Taonui School – Room 3 – 07/03/2018

We had a great morning with Mrs McCallums room 3 students. Even though it was a bit wet outside we managed to get some vegetable seedling in the ground. Before planting them we (made a cake!) feed the soil with compost (cocoa), lime (icing sugar), general fertiliser (sprinkles) and sheep poo (chocolate chips!). Then we had to dig the food into the soil so that the roots of the plant could go hunting for it. Then we planted out seedlings. Broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, spring onions and leeks, all thanks to our friends at Awapuni Nurseries.

After doing the planting we headed inside to have a look at some different seeds. We cut open a watermelon, a pumpkin, figs, peaches and lemons. We scooped the seeds out of the pumpkin and gave them a wash so that we could save them on a paper towel for next season. It was good messy fun and you asked some interesting questions about different types of seeds and how to save them.

There were yummy smells wafting out of the hall doors and I could tell there was some great cooking going on inside! All the lovely recipes you made are here on this page. Maybe you could make your favourite one for you Whanau. You were all very confident in your cooking skills but I was pleased to see you taking your time to make sure you were getting it right. You all worked together so well to produce a wonderful meal.

Room 3, I hope you had a great time with our Plant to Plate team and I hope you are checking the gardens to make sure they are getting enough water. What do you think you will do with all the vegetable once they are ready to harvest? Maybe you could share them amongst you school families! We look forward to coming back and having another session with you next year. Until then, 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.


Self watering pots