Ashhurst School – Room 6 – 12th March 2020

Week 6 and our first session at Ashhurst School for quite a few years. I have been so excited for the 4 sessions we have booked in here! For the first of these sessions (2 this term and 2 next term) we had Mrs Matins awesome room 6 students. Ashhurst School has some wonderful garden beds and a gardening team, so I am confident the vegetable gardens will be kept in tip-top shape. I hope the produce can be shared amongst those who help out in the gardens and the school community. Share and share alike, but make sure you share some for next terms Plant to Plates session.

It was lovely to have a nice sunny day and and although we were a little short of volunteers we did have some parent helpers to give us a hand. It’s great to see people taking an interest in their children’s education and we love having new people join our team. What we do is fun and essential to help our tamariki become great people in the future and we like to share our knowledge with everyone!

We got a big area of the 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 Ashurst in term 2. 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 – remember to keep doing this every day or two to give the plants the best chance.

As always 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 Chocobeet! 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 to the right.

It was a great way to start oof our sessions at Ashhurst School – thank you everyone for a super fun morning and I hope you come to say hello when we are back on Thrusday.

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.