Buck­ets of fun for lit­tle green thumbs

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

CHIL­DREN had the chance to get out of the house and learn how to grow their own plants in buck­ets dur­ing their Easter hol­i­days.

About 30 kids vis­ited the Ma­reeba Gar­den Cen­tre on An­zac Av­enue on Tuesday and learnt the ba­sics of grow­ing.

Gar­den cen­tre em­ployee Fay Her­bohn led the morn­ing and had kids make a worm out of clay to dec­o­rate their “bucket gar­dens”.

Ma­reeba Gar­den Cen­tre owner Joy Pater­son said the clay worms helped chil­dren know when their plants need to be wa­tered be­cause they light­ened in colour as they dry.

“Kids are plant­ing seeds and mak­ing a bucket gar­den in an ac­tual metal bucket,” she said.

“They get to take what they make home so they are able to watch it grow. We are try­ing to get kids into gar­den­ing rather than sit inside all day.”

Kids planted seeds for beans, toma­toes, peas and flow­er­ing nas­tur­tium plants.

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