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Milson School – Room 1 – 23/10/2019

What a great day today at our first ever session at Milson School in Palmerston North. The first of 4 session went to Rhy’s awesome room 1 class who nailed the cooking and gardening, and left the least amount of leftovers I have ever seen in my 4 years of Plant to Plating…! Ka Pai team! My chickens will be disappointed though, they look forward to the leftovers :)

Thanks to the awesome team of Rob and Pete (the caretakers at Milson School) there were 2 new vegetable garden beds to use. And thanks to the team at Bunnings Palmerston North these beds were filled to the brim with lovely new garden mix to plant our seedlings into. It was so nice to be able to plant so easily without too much digging around first. Even though this is fresh soil weeds will still appear at some point, so room 1 you will have to make sure you check you garden and pull out anything unwanted. We want the produce to be ready before the end of the term so we planted fast growing things like spring onions, bok choy and carrots. Purple carrots in fact!

Lunch was so yummy and I was so impressed with you lovely table ‘Etiquette’ and the many thank you’s I heard. We have a great team of volunteers who keep the P2P programme running so we need to be very nice to them. we want them to enjoy their morning as much as you do :)

Thank you room 1 for a wonderful morning and a delicious lunch. I can’t wait to come back to Milson School next week.

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.