Hokowhitu School Green Team – 22nd July

Our first session back was with Hokowhitu School Green Team. Everyone was super excited to get back and we had lots and lots of helpful volunteers and parents join us for the morning. We were also very lucky with the weather… there had been lots of rain during the night but it stayed away so we could get the gardens all planted up.

We used the 2 biggest garden beds and put lime, blood and bone, and sheep poo in the soil and dug it in well. We planted cabbage, cauliflower, broccolini, spring onions, beetroot (red and yellow), bok choy, spinach and coriander.  There was no need to water as the rain had already done that for us! We checked out my seed box which has so many different types of varieties, all of which are different shapes, sizes and colours. A big tidy up around the garden beds was needed so we grabbed the rakes and cleaned up all the leaves. These went into the compost bin and once the compost is ready it can be used in the vegetable beds… such great recycling!

Yummy smells drifted from the hall were the cooking was taking place. When I first saw all the food I thought there was no way we would get through it all… but you surprised me! It makes me so happy to see your tamariki all working together to produce something so wonderful. My belly was full, it was a delicious meal.

Thank you Hokowhitu Green Team for a wonderful morning, I look forward to coming back soon to harvest all that amazing produce we planted. Take care of the garden until then.

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!