I’ve had a number of projects on the boil of late… who am I kidding, my life is a long list of projects that I conjure up! One very enjoyable project was helping a local childcare centre “Little Peoples Early Learning Centre”, where my boys attend, set up their veggie patch.
It was really lovely to have all the children so enthusiastic about gardening and wanting to help out. We donned hats and gloves and got to work adding lots of yummy goodness to the soil (compost and manure) and then the kids started burying the plants… literally. Luckily we had lots… not sure how many will survive the enthusiasm!
As you can see the space we had to work with was rather long and narrow, but perfect for little arms to reach for planting, and picking when the time comes! We put in a lovely winter crop of lettuce, peas, strawberries, chives, silverbeet, beetroot and carrots… with lots of marigolds for keeping the pests at bay and for lovely colour in the kids play ground.
‘Little Peoples’ cook their own meals on site, so hopefully the children will be able to pick part of their own lunch very soon. A most rewarding time, thank you Little Peoples!
(NB.The plant labels I used are the ones I made out of yoghurt containers a few blogs ago… and we’ve had a few not adhere very well to the paddle pop sticks. If you’re going to try it, go for a stronger glue!)