Last week, on Tuesday 25th July the Harinui Syndicate walked to the Papatoetoe Teaching Gardens. There we met Ms Jenny Clark and Mr and Mrs Newsome. Half of the Syndicate walked down at 11.10am and the other half at 11.45am. They divided our group into three, and we walked around the gardens.
We looked at the way the gardens were set out with garden beds in the shape of squares and rectangles. We saw that the vegetables were planted in rows. Some rows had stakes at the ends to mark them out. We saw some things hanging to scare away the birds – some crinkly plastic bags, some hanging CDs which shone and spun around in the wind.
Later we all were able to put on special gardening tool belts. They had 3 bright yellow tools in loops across the front. We enjoyed wearing them. The first thing we did was some weeding. Then we carefully planted a silverbeet plant each. The plants will be cared for at the gardens. The vegetables we planted will go into the parcels handed out to needy families by a Foodbank.
We enjoyed our time learning about weeding and planting seedlings.
We liked looking at the tool shed and all the gardening equipment too. Each thing had a special job to do. They all made gardening easier.
Look at all the weeds we took out of the garden!
Everyone had a turn to plant a vegetable seedling. They were silverbeet plants.
We really appreciated our helpers from the Teaching Garden Team helping us. They explained how to plant the vegetable plants and showed us how to do it. We had a lot of fun. We enjoyed learning new things. There was heaps to look at and talk about.
We also watched Mrs Newsome as she planted some carrot seeds. They were stuck onto a paper tape. This was so when they were planted the seeds were just the right distance apart. That meant that they would grow with enough room between them.
Last of all we washed our hands and put our tools into a container to be washed. We loved using the bright yellow tools!! What a great day we had!