While some were outside doing some gardening in our monthly garden class others were inside making smoothies with some ingredients from the garden.
Another day in the garden found us checking on the herbs. We picked some and added them to a mason jar and topped up with vinegar for a future salad from the garden. After that we turned some of the compost and weeded two plots ready to grow another seasons bounty.
Our main tasks today in the garden was to aerate the compost, pull weeds and dead plants for composting, seeding cover crops and nitrogen fixing plants, adding leaves for winter protection and erosion control, harvesting potatoes and leeks, and planting garlic. This week we will make potato salad and potato leek soup with our bounty!
We had our first session in the garden this school year with Ian (Britannia Food Security Co-ordinator) and Matthew (Environmental Youth Alliance) who guided us through the importance of seed collection. We learnt many cool facts about seeds like the majority of our food plants require human intervention for propagation and have lost the capability of doing it naturally; the existence of heritage seed banks; how to harvest and store seeds for planting the next year to name a few.
Last week’s monthly visit from the staff and volunteers from the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) had us learning about our Mason Bees and giving them some TLC. Opening the nest tubes we saw the difference in the male and female cocoon’s. We saw strong healthy cocoons and those that were affected by mites, maggots and other creatures determined to destroy our pollinators. Collecting all the cocoons they were then given a gentle bath and left to dry. Once dried they will be placed in a ziplock bag and stored in a fridge until spring. It was a excellent experience and felt good to be giving our crucial pollinators a better chance of survival.