Bean families, detectives and ladybirds

Date posted: 21 April 2017

Wow Term One has flown by and what a busy one it has been! The Little Sprouts classes have been booked out, new handwashing stations and shade structures have been installed and the garden beds have been prepared ready for winter plantings.

Bean families, detectives and ladybirds

During the term children have been learning about “bean families” and planting snow peas to take home.

They’ve been making watermelon smoothies with fresh mint picked from the garden, and experimenting with the recipe to get the correct watermelon-to-mint ratio. Let’s just say there was some very fresh breath around the Garden after the tasting!

The children also had fun being detectives and searching for the tiny animals that call our plants home. We found bees, ladybirds, dragonflies, aphids and even a frog in the kale!

We observed these animals carefully, noticed what features they had, where they lived and chatted about whether they were good for garden plants or not.

Did you know ladybirds (pictured, right, in the Garden) love to eat plant-eating insects such as aphids, which helps to protect crops?

Their spots and colouring aren’t just really pretty, their appearance helps ward off predators. Ladybirds can secrete a fluid from their legs that makes them taste yucky, and their bright colouring is likely a reminder to other animals that have tried to chew them before: “do not eat these things!”

Next term

We are really looking forward to next term because it’s exciting watching the new little seedlings grow. Our curator Pip has put in many new plants for the winter. Some of these attract wonderful pollinators to the garden like Echinacea and others for us to harvest and taste.

There are varieties of broccoli, lettuce, beetroot and garlic, among others. We’re also currently working on yummy new healthy recipes for the children to try next term so watch this space!