Schools bring gardening to life for their students

Planting 5Moturoa Primary School in New Plymouth has made gardening part of its curriculum.

In 1994 the school re-introduced the annual planting of school gardens by the children, marking Arbor Day. Every year since, they have created and planted out a new garden.

Moturoa School was the first Trees for Survival school in Taranaki, opening its propagation unit in December 1996 with funding from Westgate Transport Ltd, Port Taranaki.  New Plymouth Rotary West assembled the unit and supplied many man hours and additional funding.

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How to show your children how to enjoy a small garden

Vegetable gardenGardens come in all sizes and shapes.  We fit into the small garden category – ‘Small enough to keep under control and big enough to provide a great learning environment.’  What a great way to educate the children.

Make sure you choose a well sheltered area that gets many hours of sunlight.  Let your child help prepare the soil. Dirt can be turned over with a small shovel or trowel and clumps can be broken up by hand or by ‘stomping’ on them.

Choose easy to grow plants and as many different ones as you can get into the small space.  Carrots, radishes, lettuces and dwarf butter beans are good vegetable choices.   Mini cauliflower, mini cabbage and mini broccoli are a great idea for small or planter gardens.  Herbs are great to add to meals parsley, thyme, rosemary, chives, peppermint and mint.  Strawberries are also fun to grow.

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