Cloverlea School – Room 1 – 26th July 2017

Our first session for term 3 was with the awesome students in room 1 at Cloverlea School, and we had a brilliant sunny winters day for it! We started the gardening session with a chat about seeds. I LOVE SEEDS! I think they are quite magical wee things, they hold all the information they need to grow and produce wonderful food and flowers, inside their shell. Remember how tiny the poppy seed was in comparison to the massive avocado seed. (If you want to have a go at growing your own avocado tree, here is the link to the instructions Grow an Avocado) I think you are very lucky to have such a great garden at school. I spotted lots of wonderful things growing… Grapes, passionfruit, strawberries and lots of other goodies too! We added some food to the garden (Cocoa, icing sugar, sprinkles and chocolate chip… do you remember what each of these are?) and dug it in well. Then we got planting the awesome seedlings from Awapuni Nursery. This week it was, Bok Choy, Spring Onions, Rocket, Beetroot, Lettuce and Peas. We also planted some Calendula flowers to attract the bees. Gotta keep those busy bees happy if we want to fill our belly’s with kai!

I didn’t get to spend much time in the kitchen as I was out in the garden, but there were some delicious smells wafting out the door when I headed over to take some photos. There was a lot of cutting, peeling and grating to be done and I was pleased to see everyone taking their time and not rushing. I don’t like to find bits of fingers in my fritters, so thank you for being so careful. It was nice to see the team work as well, washing and drying the dishes is much more fun and far faster if everyone joins in.

I liked the good manners at the table and seeing everyone tasting the meal, even if they weren’t sure about it. There was hardly anything in the scrap bucket at the end of the meal which made me so happy. What was you favourite recipe from the day? Maybe you could make it a home for you Whanau – All the recipes are just to the right —->

Room 1, I hope you all had a fun time with us, we certainly enjoyed our morning with you! I will be back next week for a session with room 2, if you see me out and about come and say HI.

Happy gardening everyone, Cindy.


Potatoes are an easy vegetable for beginners and they are a fantastic first crop in new soil as the roots and tubers break it up and make it easier to dig in the future. July/August is a good time to start sprouting your potatoes ready for planting in September. It’s a great activity for kids to do!


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