David Grava and Annabelle Clubb.
David Grava and Annabelle Clubb. Marian Faa

WAY TO GROW: Cute kids share big secret to successful garden

GLENNIE Heights Prep students are certainly no strangers to the cycle of life.

Guided by Stephanie Alexander's kitchen garden philosophy, the young green thumbs are learning all you need is one little seed to make a whole garden grow.

Learning support teacher Kerry Sinclair said a "seed to seed" approach kept the school garden cost-effective and taught children how to be resourceful with their plants.

"It means we use less plastic than we would buying new seedlings and they also get to see the whole cycle from seed to plant," Ms Sinclair said.

 

Glennie Heights prep student Annabelle Clubb loves playing in the garden, planting seeds and picking flowers.
Glennie Heights prep student Annabelle Clubb loves playing in the garden, planting seeds and picking flowers. Marian Faa

Once the seeds sprout and establish their roots, they go into small seedling pots until they're big enough to go into the garden.

At the end of their life cycle, students harvest the seeds and keep them safe and sound in handmade seed packets.

"That's a literacy activity the students also really enjoy, making up their little packets," MsSinclair said.

"They love to write where they found the seeds, what they are and when to plant them again."

 

David Grava and Annabelle Clubb.
David Grava and Annabelle Clubb. Marian Faa

An all-inclusive approach is at the root of what the kitchen garden project is about.

The program, now highly regarded, is being implemented in schools across Australia.

It aims to facilitate learning in a broad range of areas through practical and fun activities involving fresh food and plants.

In their first year of the program, the Glennie Heights Preppies have learned some very important lessons.

 

Khale Lockley and Mia Dippelsman.
Khale Lockley and Mia Dippelsman. Marian Faa

"I like watering the plants and keeping them alive with worm juice," Annabelle Clubb says.

You can follow Annabelle's lead with a packet of seeds when you pick up a new edition of the Warwick Daily News.

Find a token for a cucumber growing kit in Thursday's newspaper.



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