“Soups and spaghetti, lasagne, curries, bread and baked goods, flavoured drinks and salads, are some of the items the students create from our garden, and recipes are chosen to maximise our harvest and limit the amount of produce we have to purchase.
“A consequence of the program has been the creation of nutritious meals from similar gardens established at the children’s homes.”