Riverdale School – 4th March 2020

Our first session for autumn was with a neat group of kids from Riverdale School. Time to get all our winter vegetables in the garden and make sure we keep everything well watered and weeded to that we have lots of produce for the winter months.

It was lovely to have a nice sunny day and plenty of helpers both in garden and in the cooking area. We had a few brand new volunteers join us at this session to see how they can help out. 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. It is also fantastic to have some parent helpers at these sessions. I love seeing whanau being interested in their tamariki’s education – I also hope they learn something new themselves and maybe even offer to help looks after the school gardens during the holidays!

We got the rest of the garden beds all planted up with vegetable seedlings from our friends at Awapuni Nursery, and we were able to pick and eat some radishes that we planted at our first session! 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??? We also planted 2 lovely big passionfruit vines near the fence – I love passionfruit and I hope these produce lots of fruit for you next year.

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 Chocobeet cake, or possibly the Pasta with Tomato sauce! 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.

Thank you Riverdale School for having Plant to Plate at your school again this year – we have had a wonderful 3 weeks, and I hope you have too. We look forward to coming back again at some point.

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.