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It was fantastic to not only see parents joining us, but also aunties, grandparents and even some of our neighbors! For our children it is a valuable life lesson to see their family muck in and do their bit for the school. They also see that helping out can be heaps of fun. It is also worth noting that the children did an awesome job of enthusiastically helping with the various jobs and had lots of fun doing so.
We planted the 4 beautiful, big pear trees in the orchard area and removed the dead mandarin trees. We harvested buckets full of vermicast from our worm farm and started some fresh new layers for our worms. We now have a huge drum full of vermicast and worm juice ready to use for the growing season. The entire vegetable garden was weeded and the star shaped beds re-established with new panga logs. All the paths were weeded and thoroughly covered with mulch. Many wheelbarrow loads of home-made school compost were added to the soil and with all the weeds we pulled out, we started some huge new compost piles. Last but not least, we planted a huge amount of strawberry plants.
Thanks to David for keeping the BBQ going and feeding us all, and to Susanna for baking the delicious chocolate cake.
Thank you to everybody who came along! It was evidence again that our Waikino community is strong and very special indeed. We achieved so much, and as parents and whanau it is a great way to give back to the school and the teachers who do so much for our children. Ka pai team!
PS: Feel free to come and spend a bit of time in the garden at any time. Many parents and friends expressed an interest in doing this, and that would fit right in with the enviroschool kaupapa and the whole idea of the garden being there for the entire community.