Send them off with food grown at home
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.
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.
KING OF HERBS: Though known for its extensive use in Italian and Mediterranean food, basil is thought to be native to India. ◗ Blueberries are a great fruit for children to gow.