School starts worm farms
Woy Woy Public School has bought two worm farms, and have created a third from an old bath tub.
"The students loved the experience of building and setting up a happy environment for the worms to live in," said teacher Ms Emily Bartlett.
"Worms are amazing creatures.
"These living fertiliser tubes are full of countless beneficial bacteria and enzymes that help sustain the life and fertility of our horticultural systems.
"In worm farms, worms will eat up to four kilograms of kitchen waste every week.
"We will be redirecting our fruit break and cooking waste from the rubbish bin into the farm and use their castings (rich plant food) and worm tea (liquid fertiliser) to improve the health of our gardening.
"Our garden has been loving autumn.
"We have collected a lot of produce over the last two weeks and have made some delicious meals with them.
"Our citrus trees have been doing really well.
"We will be enjoying oranges and mandarins for weeks as they slowly ripen.
"Exciting news for our avocado tree as well, with a Stage 2 student discovering our first avocado of the year.
"Our snow peas are also coming along nicely, with students making trellises to support the vines.
"We have enjoyed eating them straight off the plant.
"Unfortunately it is the end of the season for our tomatoes, but thankfully before we prepared the bed for our winter crop we were able to harvest one last time.
"It was our best harvest of the season.
"We made a lovely bruschetta with the home-grown tomatoes and basil with the students in our Support Unit."
Newsletter, 28 May 2021
Ona Buckley, Woy Woy Public School