Year 3 Garden Group
This week, our Year 3 Garden Group planted an Indigenous Garden with Mrs Henaway. We planted Vanilla Lily, Murnong, Native Thyme, River Mint, Pigface, Karkalla, Boobialla and Warrigal Greens. Take a look at our garden next time you visit our school.
Vanilla Lily (Arthropodium milleflorum) is an Australian native ground cover from the Ballarat area. Its strappy silver-green leaves grow in a clump which could be mistaken for a grass, however the leaves are softer, slightly fleshy and broader than most grasses.
Murnong (Yam Daisy) is a native yam which has a distinct nutty-taste when roasted. Very easy to grow, producing beautiful, yellow flowers.
Native Thyme (aka. Cut-leaf Mint Bush) is a type of native mint once used as a medicinal herb, but now more commonly features in cooking and herbal teas. It's a highly aromatic shrub, rich in essential oils, giving off a minty aroma when crushed or rubbed.
Native River Mint (aka. Wild Mint) is a smaller, more delicate relative of more well-known mints like peppermint and spearmint. It has long been used in Aboriginal culture as a flavoursome bushfood, insect repellant and medicinal herb.
Native Pigface (Carpobrotus rossii) is a hardy Australian native ground cover. Bright pink daisy flowers cover the bush throughout most of the year with the main flush in spring and summer. Is drought hardy and suitable for sandy soils and coastal positions. Prefers a full sun position and is suitable for pots.
Native Karkalla. This tough perennial native succulent has beautiful blue-green foliage with large silky white flowers. It is a popular bush tucker plant, and both the fruit and leaves are edible.
Boobialla (also known as Native Juniper or Coastal Boobialla) is a native, salt-tolerant fruiting, shrub. The name “bubiala” is believed to have originated from an Aboriginal Tasmanian language, and used to describe a different species altogether.
Warrigal Greens is a leafy green herb that grows in sunny to shady spots. They'll tolerate somewhat poor soil, but do better when kept moist in a rich, free-draining loam. This plant may die back during Winter, but may revive itself in the Spring. In colder regions, treat it as an annual.