Hokowhitu School – TKA – 25/10/2017

For our second session at Hokowhitu School we got to spend the morning with an inquisitive bunch from Te Kete Aronui. After our chat about Health and Safety (no fingers in the fritters!) we split off into two groups. Half were in the hall with Erica, Craig, Alex and Rita ready to cook up a storm, while the others headed off out into the garden with Yossy and myself.

In the garden we first sat down and had a look through my magical box of seeds. I love seeds and I never get tired of sharing lots of interesting information about them with the children I meet each. We had a look at my now battered sunflower head. It’s missing most of it’s seeds now but we estimated it probably had more than 200 seeds in it! We also looked at some different family groups and tried to guess which other fruits and vegetables might be in the same family. The poppy seeds we looked at were soooooo tiny, but contain all the information that the plant needs to grow into a beautiful red poppy. Who can remember what the largest seed in my box was? And for a bonus point, how is it dispersed? I hope you have been watering you wheat heads! are they starting to grow yet? You might need to water all the plants we planted in the garden too seen as the weather has been warmer. I look forward to coming back this Wednesday to see how well the beetroot, lettuce, radish, tomatoes, thyme and bok choy are growing. I must say a big thank you to Awapuni Nurseries for giving us the lovely healthy seedling to grow.

There was lots of great work happening in the hall too… and lots of great smells wafting out. I was sad that I didn’t get to stay for lunch because everything looked so delicious! We I popped my head in to take some photos you were all busy beavers, chopping, grating slicing, mixing and cleaning up after yourselves. You really worked together as a team and made some amazing dishes. What was the favourite? I quite like the leek and bacon tart, but the sliverbeet fritters are mighty good too. Maybe you could try one of the recipes at home with you family?

Well thank you TKA for such a fun morning, I really hope you had a good time. Come and say Hi if you see me around on Wednesday! Happy gardening everyone, Cindy.



If you don’t have a lot of space at your place, or you aren’t able to make a vegetable patch, growing vegies in a container is a great idea. Not only does it save space, you can move your containers to just the right spot, or even follow the sun around if you need to! Just remember to be vigilant with your water routine, containers dry out much faster than the ground does.


Create a Pizza Garden.