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Planting an orchard

Imagine eating oranges straight from a tree in your school orchard. Watch this clip to see how the Swan Valley Anglican Community School began creating their own orchard complete with fruit-bearing orange trees. Josh Byrne explains how to position an orchard, prepare the soil and select suitable plants.

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Small change, big difference

Living things grow and change all the time, but it can be difficult to see quickly in plants. This inquiry-based sequence of seven lessons uses simple experiments and guided observation to explore the importance of light for plant growth and food production. The experiments and activities are based on current food security, ...

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Energy, eaten alive!

Living things can be grouped by their external features and distinguished from non-living things. This inquiry-based sequence of eight lessons is based on current food security, sustainability and photosynthesis research. The experiments and activities include easy to set and see science displays, word games, practical ...

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Growing rice

What is your favourite way to eat rice? This clip shows how rice is planted, grown and harvested in many different countries (places in the world). View the different foods made with rice.

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TEDMED: What is the source of all life?

This is a video clip of a TEDMED speaker, Howard Shapiro, presenting ideas about improving the nutritional value of plants to address malnutrition and the food requirements of a growing world population. The clip emphasises that poor nutrition has negative health and developmental effects on children, particularly those ...

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Sending seeds into space

Why might we need to keep a collection of seeds from all over the world? Where would we keep a collection like that? Should we send some of them into space? Watch this clip to reveal answers to all these questions and more.

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Animal and plant adaptations

What makes an organism suited to a particular environment? View a range of animals and plants to investigate adaptations that improve their chance of survival. Link the adaptation which might be an external structure, an internal structure or an exhibited behaviour to its function (purpose). Explore strategies of migration ...

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Protecting exposed lake beds during drought

Visit the Lower Lakes near the mouth of the Murray River in 2009. Step onto the dried-out lake floor and watch what the wind does to the sand. How can planting rye grass help to stop erosion and to control a toxic environment in the mud beneath the sand? Find out in this clip.

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Spinifex research

What does spinifex grass contain that might prove useful in modern buildings? Watch this clip and discover how Aboriginal knowledge, combined with Western science, is unlocking the potential of spinifex. Find out about this natural resource and how it could become a new, sustainable material for the building industry.

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Developing bush tucker into a seed crop

Which native plant might provide a ready-made crop that could be used as a very nutritious food source? Meet two South Australian growers who are investigating just such a native crop. Find out more about the seed crop that does not require significant amounts of water or fertiliser and has a long history of use by Indigenous ...

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Understanding bush foods

Did you know that you can mix the nectar from some native flowers with water to make a sweet drink? Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney with Gardening Australia presenter Clarence Stockee, and discover plants used by Aboriginal people. Find out about some native Australian bush foods, such as Kurrajong seeds, and ...

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Value of trees

How much do you think a hundred-year-old native tree is worth in money? Dr Greg Moore discusses the benefits of placing a money value placed on trees as a conservation strategy. See the effect of recent drought on some old trees, and explain why trees are so valuable to our lives.

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Stephanie Alexander schools project

Does your school have its own kitchen garden? Gardening Australia presenter Leonie Norrington meets with Stephanie Alexander, renowned cook, restaurateur, and founder of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Stephanie strolls through the kitchen gardens of two Darwin schools and discusses the program and its ...

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Wattleseed: a promising new cooking ingredient

If you were a farmer, what native plants could you grow to provide a new food crop? Find out how Mark Lucas, a South Australian farmer, makes use of scientific research and innovative chefs to create a market for a new native plant food product.

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Creating a wetland

Find out how a school uses stormwater to create a wetland habitat for native plants. Josh Byrne visits Swan Valley Anglican School to observe the growth of their vegetable garden and to help out in the creation of the wetland. Discover what plants are best for a wetland habitat and how it will increase biodiversity and ...

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Growing plants indoors

How would you create a tropical jungle in the middle of a cold, windy city? How can you grow plants from cold climates in a place with a hot climate? Could you trick a plant into flowering whenever you want it to? Watch this clip to discover how to create suitable conditions for growing plants indoors.

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Vegetable gardens

Have you ever grown vegetables? In this clip you will discover many things about vegies and how they grow. Presenter Nick Hardcastle will even show you how to make a vegetable garden in a box. Find out which vegetable is actually a flower, which are the best seasons for planting and picking, and how deep to bury seeds.

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Growing vegetables and natives

Discover what vegetables the students at Swan Valley Anglican School choose to grow first in their new school garden. In this clip, Josh Byrne is helping students to transform a bare patch of ground into a productive garden. Find out about the landscaping materials they use, and why particular plants, including natives, ...

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Using greywater in the garden

Do you want to know how to create a thriving garden in your backyard using recycled water from your house? Listen as presenter Josh Byrne takes you through his backyard garden and shows how his family recycles water.

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Living in space

Do you know that people have been living and working in space for more than 10 years? The International Space Station (ISS) orbits the Earth more than 300 kilometres above us. Watch this clip to discover what life is like in space and the type of research that is conducted there.