Let­tuce get you grow­ing veg­gies

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Get­ting grubby is a good thing at the Coles house­hold th­ese days.

The West­mere fam­ily are the stars of a new re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show called Get Grow­ing, which fol­lows them on a jour­ney to build­ing a self-sus­tain­ing gar­den.

Mum Devoney, dad Jon and their two sons Otis and Dash have been helped along the way by gar­den­ing fa­natic and ed­i­tor of NZ Gar­dener mag­a­zine Lynda Hal­li­nan.

Af­ter just eight weeks, their gar­den is over ow­ing with let­tuce, spinach, cu­cum­bers, straw­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries and toma­toes.

“I just never would have thought of grow­ing so much food,” says Devoney, who had at­tempted gar­den­ing be­fore but given up.

She says the big­gest prob­lem now is what to do with all the veg­eta­bles they har­vest.

“We have way too many let­tuces.

“ ven my neigh­bours don’t want my let­tuces any more.”

Devoney says the most help­ful tips Lynda has given, “apart from ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing”, have been her ad­vice on dou­ble-crop­ping and ben­e­fi­cial in­sect gar­dens.

“I feel it would have taken a life­time to learn oth­er­wise.”

She says the ex­pe­ri­ence has been great for twoyearOtis, whose at­ti­tude to eat­ing veg­gies has com­pletely changed.

“If Otis har­vests it, he wants to eat it.”

Devoney says al­though it’s only been eight weeks, the change in the fam­ily’s gro­cery bill is al­ready no­tice­able.

Lynda, who trans­formed her own gar­den a cou­ple of years ago, says she’s even “a lit­tle bit jeal­ous” of the Coles’ new patch.

She says the aim of Get Grow­ing is “to show how easy it is to get stuck in”.

She hopes it will de­mys­tify gar­den­ing for peo­ple who think it is only the realm of ex­perts.

“You just need to dig a hole, put some seeds in it and hope for the best,” she says.

Get Grow­ing is on Prime TV ev­ery Sun­day at 7pm.

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