North Street School – Room 11 – 27th February

It was awesome to back at North Street School with Whaea Liz’s room 11 class. It was a busy session and we were very lucky to have lots of volunteers to help out, and of course Dave Beaver who helps run a lunchtime Green Team at school once a week.

In the garden we added fresh topsoil to the beds and mixed it in well with the soil that was in there. After this we added some food for the plants, compost, lime, blood and bone, a general fertiliser and my favourite; sheep poo! I wonder if room 11 remembers the other names I had for all these things? This had to be well dug in to encourage the plant roots to hunt for the food, this will make the roots bigger and in turn, the whole vegetable! We planted red and green cabbage, spinach, beetroot and a couple of varieties for lettuce. We are very lucky to get all the seedlings we use, free, from Awapuni Nurseries. They have been giving them to us for 10 years; awesome huh!

There were awesome smells wafting out of the classroom door where the cooking was taking place. It always makes me happy to see students working together to produce a yummy meal. It’s so important to learn how to cook and to not be afraid to try something new. The skills you learn while cooking will see you through the rest of your lives. I wonder what the favourite recipe of the day was, and I wonder if anyone has made one of the recipes for their Whanau? All the recipes are here, just click and it will take you to the correct page. There are also lots of other easy/healthy recipes on this website, have a look and see if there is something you would like to try.

Thank  you for a fun morning and a delicious lunch room 11. I look forward to seeing you again over the next few weeks!

Happy gardening everyone, Jacinda


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.