We have a problem in our new garden. We do not have the right soil. The soil is dry, light brown, sandy and has no worms. Our pumpkins are little and not growing fast.
We want it to be full of worms, black, wet and full of life. So we looked on the internet and found out about lasagne gardening. This is when you keep putting layers on the garden like a lasagne. We made a poster to share with everyone.
Firstly, you put cardboard on the dirt to block the weeds.
Next you put leaves, paper and other garden scraps.
Then you put food scraps like black bananas, lettuce leaves and old cabbage and tomatoes.
After that, you put compost or manure.
Then you repeat the leaves, food scraps and compost layers. Finally, you put mulch on the top and wait for it all to break down.
When we were making our lasagne gardens, we found lots of good soil in the drain. It got trapped by the roots of the tamarind tree and all the leaves and things had been breaking down and making good soil. We dug it out with a shovel and put in our lasagne gardens because it is free!
We had a good time making our lasagne gardens and we were a happy team.
By Lily, Martha and Summer.
We saved the bananas from the old garden because it all got burnt. Nobody was looking after that garden when Wendy was gone.
But now, Wendy is back and gardens are back! We plant the bananas at the new front garden in a circle. We give them water everyday and seasol and now they are green and growing new leaves.
The new garden makes us feel excited and proud. When we work in the garden the little kids come and help us too. We already know about gardening from year 5 all the way through so we are going to learn new things.
When the garden is growing we will ask Richard to build a chicken’s house and get some chickens back to school.
By Shane Mutujangal and Johnson Mayawuku
This is Liam Garawirrtja. He loves Superheroes.
He comes to school everyday with Shane. He is good at writing and drawing.
He is a nice boy and he is friendly.
By Williams 4
After our breakfast program and Josh’s drumming lesson in the morning, we walked around collecting plastic lids to create mosaics and lamp shades.
As we arrived to our learning space shelter we saw that a boring fence had been adorned with 93 beautiful colourful flowers, thanks to Wendy’s plastic flower ninja crew!
Thanks to all the students in the hub school who helped collect, cut and paint the bottles. We appreciate the effort and see the flowers as a sign that the students at Buthan school are like bees; sometimes they fly between the hub school and Buthan school.
Yesterday Williams 4 were cutting the bottles and making flowers and pots. Wendy gave us fantails for being good.
By Leah and Nehemiah
(in Williams 4)
Yesterday Mobile School and Williams 1 were collecting the bottles. Then our class were cutting them and making flowers. Lastly, Western 6 was painting them. There were 93 altogether!
Today, 4 kids were going to Mobile School and putting them on the fence. We didn’t tell the mobile school. We were like flower ninjas! Later, the mobile school kids were feeling happy to see them.
On the way home, we picked up all the rubbish at the shop and showed the adults how to use the recycling cage!
It was fun and everyone was happy.
By Hamish and Sabi
The Garden Gang is back! We have been a bit quiet for a couple of years because our school garden hasn’t been running. We will tell you more about that a bit later….
But now, I want to tell you about what we did on Friday at the Church; we brought the markets back!
Kids from across the school came together to help with the market. I wasn’t here when it used to happen but it was amazing to see the markets happening and everyone was excited and a bit nervous. I had butterflies in my tummy, but it was extraordinary to be a part of the markets.
We made pumpkin muffins and pumpkin dip in the classroom. Little kids made recycled paper and then big kids made them into cards that you can send. Then the person that you send them to can plant them in the ground and grow beautiful zinnia flowers.
Gapany was our first customer and then we had lots of other people that wanted to buy our amazing stuff. The kids were doing all of the selling and Wendy was helping us. She donated lots of homemade jams, chutneys and chilli sauces from her Fresh Batch range.
We had lots of fun and we will use the money that we made to make more stuff for bigger markets. Also, we will use it to support the Garden Gang and grow a beautiful new garden at the front of the school. Stay tuned for more news!
By Dorothy Hewett
(in Williams 4)
Williams1dhu djamarrkiḻ’ wapmaraŋ al dharrwa buthulu mala basketball courtŋur. Yurrŋunhi walal dhu djämany buthuludja wurrki mala.
The children in Williams 1 collected lots of plastic bottles at the basketball courts so they can make flowers out of the bottles.
By Williams 1
Fridaydja Williams1dhu guŋgayun ga Wendy napurr ga djäma marketgu ŋatha mala nhakun pumpkin dip ga pumpkin muffins.
Wripunydja djamarrkuḻ’ djälim ga ŋatha mala marketŋur.
Ga ŋuruŋiny bala marketdja dhu boŋguŋ basketball courtŋura.
On Friday Williams 1 helped Wendy prepare for a market stall by
making pumpkin dip and pumpkin muffins.
The children helped sell the food at the market.
Next week the markets will be held on the basketball courts.
By Williams 1 Class