Parkland School – Room 11 – 9th May 2018

Our second session at Parkland school was with Mr Pratt’s room 11 class. We had lots of volunteers to help at this session and it was great to have a parent along to join us too!

Some of the students had a session with Plant to Plate last year so they knew the drill and got straight on to their tasks. In the hall they cooked up a storm and there were lots of yummy smells drifting out the door. it was quite obvious to me that some of the students cooked at home. They were happy to chop, peel and grate without any support. It was great to see everyone working together to prepare the lunch.

We braved a little rain in the garden to plate some more vegetables. I love that there were things already in there that we could take inside and use straight away! We also got the compost bin up and running again. We made a lasagna with layers of scraps, leaves, paper and cardboard. Remember to take the stickers off your fruit before it goes in the compost because these don’t break down!

Room 11 we had a really great morning with you and we hope you all learnt something new! Perhaps you could make your favorite recipe from the day for you whanau 🙂

Happy gardening everyone, Jacinda.


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.


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