Beetroots Rock.

Relish. Cake. Salads. Brilliant.

Beetroot has been my favourite vegetable this year. You can juice it, boil it, steam it, roast it, you can eat the leaves in salads, you can pickle the whole thing or just the stems, you can make cakes and relishes. Oh the things you can do!

Here are the things that 1/2B did

Harvesting and cooking Beetroot & Chocolate cake today!


Charlotte, Niamh, Bella, Drew and Sophie were the cooks and the cake was enjoyed by the whole class!!



IMG_2698There was 1.5Kg of beetroot leftover so we’ve also made beetroot relish for the Arts Fair Garden Stall which all sold out super quick!


IMG_2703The beetroot leaves will go into the gourmet salads and baguettes which will be sold from the “Old School House Cafe” at the Arts Fair!!

Let us know if you need more info or recipe etc?



The garden continues to bring joy. This young entymologist is not yet at the school but he dropped his brother off and collected a fine little sample. Does anyone know what insect this is?IMG_2169

The Produce Stall, is it worth continuing?

We had another day of locally grown produce from the school garden and the gardens of the families at the school.

Today the highlights were the organic/biodynamic garlic and broad beans.

The stall is not getting as much sales this term as last term. This term has been a bit interrupted of course. The stall has been quite successful in raising money but more importantly it leads to a lot of conversations about the garden and gardens and healthy food. Essentially it grows the community around the garden as much as it funds the garden projects.

We shall review the Monday Produce Stall project at the end of the term.

If you have strong feelings about it please get in touch or just come along on Mondays and talk to Doug “The Grocer” Lynch.


Smiles in the Garden

Its winter now. There are still days when the sun shines. There are still smiles in the garden.


Olly and Caleb were plugging away, watering, weeding and learning.

We are planning to increase activity in the Garden in term three; the most conspicuous event being a School Garden Working Bee.

Sunday 13th August from 9am – 1pm.

Bring you gloves and smiles. We will bring some hot tea and everything else.



Prep H Kitchen Garden Adventures

Tam Alner has sent in a progress report from the hard working kids in Prep H. 

Thanks to Miss H, the Prep H aides and especially Tam the parent volunteer for making the Prep H garden bed one of the prettiest in the whole Garden! Well done kids! Not only has Prep H grown a lot of beautiful vegetables but they have also spotted the Bunny.

This Bunny is cute. This Bunny is also hungry. I’m sure there were some good conversations about rabbits in Australia. There were so many good pictures from Tam and Prep H that I made a little slide show. See Tams story below.

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While preparing our patch, a little rabbit was wandering about…

Week 1: Planting out our seeds and seedling.

We planted some spearmint, lemon balm and thyme and loved smelling the herbs before we planted them. We talked about what plants need to grow and which vegies we all liked to eat.

We also planted some seedlings of beetroot, snow peas, tomatoes and Brussel sprouts and some climbing bean seeds to climb up our driftwood tepee.

Week 5:

Our garden was in need of some love, so we got our gloves on and cleared out the weeds.

We also decorated the patch by weaving different ribbon and threading on some buttons and beads.

In the process, we spotted some snow peas growing beautifully, some tomatoes that may or may not ripen and many more flowers ready for more snow peas.

We also spotted a caterpillar and a lovely, long worm…

Everyone who helped took a turn drawing some of the vegies we have growing in our patch.

We are waiting for our beetroots to grow a little bigger so we can harvest them and make some beetroot and chocolate cupcakes….. YUM.


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Where is your bed?

By which We mean your Garden Bed. Every class in the school now has its own garden bed. That means your class (or your kids classes) have an ongoing project in the garden either with their teachers, the teaches aides or our wonderful parent volunteers.

Pop in and have a look at what’s going on.

Autumn in the Garden with 1/2 B

All of the garden beds have been planted and are growing well.


The class of 1/2 B has had a regular day in the garden with the wonderful parent volunteers that have been helping them; Ana H. and Pippa H.(Also known as Ana Hughes and Pippa Howes.)


The kids have had a great time. And of course the conversation always  turned to food.


Heres the second term progress week by week;

Week 1 – planning & measuring our garden

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Week 2 – planting carrots & beetroot seedlings in our garden

Week 3 – planting sugar snap peas & brussel sprouts seedlings in our garden



Week 4 – pulling weeds & planting parsley seeds in our garden


Week 5 – Harvest Rhubarb & cooked Apple and Rhubarb Crumble – YUM!

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Heres the recipe;

Apple & Rhubarb Crumble

500g (about 3 large) granny smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into thin wedges
1 bunch rhubarb (about 450g), trimmed, washed, cut into 4cm lengths
1 tablespoons caster sugar
1 cinnamon stick & 3 cloves

2 tablespoons plain flour
60g reduced fat polyunsaturated margarine
90g dessicated coconut
50g (1/2 cup) rolled oats
55g (1/4 cup) firmly packed brown sugar
Step 1
Preheat the oven to 180°C or 160°C fan forced. Lightly grease a 1.5L (6 cup) capacity oven proof baking dish.
Step 2
To make the filling, place the apples, rhubarb, 80ml (1/3 cup) water, sugar and cinnamon in a medium size saucepan over a medium heat. Simmer, covered, for 8-10 minutes, or until apples and rhubarb are just tender. Remove and discard cinnamon stick & cloves.
Step 3
Meanwhile, place the flour, margarine, coconut, oats and sugar in a large bowl. Use your fingers to rub in the margarine until well combined and large crumbs form.
Step 4
Spoon the fruit into the prepared dish, sprinkle the topping evenly over the fruit. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbling. Serve with custard.
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Thanks to Ana and Pippa for all their work.
All volunteers, teachers, aides and kids are invited to send us photos or stories or drawings of their time in the garden. Just send them to and we will take care of the rest.

Mrs B’s Class Update.

The kids from Mrs B’s Class are “on fire”.

This week 1/2 B’ class planted sugar snap peas, brussel sprouts & viola seedlings in their garden. Good luck guys.

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Mack’s Garden!


Nice new sign in the Garden. This is Mack’s Garden. Mack shares it with the rest of 3/4 M.

Looking Good Mack!

Mrs B’s class is getting going.

An update from the Garden; Mrs B’s class are working hard. We were lucky enough to have a break in the (welcome) rainy weather to plant our carrots and beetroot seedlings this afternoon. The garden is starting to take shape.

There was lots of measuring between seedlings as per the instructions and discussions about what plants need to grow. Excellent work “B 1/2”.IMG_3278.jpg