Wednesday, 21 May 2014

E7's super-duper garden...

Earlier in the year we blogged about our class garden.  We thought long and hard about what to plant and when.  Over the last week we've been busy preparing the soil and planting our special garden...





Remember when E6 and E7 painted a bird bath together?  Well it now has pride of place in our combined garden (we are super-duper lucky to have one garden each and in between, a shared space).  We have been thinking about what sort of garden this might be ... ideas so far include a wild flower garden or a bug garden.

When we'd finished planting our seeds and seedlings, we thought about how we will need to look after them to help them grow.  We know we need soil, space, light, water and air and we have made sure we will have all of those things in our garden, but many of the children thought we needed some signs so that other students knew the garden was ours, and to ask them to not touch the plants so they could get on with growing.  So we worked in pairs and designed and made posters ...





Today we planted some bulbs.  We thought that once the seedlings had grown and are harvested, the flower seeds might be coming up, and when they have grown and died away, the bulbs would be coming up.  Well, that's what we're hoping anyway.

After our bulbs were planted, we marked the two sides of our garden with a little 'fence' made out of string and iceblock sticks.  On one side of the fence is our 'edible garden' and on the other side are our flowers.  We added a gorgeous colourful windmill and secured our posters around the garden edging ...


We are very proud of our garden and want to help look after it and watch to see when the plants start growing.

After planting our own garden, we wondered what other gardens in our school have in them.  We took a walk around the school grounds to find out ...

One of E block's garden - they've been having a pumpkin growing contest...
Did you know we have weta hotels at our school? 
Almost camouflaged...
We have a lizard garden out on the junior field too...
And a bee garden...
We have a young fruit orchard which was planted last year...


We didn't realise how many cool gardens we had around our awesome school.  Not only did we discover the gardens, but we also saw lots of creepy critters along the way including caterpillars, snails, worms and ants.  When we got back to class we recorded what we'd found and talked about what other sorts of bugs or insects we might find living in our gardens. 


We wrote a shared story about what we can see in the garden,
and then had turns writing our own.

2 comments:

  1. WOW! E7 you have been super busy in your garden. I can't wait to see your garden grow. You also found a lot of bugs in the garden. Which ones do you think might help the plants to grow? Which ones do you think might like to eat your plants?

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  2. Thank you for your comment Mrs Ranchod. We have started talking about the bugs we have found in our garden ... that some are 'good' and some are not. We know some eat the leaves in our plants, so they mustn't be 'good' bugs. We are going to find out which ones are good. :)

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