Kindy kids grow green fingers
Paremata Kindergarten pupils are growing their own vegetables, thanks to a new garden area installed last month.
Teacher Sylvia Roche said children had shown an interest in gardening earlier in the year and brought their own swan plants to the centre.
‘‘We had planted some potatoes, peas and beans into tyres,’’ she said.
‘‘ Because of the interest, we decided to expand it even more.’’
Plants could be quite expensive, Mrs Roche said, so she approached Bunnings Warehouse in Porirua to see if it could help with supplies.
After their talk, a Bunnings’ team led by Phillip Knight visited the centre. They listened to pupils’ ideas and designed and built a new gardening area, which included two planter boxes, extra edging to the flower beds, and a herb garden.
‘‘Phil spoke to the children about sustainability, showed them tiger worms that were going into the new garden, and then [helped children plant] vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruit into our new planter boxes and garden.’’
The new garden looked fantastic, she said.
‘‘We feel really lucky to have had Bunnings support us and are looking forward to enjoying the fruits of their labour in the coming months.’’