Mrs Bucheler walked to the gardens last week with the second group of students. They enjoyed the walk along the footpaths towards the Papatoetoe Teaching Gardens. Everyone in the group made sure the followed the Road Safety Rules when walking along, and when crossing the roads.
As they walked through the gardens the students looked at the different types of vegetables which were growing in the garden plots. They named them and looked at how they were growing in straight lines. There were spaces between the lines for the gardeners to stand on when weeding. The spaces also let the plants have room to grow. Can you see the broccoli, cabbage, silver beet and taro?
Next Mr Newsome showed us the gardening tools in the tool shed. They were all adult size. We saw brooms, shovels, spades, forks, watering cans and wheelbarrows. There were also boots for people to borrow.
Later we divided into groups and went to plant some vegetables in the garden. We had on our tool belts. We had a great time in the sunshine.
We liked planting the silver beet. We made a hole with our trowels and then put our plant roots into it. Then we patted the soil around the roots and stem of the plant to keep it in the soil, growing tall and straight and healthy. We were very happy that we had Mr and Mrs Newsome and Ms Clark to help us.
The last activity we did was planting some carrot seeds. carrot seeds are very tiny. To make sure they were spaced out correctly Mrs Newsome had some which were stuck onto a paper strip. You make a shallow trench in the soil, put the seed paper in, and then gently cover the paper with soil and pat it down. Next you have to water the area so the seeds start to germinate and the shoots grow up out of the soil towards the sunshine!
What a great day!!!