PLANTS FOR THE PLANET
Gardening or growing plants is super important to help improve our environments! Get your centre involved in growing some plants for the planet, whether that be a garden bed or a few pot plants. This is a good challenge to get your kids' hands dirty and develop respect for our ecosystems.
HOW IT WORKS
Decide what types of plants your centre will grow! We have a great planting guide to help you decide what is best for your centre!
It is important to take into account your center's garden space or pot space when deciding what to plant. If you need support with funds for gardening materials, a good way to raise money is with a community fundraiser or even recycle drink containers with the Containers for Change Refund Scheme. You could even apply for free native plants if your school is within the Brisbane City Council area.
Get planting for the planet!
If you are thinking of planting in pots, why not recycle something to make into a pot? Here are some ideas:
An old rubbish bin with holes drilled in the bottom
A hessian bag
Smaller plants can be put in cans, milk bottles and even plastic bottles with the top cut off!
Make sure you follow the instructions for each plants. Afterwards, your centre can create a roster to make sure there is someone on duty each day to maintain and water your plants! This is good way to get your kids involved in taking care of your Plants for the Planet!
Keep a photo journal! Take Plant Selfies with your EcoMarines kids and your new plants at different stages of growth.
We would love to see your centre's photo journal so send us an email!
NEED A BIT MORE HELP WITH PURCHASING PLANTS AND EQUIPMENT?
Your centre can apply for a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant! Click to see more information and how you can apply!
EXTRA RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES
To help with food waste and feeding your garden, why not implement a compost bin or worm farm at your centre?
COMPOSTING AND WORM FARMS
Our friends at Griffith University have created an app to help you design a native garden in SouthEast Queensland.
GRONATIVE PLANT APP
GARDENS AND THE CURRICULUM
Native bee hives are a great way to pollinate your centre gardens. Check out this resource to see how you can get your own!
NATIVE BEE HIVES