Cloverlea School – Room 2 – 02/08/2017

The weather was bothering me when I woke on Wednesday morning. The forecast said rain all day and I was worried we wouldn’t be able to plant all the vegetable seedling I had picked up from Awapuni Nursery. What was I going to do with Room 2 @ Cloverlea School!!! But thankfully the rain stayed away, and we had a wonderful (chilly) morning chatting about seeds, bees, and trees. We also managed to plant Broccoli, Cabbage, Red Onions, Thyme, Parsley, Rocket and Garlic! I think you might have to set up a share table at school soon… there is going to be so much yummy produce that you can share with your school community!!! I hope you remember all the ingredients we used to build our garden cake. Compost = Cocoa, Lime = Icing Sugar, General fertiliser = Sprinkles, Sheep Poo = 🙂 Chocolate Chips!

Some delicious smells were wafting out the hall doors.  It is so great to see the teams working together to produce some wonderful dishes. There was lots of peeling, grating and chopping happening and I was pleased to hear that you all took your time and were careful not to cut yourself. I had to leave before we sat down for lunch, but I managed to get a small bowl of the pasta with tomato cream sauce and it was fantastic! Ka pai tamariki, you did an awesome job of cooking lunch.

Remember I told you how I having been growing my own Avocado trees. Here are the instructions for you to try one for yourself or in your class. How to grow an Avocado Tree and this is a picture of the 2 plants I started growing last year. Pretty cool huh!

I had such a fun morning with you all Room 2, and I hope you had fun, learnt something new, and had a full belly by the end of your time wit our team! I will be back teaching another class next week, make sure you come and say “Hi” if you see me 🙂

Happy gardening everyone. Cindy


BACK TO BASICS – When, where and how to plant a vegetable garden!

  1. Plant in a sunny location. Vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The more sunlight they receive, the greater the harvest and the better the taste.
  2. Plant in good soil. Plants’ roots penetrate soft soil easily, so you need nice loamy soil. Enriching your soil with compost provides needed nutrients. Proper drainage will ensure that water neither collects on top nor drains away too quickly.
  3. Space your crops properly. For example, corn needs a lot of space and can overshadow shorter vegetables. Plants set too close together compete for sunlight, water, and nutrition and fail to mature. Pay attention to the spacing guidance on seed packets and plant tabs.


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