Friday, September 5, 2014

Practical Learning






































The children had plans for a week of spring cleaning and gardening. They had lots of ideas and the energy required to see them through to completion. It was indeed a very productive week (except for some troubles with the floor cleaning/polishing, which necessitated me attending to some re-oiling and not a very good ending). Still a work in progress, some tidying up and the pool to prepare for swimming.

The best bit is that we now we have many months of anticipation, nurturing, learning, fine tuning and hopefully harvesting ahead of us.



Garden details: 
The raised beds were bought from Aldi. I had been watching for these in their catalogue after reading of Ock Du Spock's success with them here.
We placed weed mat over the entire area and also lined each garden bed with weed mat (from Bunnings).
We used 11+ bags of potting mix to fill each bed, buying 60 in total so as there was some left for planting directly into the weed mat also. Thankfully it was on special at our local supermarket which is only a few blocks away. Bought over 4 trips in our family bus.
River stones, man made and natural stepping stones, seeds and seedlings also from Bunnings.

* Congratulations to Marijke who is the winner of the Sliver random draw! You seem to have some great plans for using these wonderful threads - I have sent you an email with details.


25 comments:

Leovi said...

Definitely a great job of gardening, beautiful sequence of photos.

DeniseinVA said...

Loved this, and what a great experience for the kids to see their veggies grow :) Wonderful photos!

Mary Huey said...

I just planted my last patch of lettuces for the year -- fun to see your gang planting your first!

Erin said...

Very, very impressed with your girls and Master T, oiling and floorboards and gardening. They're a credit to you Karen{{}}

flowersandhome said...

Wow, you have all been busy!!! And I already see all that sun in the garden! It will be a success I'm sure. Already looking forward to seeing your harvest and how it'll inspire you or the kids to come up with some delicious recipes to use it in.
Marian

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What hard workers and what excitement to come. The kids did a fantastic job!

Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

geanina said...

amazing images!

amanda | wildly simple said...

What a great post, Karen, and great group of workers & learners you have. I'm excited to see the fruits of their efforts in the weeks and months to come!
Fall is in the crisp air here today. Summer seemed much too short this year, I'd like to hang on to the greenery and softness of the earth a bit longer.
That is out of my control, though, so best to go with the flow. :)

Preeti said...

Fantastic teamwork and bounty of fresh veg to look forward to!

SarahZ said...

It is so fun to see you all prepping for Spring as we ready ourselves for Fall...and Winter :)

Lisa Gordon said...

It sounds like everyone is working really hard, Karen, and enjoying it. :-)

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Jeanne said...

Karen that looks like a great class! Good job!! By the way, I have some class work at my house if you run out. LOL

Liz said...

Wow! What a mammoth task they took on and so successfully too! The vege gardens look fantastic. Well done girls! I can't wait to see your progress shots as their efforts are rewarded.

Rick said...

Terrific project ! [bring up a child in the way (s)he should go ...]. I've been gardening since I was a kid - have been filling the freezer every year and we eat fresh veggies from spring through fall.

ps - I was here a few days ago but followed your link to Ann Voskamp and got totally absorbed there :-)

Lisa said...

A lovely family story in pictures, I really enjoyed seeing the progress of your children's garden. I hope to see pictures of purple carrots in the near future!!!

Dirk Rosin said...

virker som en stor og slitsom jobb, men ser jo koselig ut :-)

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Some hard work but looks like it will be so productive in the months to come!

Olivier Bailleux said...

Great idea.

Patchwork and Play said...

Such practical learning and the added bonus of food to enjoy at the end! Love the photo of the kookaburra!

Seeing Each Day said...

Look, you won't get any argument from me - brilliant way of learning. Sorry to hear about the whole floor polishing thing though, how frustrating and time consuming. Hope your week has started off ok.

ladyfi said...

A great way to learn.

diane b said...

Great hands on learning activity.

Anita Johnson said...

This looks like so much fun! What a beautiful yard. As we enter fall with much cooler temperatures already, I will keep summer in my heart by visiting here!

Rachaeldaisy said...

I love seeing the teamwork. The garden beds looks great, and a wonderful selection of plants. I wish you all many tasty veggies, and beautiful blooms.

Ock Du Spock said...

Your garden beds look fantastic! I hope you grow lots of wonderful things in them :)

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