We have been growing Murnong (Yam Daisies) in our garden. These are a nutritious native root that was grown as a staple food for thousands of years by aboriginal people on Wadawarrung Country. We have waited patiently for the Murnong to be ready to harvest. Last week they were ready and we dug them out of the garden bed using a trowel to loosen the roots. They looked like deformed mini-carrots or parsnips when we harvested them, and they were a lot smaller than we expected. We divided the plants and replanted them in the garden bed so that more would grow for the next harvest.

Using a recipe that we found from Black Duck Foods, we went over to the kitchen to cook our produce. We washed all the dirt off and thinly sliced them. Then we put butter and olive oil into a frypan and heated it on the stove. We added the Murnong (Yam Daisies) and fried them until they were golden brown. Some liked to taste it with spring onion and sprinkled salt. It had an interesting flavour, a little like potato chips.

Wombat Gully Plant Farm Excursion

On Wednesday 2 August Brigid’s Garden Program went on an excursion to Wombat Gully Plant Farm in Moolap. It was great to explore the nursery and see the wide variety of plants available from grasses, bare-rooted trees, ferns, vegetable seedlings, flowers, and native plants. The magnolia bulbs were so soft and velvety to touch. We discovered some weird and wonderful plants such as the ‘Cousin It’ Casuarina. We learned that the Indigenous Grass Tree plant takes hundreds of years to grow – approximately one metre for every 100 years! Each student chose a vegetable or flower seedling to bring back to school and plant in the garden.

Brigid’s Garden

We were grateful for the maintenance team’s help in pruning back all our fruit trees over the Term 2 holiday break. Our avocado tree has produced fruit for the second year in a row! We harvested ten and there are still two avocados ready to harvest but we will need a very long catcher as they are high up in the tree. A new passionfruit vine has been planted and we look forward to watching it grow over the archway. This week we noticed the first blossoms on the almond tree heralding springtime isn’t too far away.

Lisa Singline, Brigid’s Garden Program LSO