Kea, Kereru & Kotuku – Longburn School – 27 June & 4 July 2018

I was super excited to finally get to bring our Plant to Plate programme to Longburn School. Even better, we got to do it twice!

We had lots of awesome volunteers join us at both sessions and it was great to have some parents come along too! Our first session on the 27th was a little damp in the garden… it was also freezing cold. We needed sheepskin lined gloves. I was pleased to see everyone get stuck in and remove the weeds that had taken over the vegetable gardens. We fed the soil with compost (Cocoa), lime (Icing sugar), fertiliser (Sprinkles) and my favourite… sheep poo (Chocolate chips). We had to dig all this food deep into the soil so that the plants roots would have to hunt it out. This makes the plants good and strong. Thanks to our friends at Awapuni Nursery , we had plenty of plants to fill up the garden beds. We planted spring onions, cabbages, broccoli, bok choy, peas, lettuce, broad beans, beetroot and even some pretty flowers to encourage the bees to visit. By the end of the second session all 3 beds were full of plants (not weeds!). In a couple of months time we will have to pull the share table out again and give all the delicious vegetables away to our school whanau.

The smells wafting out of the hall were amazing, I had to keep popping my head in to see what was cooking. I picked some of my favourite recipes, pumpkin muffins and baked spring rolls are top of my list. All the recipes we made are here on the blog, if you had a favourite you could try it at home and impress your family with your new found cooking skills 🙂 I really liked seeing everyone working together to create a lovely meal to share. And it was especially awesome that you all chipped in when it was time to clean up… many hands make light work.

Longburn, I hope you enjoyed you time with the Plant to Plate team and I hope you learnt something new. I look forward to coming back again sometime and sharing some new recipes with you all.

Until then, happy gardening everyone. Cindy


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!


Grow an Avocado tree.