Hello everyone, I have just done an interview on the 105.7 local Darwin ABC with Lisa Pellegrino, about Cyclone Lam’s damage to our community and our school garden. It will be on the radio tomorrow afternoon after 2pm.
Lots of damage happened to our garden but the Cyclone also helped the garden in a way. Now we can move all our ugly, broken garden beds and create more interesting garden beds.
We can also change the way we enter the garden so that we always visit the chickens first and make it our zone 2. The old entrance is blocked by the builders anyway, so its a good time to make some changes.
We would like to create more artistic and fun paintings for the garden while we wait for it to grow back. We can make more teepees and places for kids to play or have a rest. And we can take down the last bit of the fences because we want a more open plan.
Some new buds are coming back on the mulberry trees so they are very fast growing and tough trees and we will be sharing lots of cuttings in the community because they will be good for the next cyclone. Our shade house was bent and the back blew off, but our Mulberry cuttings survived.
The bananas have been cut back and have new leaves unfolding and the pawpaws have new leaves growing too.
When I first saw the garden at school I was shocked because there was too much sunlight. It will be very hot when we work down there now.
Luckily we picked all the bananas before the cyclone so we will still get our yield from the trees.
Right now we are in Wendy’s garden and Serina is digging up sweet potato because they all survived too. We are getting so many ideas for making our gardens better at coping with cyclones by looking at what has survived.
By Faith Stevens