Lettuce get you growing veggies
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.