Kindy kids grow green fin­gers

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

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.’’

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