(front row, left) Lucy May Fitzgerald, Rashana Wilkinson, (back row, left) Lily Neef, Jarryd Hagarty, Talani Anderson, Alexa Foster, Tiasharn Honner and Peter Cairns.
(front row, left) Lucy May Fitzgerald, Rashana Wilkinson, (back row, left) Lily Neef, Jarryd Hagarty, Talani Anderson, Alexa Foster, Tiasharn Honner and Peter Cairns. BRUCE THOMAS

Green thumbs grow

A STRANGE way to spend a lunch break for some but for garden club kids at Narranga Public School there’s nothing better than getting your hands in the dirt.

The garden club is made up of student volunteers managed by groundskeeper Peter Cairns. They have been busy planting tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, and broad beans, with cleverly placed garlic chives and marigolds to ward off the insects.

The organic produce will be used in the school’s canteen.

The club has been running for seven years and sustainable gardening is the group’s latest endeavour.

Year 3 student Rashana Wilkinson said sustainable gardening was a natural way to grow vegetables and plants.

“It means you work with the environment and don’t use any harsh chemicals,” she said.

“My favourite part is helping the younger kids with planting and teaching them about being healthy.”

Year 6 student Jarryd Hagarty said they planted cow peas to put nitrogen back into the soil.

“We also have a frog pond. We started with tadpoles and now we have green tree frogs.”



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