Would you like mint in your drink? A sprig chopped in boiled spuds or peas?
Next week, something rather different is happening at St Kilda PS. A drinking trough is being turned into a mint garden, for all to use, in lamb dishes or fruit salads, or a stir fry, take a clipping home in your pocket for dad or mum to use in their cookery.
The idea is simple. Mint plants like water. They thrive under a dripping tap. Why not put plants under our taps? Why not build a tap mint garden, for our community?
Mostly everything about this project is recyclable, and sustainable. It’s to be built out of bricks from a nearby house demolition. And maybe a few bluestone blocks, picked-up from a throw-out. Expect, perhaps, some old ceramic pipes, maybe a sheet of used corrugated iron, bibs and bobs, found here and there.
Oh, yes, and the whole garden is about recycling water. All that’s spilled when you drink, drips onto these aromatic herbs. The more water you drink, the more the plants will grow.
The garden is being built by two men who are both crazy about worm farms, and turning compost, and recycling all that we use. Our names are Dugald and Malcolm. We think it will take about a week. We will ride our bicycles to school each day. We promise to make the most amazing home-made dripping-water recycled brick tap mint garden in the whole world!*
*or at least make it more amazing than the one we built at another primary school.