by planter’s child adventures
The sun is up, grass is green and students are keen to garden. Head of Agriculture Department at Markham Valley Secondary School, Api Markus is leading students to prepare beds to plant carrots.
Empty rice bags have been cut open and are laid flat on the prepared beds. Then soil and other organic matter such as grass clippings are spread over the bags. The bags will serve two purposes; first, it will keep the nut grass down, and secondly it will help to trap moisture in the soil.
Carrots are generally grown in cooler climates, so hopefully the bag experiment should help to create a moist soil environment for the carrots.
This is the third attempt to grow carrots. The school first grew carrots in 2019, and the results were an eye-opener for. In 2020 students grew carrots again, with a healthy yield. Encouraged by this yield, they are planting carrots the third time.