Welcome autumn and welcome rain to Kitchen Garden! Everyone has enjoyed some cloud cover whilst tending the garden in the past fortnight.
Classes planted lots of punnets of seeds for late autumn harvest; broccoli, snow peas, fennel, beetroot, lettuce, cauliflower and okra seedlings should begin to emerge very soon. Once these are large enough we will plant them into our garden beds and watch them grow.
Classes looked at the different shapes and sizes of seeds and learnt that the size of the seed determines how deep it is planted. Big seeds need to be a little deeper and the tiny lettuce seeds need to be much closer to the surface.
We are very excited In KG this year to be getting our first real crop of citrus. Our lime tree is loaded and cooks used the tangy fruit to make a lime and corn dip which they served with corn chips – a great snack.
Preppies had a close up look at dirt learning that good fertile dirt contains lots of living organisms that are really important for healthy soil. Worms, ants and all manner of creepy crawlies were discovered!
Volunteers are always welcome in KG and so far this term the turnout has been great. We understand that not everyone can make it on Tuesdays due to other commitments but if you would still like to volunteer there is always plenty of ‘behind the scenes’ work that needs to be done. Small jobs like writing the fortnightly newsletter submission, holiday watering/weeding, fundraising or updating the KG website are just some examples of how you can help out.
Until next fortnight,
Mandy Ward, Kitchen Garden Coordinator