Monday, April 28, 2014

Our third Banfield Park Orchard visit - Busy Bees, Seed Balls and a Clover Takeover

On Earth Day, April 22nd, Mrs. Stead and Mrs. Lienard/Mrs. Davey's kindergarten classes from Vic West Elementary had their third walking field trip to the Banfield Park Orchard.  The students planted their clay seed balls (watch to see what grows- it's a surprise!), learned about the mason bees that have now taken up residence in the orchard, and marvelled at how quickly the tiny seeds of clover (that the students planted last visit) have now grown. It is a clover takeover!  The clover adds nitrogen to the soil, thus making it richer and more vibrant.  There are many blossoms on the fruit trees and if you watch the mason bee homes, you can see them coming in and out, doing their daily business.  It was a beautiful, sunny day of learning.