Manchester Street School – Room A – 17.10.2018

I was so excited to have our first session of term 4 at Manchester Street School and even more excited when awesome room A came into the hall! So many faces I have known since they were babies!

After a chat about the day and how not to chop our fingers off with the knives, we split into 2 groups, 1 group heading out into the garden with me and the other group ready to tackle 3 yummy recipes.

I always worry there won’t be much for me to do in the gardens at Manchester Street because Mrs Cowan, Mr Harber, the Green Team and Enviro Team do such an amazing job, but we managed to find a bit of unplanted soil for us to pop some vegetable seedlings in. We planted peas and carrots and other yummy things, but before we did this we had to feed the soil. We made a garden cake with cocoa (compost), icing sugar (lime), sprinkles (general fertiliser), chocolate chips (sheep poo!). Only after this mixture was well dug into the soil could we plant our seedlings. Once this was done we made some wheat head people, I bet they are all in need of a hair cut by now!

After a little bit of break and play, the groups swapped over and we got started again.

Wonderful smells wafted out of the school hall where some super masterchefs were making my lunch 🙂 I saw Mr Belk hanging around, obviously he smelt something good too! I loved watching everyone working together to complete the recipes. Chopping, grating, mixing, flipping and cooking, as well as cleaning up afterwards. Then it was time to set the tables and all sit down together to enjoy a yummy lunch. I think the favourite dish of the day was the apple fritter loaf, maybe you could make this at home with you whanau!

Thank you for a fantastic morning room A, I hope you had as much fun as the Plant to Plate volunteers and I did.

Happy gardening everyone, Jacinda.

P.S If you are having trouble with the recipe links, please go to the main page and search for the recipe. I’m not sure why some of the links aren’t working!


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.