Parkland School – 12th February 2020

Session 2 of Term 1 2020 was with Mrs Wilson amazing group of year 5 & 6 students at Parkland School. Parkland School has taken part in the Plant to Plate Aotearoa programme for many years and have some very dedicated and enthusiastic teachers who are keen on keeping the gardens well looked after.

It was lovely to have a nice sunny day and plenty of helpers both in garden and in the cooking area. We love having new people join our team of volunteers and today we had Megan from Bunnings Palmerston North join us for the first time. What we do is fun and essential to help our tamariki become great people in the future, so it’s great to have people pass on their knowledge!

We got 2 big garden beds all planted up with vegetable seedlings from our friends at Awapuni Nursery. Many of these will be ready to be used at our next session at Parkland School in May. Before we planted anything we made sure that there was plenty of food in the soil so that the plants can grow big and strong. I wonder if the students remember what all the “ingredients” were? Cocoa, icing sugar, sprinkles, cinnamon and chocolate chips – sound yummy??? After carefully planting the seedling we made sure everything got a nice big drink because the weather is been very dry lately. it will be important to continue to water the gardens regularly so we can harvest lots of goodness when we come back.

In the hall the kitchen area was a hive of activity and the smells wafting out were delicious! I think that the favourite recipe of the day might have been the cauliflower fried rice, or possibly the rhubarb muffins! All our recipes are plant based and have been tried and tested by many kids – they are easy, cheap and yummy. I hope that some of the cool kids have tried the recipes at home with their whanau – if not, the recipes can be seen by clicking on the links.

It was a great to see lots of familiar faces at Parkland School and I really look forward to coming back again in Term 2.

Until then, happy gardening everyone! Jacinda

GARDENING TIP OF THE DAY…

Jobs for the Summer.

Keep weeding and watering. Water in the early morning or in the evening to help stop the water evaporating before it has sunk into the soil properly. Keep harvesting all your crops daily – especially things like zucchini which can go from normal size to elephant size in just a couple of days. Starting planning what you are going to grow over the winter months and start of seeds.

GARDEN ACTIVITY OF THE DAY…

Make a Bird Frightener.

This time of the year bird like to eat our fruit and vegetables that are ready to harvest. This is a simple and fun way to deter them.