Our first session for term 3 was with the very excited room 4 from Clifton School in Bulls. We have been looking forward to coming back to Bulls, we enjoy working in your fantastic garden area and I was also very excited to see the new gardens that have been put in recently. The School grounds look amazing and I am so pleased to see everyone looking after them so well.
We had SOOOOOOO many volunteers to help us with our first session! 12 people in fact. I think that is the most we have ever had! We had 2 brand new volunteers, Rebecca and Thilini, as well as 2 student dietitians who join us for placement. Its wonderful to have so many awesome people willing to give up their time to help teach our tamariki about vegetable gardening and cooking good food.
I spent most of the session out in the vegetable garden. We had to weed the garden bed first, then add some food to the soil. Lime, fertiliser and sheep poo to help the seedlings to grow. Our wonderful friends at Awapuni Nurseries give us all of our seedling for free, how nice is that! We planted brocoflower (a green cauliflower), beetroot, spring onions, lettuce, bok choy, kale and broccoli. The we had a go at making wheatheads, I wonder if their hair is growing yet?
When I popped back to the kitchen there were some yummy smells wafting around. I loved seeing everyone working together to produce a yummy meal. You all had a turn chopping, grating, peeling, stirring, frying and of course cleaning up. The cleaning up isn’t so bad when there are lots of people to help! The table was set so nicely and everyone sat together to enjoy the food that was made. It makes me super proud to see people trying new foods. Sometimes we may not like it, but you never know if you don’t try. Also, did you know that your tastes change the more you try things and the older you get! I never liked beetroot growing up, but now I LOVE it.
Room 4 you did a super job and we all had a great time with you. Keep smiling and having fun! Jacinda
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!