Send them off with food grown at home

Warwick Daily News - - GARDEN - with Angie Thomas Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

MANY schools have a des­ig­nated time dur­ing the day where kids eat a fruit or vegie snack. Some­times called Crunch and Sip or Munch and Crunch, it is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to in­clude more fresh food in chil­dren’s di­ets.

To en­cour­age this healthy habit, kids can help cre­ate their own fruit and vegie snack gar­den at home and then proudly take the har­vest to school to eat.

Dur­ing warm sea­sons you can try baby car­rots, dwarf beans, Le­banese cu­cum­bers (cut length­ways into quar­ters they’re per­fect for dip­ping into hum­mus), cherry to­ma­toes, cap­sicum that can be cut into easy-to-eat strips, straw­ber­ries and vi­ta­min-packed blue­ber­ries.

Most of th­ese plants can be grown suc­cess­fully in a pot if you don’t have ac­cess to a vegie patch.

Pesto any­one?

Basil has such a rich fra­grance and in­tense flavour, and is used in so many dif­fer­ent ways that it is no won­der it is one of Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar herbs.

To grow basil in a pot: fill a con­tainer at least 30cm in di­am­e­ter with a qual­ity pot­ting mix and place the pot in a sunny or partly shaded spot. Scat­ter seed over the sur­face of the pot­ting mix, cover with a 3mm layer of pot­ting mix and then firm down and keep moist.

Seedlings will emerge in 10-12 days. Water well and feed with a liq­uid fer­tiliser weekly.

Har­vest leaves reg­u­larly to help pro­mote a con­tin­u­ous sup­ply of de­li­cious basil.

Basil is also easy to grow in a vegie patch.

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KING OF HERBS: Though known for its ex­ten­sive use in Ital­ian and Mediter­ranean food, basil is thought to be na­tive to

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◗ Blue­ber­ries are a great fruit for chil­dren to gow.

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