The Montpellier Veggie Garden is four years old. Helping out in the garden is a popular lunchtime activity. We grow fresh vegetables and fruit with the aim to help the children understand the many benefits of “growing our own”. Other aims include:
The Montpellier Veggie Garden uses No-dig, Rotation and Raised garden beds.
No-dig means that the soil structure is loose; no one ever walks on it. The soil has all sorts of dead and living organisms in it, which benefits the plants above.
Rotation means that each bed is harvested quickly, ready to make way for a different type of crop. Crop rotation is very effective because diseases and pests cannot establish due to the constant movement of the types of plants grown in each bed. No pests, means no need for pesticides.
Raised beds allow for really good water drainage. The plants are also closer to us when harvesting.
The Veggie Garden is designed for inclusion of all ages. Every year level has its own veggie bed. Students are involved by deciding what they want to plant in their space. Over the weeks and months ahead they watch and help their seeds grow.
When asked the question “Why is it a great place?” students have responded:
“It’s a great place to work as a team on a project” Aaron.
“It’s a great place to be on your own doing some watering or weeding” Abby.
“It’s a great place look around with friends and tasting different food” Bronte.
During spring, summer and autumn we sell harvested vegetables to parents. Tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, beans, spinach, zucchinis and fruit. Our stall is normally located outside the Veggie Garden after school.
We would like as many people as possible to visit and contribute to the Veggie Garden. Parents are encouraged to lend a hand on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (see Jason).
Come visit soon!
Jason Brown, School Chaplain