GARDENING AND COMPOSTING
FACTS AND FIGURES
Growing your own garden can help the environment in many different ways such as:
Growing your own food can reduce packaging and pollution needed when you buy groceries
Growing flowers and other plants can create habitats for wildlife especially birds and insects
Gardening can help clear the air from pollution and create more green spaces
Composting is also important! It reduces the amount of food scraps that ends up wasted in landfill and it also creates nutrient-rich soil to help your gardens grow! Did you know that:
About 50% of the rubbish Australians put in the general waste bin could be composted or put in a worm farm
3% of the greenhouse gases produced is from organic waste in landfills
Worms in a worm farm can eat 2-4 kilograms of organic food waste per week
GARDENING AND COMPOSTING CHALLENGES
Although it is important to grow plants for a sustainable environment, you can also grow plants to help with a sustainable mind. There are many benefits of gardening or even spending time in a garden for your mental health:
spending time in a green environment has been shown to improve self esteem and mood
gardening allows us to switch off from the virtual and physical world
gardening nurtures and promotes creativity
This challenge invites EcoMarines to create a garden space for students to visit to feel calm, switch-off, and connect themselves with nature.
Discuss creating a mindfulness garden with your EcoMarines crew. Here are some important things to consider:
Is there an available space to have the garden? Perhaps a garden space already exists and you can add an area within the space for students to be mindful.
What physical items are important to have in this space e.g. a bench/seat, signage, plants, flowers etc.
What activities/materials can you have in the garden e.g. a yoga mat, reading materials etc.
Who do you need to talk with to get the appropriate permission e.g. P&C committee, principal, grounds keepers
Build your mindfulness garden or space! You may need to think about funding if you need to purchase extra materials. A good idea is to organise a fundraiser or 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.
Here are some helpful resources to assist your crew with planning and building your garden space:
Once you start creating your garden, take photos - these photos will come in handy for the next step!
Promote your mindfulness garden in on assembly. You can create a presentation and use photos taken of the garden and building process. Make sure to include these points:
The benefits of garden spaces for mental health
Where the garden is
Rules of the garden e.g. it is a quiet space
When students can use the garden
Let us know how your garden turned out! We would love to see some photos or even a copy of the assembly presentation. You may have the chance to talk about your schools' mindfulness garden at our end of year event The Wave! use the form below!
EXTRA RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES
To help with food waste and feeding your garden, why not implement a compost bin or worm farm at your school?
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 school gardens. Check out this resource to see how you can get your own!
NATIVE BEE HIVES
SAVE UP TO
with Islamic College of Brisbane Secondary
the EcoMarines wanted to connect their school community through establishing a garden. They created a garden space and invites students and families to help maintain, water, and care for tghe plants. in resturn, they can take produce or plants back home.