School plant sale
Plants in sale grown by kids
Students at Pauatahanui School have been weeding, watering and potting plants since February in preparation for their plant sale next week.
‘‘It’s an annual event that’s been running for the last 10 years, using parent volunteers to help the children in the school nursery,’’ says head potter Jenny Pyatt.
‘‘Every Tuesday morning we potter around in the garden, and we’ve been very lucky with the weather this year.’’
Parent helper Pete Mitchell says the kids enjoy helping in the garden and have grown very attached to the plants.
‘‘They even name their plants, like pets. This year we’ve grown a lot of vegetables too, so they learn about growing their own food,’’ he says.
Many of the plants sprouted from cuttings the children collected from home, which Ms Pyatt says was an effective way to cut costs.
A huge selection of native grasses, flax, cabbage trees, herbs, fruit trees, vegetables and succulents will be for sale.
Most plants are from $3 to $4 and all proceeds will go toward new equipment and programmes at Pauatahanui School.
Gates open at 9am. For more information contact Ms Pyatt on 528 4983.
Potty planters: Students from Pauatahanui School are getting ready for the school’s annual plant sale on October 31. Pet sheep Bob is being primed for the lamb and calf day the following weekend.