Welcome to our 2015 P2 Garden!

Garden 12Autumn has arrived and the P2 garden has been pruned and weeded and dug over. Let’s get out there, put our gloves on and plan what we’d like to grow for this cooler season.
Maybe some broccoli or cabbage? Maybe beans, peas and some salad greens? We have lots of options and lots to do!
Then there’s the many vertical garden beds….!

Australian Succulents!

The following website is dedicated to increasing the awareness, appreciation, conservation and cultivation of Australian native succulent plants.
This type of plant has been living successfully in our vertical garden pods with very little watering or attention. A very hardy type of plant indeed, ideal for surviving in harsh Australian conditions!
http://www.australiansucculents.com/

The P2 garden is awakening from its Summer Slumber!

Now that the (extremely) hot weather is behind us, we are slowly venturing back into the overgrown garden. We have weeded beds, cut back and watered plants and have also painstakingly collected the seeds from the flowering parsley plants. The garden is on the move again and a meeting of the Garden Club is (almost!) upon us!

By the way…..

Since we may not see our feathered visitors for a while, I thought I’d post a few retrospective pics of baby Tawny taken about a month ago. How quickly they grow up!

Our baby Tawny is almost ready to fly!

Baby Tawny is almost ‘fledged’now and will soon begin a new life of its own. We can only hope that the family return to visit us whenever possible and that maybe next year, Mum and Dad Tawny will nest again in our playground! You can see in this recent photo, Mum and Dad sitting together – I sense this is a sign that something is about to change. We have been very privileged to have had such a special encounter with these magnificent Australian animals.

Prep Bird Watchers!

Father bird watching Preps

Preps watching father bird!

Mother bird watching Preps

Preps watching mother bird!

 

 

Mrs Gannan’s Preps were out in the playground having a close look at our magnificent feathered guests, while the Tawny Frogmouths were having a close look at the Preps!

The male bird was quite defensive and was doing his best to camouflage by looking like a branch of the tree. The female bird on the nest also kept a close eye on the Preps, but she had nothing to worry about – they looked intently and with great interest and then quietly left to let mother bird incubate her eggs!

 

Our Tawny Frogmouths keep the eggs warm..!

Day after day, our resident playground birds sit on their eggs (Yes, the male bird has a stint too!) and wait for the first sound of an egg cracking…it’s taken a long time! Not once has their nest been hit by a football and they seem oblivious to all the noise and action in the Prep playground around them. So calm and so peaceful, I think the Tawny Frogmouth has become my favourite animal!

Election Day Stall of Garden Produce!

Sam the Spruiker

Eye catching Poster!

Our new garden stock

Our garden produce – bagged!

In a desperate bid to try and make Election Day 2013 a little more meaningful, we set up a stall outside the Polling Booth at St Dom’s, right next to the delicious cakes and slices for sale! No “Sausage Sizzle” was available to draw in the crowds, so we knew we would need to ‘spruik’ every passer-by to garner attention!

There was definite interest in our produce and our ‘story’ and Sam marketed well using terms such as “organic produce”, “school garden”, “take a sample for a small donation”, “student centred”, “visit our garden”, “thank-you” and so on. In a Blue Ribbon Liberal electorate which was certain to re-elect Josh Frydenberg for another term, at least our display injected a modicum of excitement and unpredictability to the day – as no-one knew for sure which of our samples contained a snail, or an insect or even a grain of genuine garden soil…! Hence, our produce (I think) was far more exciting than what was unfolding in the private booths next door! More than $40 was donated and this was quickly spent on new seedlings to re-stock the garden beds for the Spring growing season.