Our final session for term one was a fabulous morning with the fun and engaged students from room 12. We had a smaller than usual group for the morning and this meant we were able to spend some real one on one time with everyone, although they were all such capable cooks we could of just left them to it. You cooked a yummy meal, set the table beautifully, made us laugh when you practiced your waiting skills and showed great respect when you all made an effort to try everything on your plates. Best of all you cleaned up without complaint and help our team of volunteers pack up the vans at the end! Phew… Super stars!
You were happy to get stuck into the garden and weren’t afraid to add the sheep poo, eat fresh peas and even raw beetroot right out of the garden. You did scare me a little with your red teeth that made me think of vampires! I wonder how all of the seedlings we planted are looking after the holidays. if you haven’t been in to give them a water the you probably should this week. I imagine some of the weeds are poking their naughty heads through again, so pull them out while you are at it! I hope you have made a plan to use or give away the produce when it is ready, it would be such a share to have it go to waste! You should email me some photo of the gardens progress, I would love to see it.
Our whole team let with massive grins on their faces after they sang us a beautiful waiata at the end. Thank you room 12 for a wonderful morning. I hope you enjoyed your time with Plant to Plate as much a we did.
Happy gardening everyone. Cindy
GARDENING TIP OF THE DAY…
BACK TO BASICS – When, where and how to plant a vegetable garden!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.