Roleystone Community College now has a Noongar Six Seasons Garden, established outside of Block 5. Our students have researched the local Noongar seasons and the associated flora and fauna, and have eagerly tendered the plants and watched them grow, blossom and fruit through the six Noongar seasons; Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba, and Kambarang.

The garden also contains a variety of species of edible plants, also known as bush tucker, that has been eaten by Indigenous Australians for centuries. Some well-known species of edible plants you will find in our garden include:

• Rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
• Old Man Saltbush (Atriplex nummularia)
• Native Watercress (Barbarea australis)
• Bush Basil (Plectranthus graveolens)
• Warrigal Greens (Tetragonia tetragonioides)
• Youlk (Platysace deflexa)
The Rosella bush produces red edible calyxes that are high in vitamin C. and have a pleasant tart-sweet flavour that goes well in salads, jellies, red sauces, jams, cordials, syrups and fruit teas. The seeds can be roasted and ground into flour, while the young leaves can be steamed or stir-fried.

After flowering, the large fleshy calyx is ready for harvesting, with a more prolific harvest after its second flowering in Autumn. Simply snip the plumpest calyxes straight off the bush.

Old Man Saltbush is a fast-growing shrub commonly used today as a livestock grazing plant. Both the seeds and leaves are viable bush tucker, with the leaves salty in flavour and rich in protein, antioxidants and minerals. The leaves can be enjoyed blanched, sautéed, wrapped around meat or fish, used in salads, or they can be dried and used like a herb.

Our school community is working towards our goal of expanding our Bush Tucker Garden and Six Season banners.

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