North Street School – Room 5 – 04/04/2018

Last week we were back to North Street School in Feilding. we had 2 sessions earlier in the year at North Street School, so we were able to use some of the produce from the garden that we planted back then. There were peas, pumpkin, zucchini, herbs, radish, spinach, and beetroot all ready to go.

We had a big job in the garden as there were lots of weeds to get out before we could plant the seedling s from Awapuni Nurseries. We also had to feed the soil first too. We did this with compost, lime, general fertiliser and sheep poo. (Cocoa, icing sugar, sprinkles and chocolate chips!) Everything then needed a really good water as it has been a dry summer and the soil had really drier out. Plants are more susceptible to diseases and pest if the are thirsty.

It was a hive of activity in the cooking department too. There were some wonderful smells drifting around. A couple of our volunteers didn’t listen to the safety instructions at the beginning of the session and cut themselves. Lucky you lot were listening because they used up all of the plasters.

You all worked together so well and the meal you produced was yummy. i especially like the way you decorated the table with flowers and it was great to see you trying foods you weren’t overly sure about. Ka pai!

We hope you learnt something new in our session, maybe you could make one of the recipes for your whanau in the weekend!

Happy gardening everyone. Cindy

GARDENING TIP OF THE DAY…

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!

GARDEN ACTIVITY OF THE DAY…

Grow an Avocado tree.