As part of a special project for a small group of students have been busy planting vegetables and learning about sustainable living. They named themselves “The Stray Sheep Society”.
Below are some photographs of their experiences and a write up by Max.
Tuesday the 18 of February
On Tuesday the 18 of February Rodney, Max and Anders prepared the compost which is later going to be used for carrots and other organic vegetables.
- We made a squared formed wall out of stones.
- We dug out the soil and turned it around so all the fresh soil became visible.
- We took plants, roots and grass from around all the other all-ready-grown plants and spread all the plants, roots and grass over the compost which we made.
On Tuesday the 4th of March Rodney, Max and Anders planted Carrots which is going to be served for lunch when they are fully grown out. To plant the carrots we did these following steps:
We dug small holes on 5cm deep with a special tool.
- These holes were dug with 6cm space in between each hole.
- We made 2 rows with the steps above and planted 2 small carrot seed in every hole.
- When the carrots are fully grown out the carrot roots should be between 25-30cm tall, and we are all excited to see the result.
Tues the 18th of March
On Tuesday the 18th of March Rodney, Anders and Max helped make “The Three Sister” plants grow. “The Three Sister” plant is a a kind of meal made by the natives Americans which contains corn, beans and quash and this all together should have an amazing taste and provide a complete nutritious meal (carbohydrates with corn, protein with beans and vitamins with squash)which we are excited to taste.
What will happen to this group of corn and vegetables is that the corn will grow up and the the beans will surround the corn and then the squash plant will come out with its large leaves to provide shade. The 8th graders planted these plants with the American nutritionist, DR. Antonia Demas. After the 8th graders planted the Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash),the Stray Sheep Society dug a ditch around the ‘pyramid’ and covered the area with mulch (hay from chicken coop) to facilitate watering and prevent weed growth.The Stray Sheep did this to 3 out of 7 “three sister” plants.
Even though it doesn’t sound like much, it was really hard work!