This year we are very excited to be running our first Tamahere School Vege Garden Competition! leading up to our school Agricultural Day on Thursday 15th October, with prizes kindly sponsored by Amber Garden Centre.
Gardening is a skill that used to be readily passed on from one generation to the next, but with changing lifestyles many children grow up without learning any basic gardening skills. Getting them into the garden is a wonderful way to teach them about nature and where their food comes from. It also helps to gain an appreciation of the importance of plants and of the natural world in our lives.
Giving children responsibility for a few plants will start them on the path to learning valuable lessons about nurturing other living things.
How to enter:
Any child who wishes to enter must complete an entry form available from the school office. Entries must be received by Tuesday 1st September 2020. Since this is our first year we are leaving the criteria open to the children to decide what they would like to create. Get inventive and use your imagination!
Entries can be something as simple as lettuce grown in an upcycled container, through to a project carefully thought through with an elderly neighbour or grandparent.
Children will need to keep a diary containing details on what, and when, they have planted, plants may be started as seeds or seedlings and children should understand basic principles such as planning the garden, preparing the soil, watering, pest and weed management.
Other than that, we are keen to see our children outside enjoying the fresh air, hands on and getting creative!
The competition will open on Saturday 29th August. Gardens must be started on or after this date, and can run until judging, which will occur during the first two weeks of October, with prize winners announced at Ag Day on the 15th October.
Some tips on where to start:
Advice from your local garden centre – The team at Amber Nurseries are very friendly and happy to help with ideas.
The below websites also have a lot of useful information:
Tui Kids Gardening Guide
Mitre 10 – How to grow spring veges
Yates – How to get started in the garden
Thanks again to Amber Garden Centre for your generous support!