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Kids’ Patch 20

Our kids’ patch winners for this issue are Arvea and Isola Crosier from Toodyay, in Western Australia, you’ve both won snazzy new T-shirts from Izwoz!

Next issue we’ve got a pack of Permaculture Action Cards to give away by Brenna Quinlan and Charlie Mgee. The pack features 65 durable cards depicting characters putting permaculture into action. To be in the running, parents can email a photo to along with your child’s name, age and suburb, or post the picture on Instagram using the hashtag #pipmag

Show Us Your Garden

Blair Athol North School, SA


Mohammad (12), Faiza (12), Nadia (11), Tien (12), Seth (11)

Describe your school garden

Tien calls it ‘a beautiful place to relax,’ while Nadia describes it as ‘very peaceful and calming, it is an interesting place to explore.’

How does the garden benefit the people in the school?

Seth says the benefits are ‘healthy fruit and vegetables for everyone in the school,’ while Mohammad identifies its benefits as helping ‘people to relax when they’re not having a good day.’

What are some of the more interesting parts of the garden?

We all like the grape tunnel, the frog pond, the seasonal shadehouse, the chicken and duck house, the worm farm bathtub, banana-tree cubby area and the leafy shady campfire learning area. And we love the woodfired pizza oven and the pizzas it makes!

Tell us about the animals and insects that live in the garden

Tien lists the ‘worms, butterflies, dragonflies and bugs’ while Nadia adds ‘the bees, chickens and ducks’ to his list. Faiza also points out the school runs ‘animal group on Wednesdays where we meet other types of animals like goats and kangaroos.’

What activities do you do in the garden?

‘We do gardening such as growing plants, removing the damaged fruit, picking the plants so that we can eat in the kitchen, digging, feeding animals and washing plants,’ explains Faiza, and Tien reckons his favourite part is ‘giving the plants a shower.’

Make Your Own Leaf Lantern

By Emily Gray, Permaculture South Australia

Light up your evenings with some of your favourite things from the garden

Parchment paper
Glass jar
Craft glue
Leaves and flower petals, different colours and sizes
Tea-light or LED-style candle


  1. Cut two sheets of parchment paper wide enough to wrap around the base of your jar, and at the length you want your finished lantern’s height to be.
  2. Cut two strips of cardboard the same length as the width of the parchment paper – these will form a border at the top and base of your lantern.
  3. Lay one of your sheets of parchment paper flat and paint with a thin layer of glue. Be sure to cover completely.
  4. Arrange your leaves and petals onto the glued paper, bearing in mind they’ll glow better if they’re not overlapping. You can also add bits of recycled tissue paper, if you have it.
  5. Stick the cardboard strips along the top and bottom of your paper.
  6. Lay your second sheet of parchment paper flat, repeat the painted glue process, before carefully placing the second sheet of paper on top of the first sheet and pressing lightly with your hands to remove any air bubbles. Leave to dry flat.
  7. Fold into a cylinder shaper and staple the top and bottom of the lantern, gluing the sides if it needs it.
  8. Place your candle inside the glass jar and slip your lantern over the outside.


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