Hokowhitu School – TKP – 08/11/2017

Our final session at Hokowhitu School was with year 2 & 3 students from Te Kete Pounamu. The weather couldn’t quite make up it’s mind what to do, one minute hot and sunny then next minute rain! Not that it dampened anyone enthusiasm. We were very luck to have one one the students mums join us and another students Nana! How cool is that!

 Who remembers how we feed the soil before planting? We made a cake! The soil and compost is the main batter, the lime is the icing sugar, fertiliser is the sprinkles and the sheep poo!!! Of course is the chocolate chips. Awapuni Nursery kindly donated us lots of lovely fresh herb seedlings to fill you your garden, I hope you have been looking after them and making sure they have plenty of water. Keep and eye out for any nasty slugs and sails, you don’t want them to eat all the plants!

We prepared lots and lots of food today because not only do we want the tamariki to have a good feed of healthy food, we want share it with everyone who helps. See the wonderful recipes on the right to see the ingredients and instructions. I was so happy to see that nearly every plate was completely clean and that ALL the left overs we eaten. Sorry teachers in the staff room, nothing left for you this time.

I hope everyone had a fun morning. I particularly enjoyed eating the lovely meal you made, the fruit kebabs were so beautiful and fresh looking. Well Hokowhitu School, until next year when we see you again, 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, but you can still plant them now. It’s a great activity for kids to do as the leaves pop out of the ground in not time. Also, if you keep mounding the soil up to cover the emerging leaves you’ll end up with MORE spuds!


Grow your own Avocado tree.