The New Year kicked off with a Susliving workshop in the School of the Holy Spirit, with Tech Mentors Elmer and Zaki. The workshop centred on sustainable Practical Horticulture, as part of the students’ JCSP subject program. The class group first got to grips with the basics in planting and container selection, including using repurposed containers made from waste materials (paper cups, milk cartons and plastic sweet boxes) to save money and reduce resource waste.
Having discussed the range of ready-made and upcycled containers, the class rolled up their sleeves and potted up a variety of herbs, flowers and ornamental plants into their chosen containers. The students then experimented with a selection of natural mulches, creating a stunning and biodiverse collection of plants of varying colours, shapes and uses.
As part of their JCSP statement the students learned about the identification and safe use of gardening tools, which will be used in a future workshop session. Finally, the students planted three window-box herb gardens, learning about the culinary, medicinal and aromatic uses of their chosen herbs. As well as featuring on the curriculum, the herb garden demonstrated the simplicity with which sustainable, local food can be easily added to our lives. We thank the students and staff for their willingness to get stuck in, and look forward to our next workshop with them in the near future!