Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Picking and eating our tomatoes.

Today we have been picking our tomatoes before the plants die. The tomato plants only last for the summer because they are an annual plant which means that it completes its life cycle, from germination to the production of seeds, within one year and then dies.  Summer annuals, like tomatoes, germinate during spring or early summer and mature by autumn of the same year.  The opposite of an annual plant is a perennial.
Sandwich making with the tomatoes we grew in our garden.
Oly & Mahiro making their tomato sandwich with the tomatoes we grew in our garden.
Cade, Santana, Anton, Mahiro & Oly enjoying their tomato sandwiches.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Strawberry Plants For Sale

With the help of Chris and Vicky we have thinned our strawberry plants and repotted all the surplus plants. Once we get the strawberry’s healthy we are planning on selling them for $1 a plant and the money will be used to purchase more plants for our gardens.

Keeping Plants Alive

It is the beginning of May and it is unusually dry for this time of year. We are having to water a lot to keep plants healthy.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Today we were thinning our strawberry plants with Chris and Vicky.

Today we thinned our strawberry plants and weeded all of our gardens. We didn't know anything about this technique, so enlisted the help of Chris and Vicky, from the school breakfast club, and with their expertise we got a lot done.
We also turned the soil with some new compost which hasn't been done for a while.

Vicky showing Mahiro, Robert, Billy and Harley how to thin our strawberries.

Repotting our now thinned strawberries. 

Our experts Chris and Vicky.

Jai and Mahiro working hard thinning and repotting more strawberries.

We learnt
  • to pull the strawberry plant out of the soil
  • at the crown we pulled the plants apart
  • each separate crown can be repotted & a new strawberry plant will grow
  • the crown needs to sit just above the soil (strawberry plants do not like to be soaked in water)

Monday, 13 November 2017

A new climbing frame

Today Elijah started making a climbing frame for peas.  Watch the space for updates on the progress.

First harvest of 2017

The first harvest of 2017 has been made. We harvest kale, lettuce, celery, radish. 

This is what we harvested today in our garden

This afternoon we let kids from room 16 take what they want.

Pea Vine Netting

Leevi and Elijah have put up some netting around the pea plants so their vines have something to climb. They have also put yellow caps on the waratahs for personal safety.

They put some zip ties on the netting so that it stayed in place.

Leevi was putting safety caps on the warathas for saftey.
We put zip ties through the saftey caps so they would stay in place.

Elijah was putting the netting up so that the peas had something to climb up.

This is what the climbing frame looked like when we were finished.