I have very fond memories of the compost heap as a child. There is something about the teeming millions of tiny creatures busily munching away on dead animals and plants that is very nostalgic and special for me. I love the rich earthy smell and brown black colour of compost. Outings to my garden are to introduce city kids to these delights and to connect them to the hidden world of organisms that live in the soil.
In April 2015, Oakley House Gr 3 children revelled in the chance to explore the garden and see what animals they could catch. Some had to be persuaded to get their hands dirty and hold an earth worm for the first time. Sadly, some kids wander around forlornly bleating ‘I havnt caught anything. Will you catch something for me?’ My response is ‘Of course I can but the fun part is the looking and the catching’ and with a little bit of encouragement they are able to locate and catch a woodlouse .
The most exciting part of the outing is seeing the animals under the microscope. Spiders are definitely the favourites but they move so fast that it is impossible to see them properly.
Gardens are a place to sit and relax and catch up with oneself.