Cloverlea School – Room 3 – 09/08/2017

A wet cold damp day greeted us on Wednesday morning. I had been to Awapuni Nursery late on Tuesday hopeful that the rain would stay away, but alas, we weren’t so lucky. Never mind, Mrs Morley gratefully accepted the big box of seedlings I had brought along and I don’t doubt they will be planted pretty soon. You might have to have a think about what you should do with all of the produce once it is big enough to harvest. A couple of schools we go to now have a share table at the end of the day and  families are able to take the vegetables home for dinner!

We spent our gardening part of the session in a small room off the hall. It was nice and cosy and we were able to keep warm and smell all of the yummy food being cooked. We had a big chat about seeds and looked at the similarities and differences of seeds from the same families. There was a huge difference in the size of the minuet poppy seed and the second largest seed in the whole world… a coconut! The coconut takes a looooong time to start sprouting as well, can anyone remember? 1 more question, who remembers the 2 places a seedling can get food from?

I witnessed some pretty awesome cooking skills in the cooking department. Most of you have obviously done some cooking before. It’s so important to take your time when cutting and grating, fingers in the food is never very tasty! I was disappointed I didn’t get to join your for lunch. I usually check out the scrap bucket at the end to see if you class ate more than the class before you.  What was your favourite dish of the day? The potato bake is usually the winner. Maybe you could try your favourite at home with your family! The recipes are all the just on the right.

Room 3, it was  such a fun morning with you all and I hope you enjoyed yourselves as well. You might see me again soon as I am popping back to have a chat with you during assembly.

Happy gardening my friends, 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!



Sprouting potatoes for planting.