School plant sale

Plants in sale grown by kids

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

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.

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