Sunday, 25 September 2016

New World Little Garden

Do you have any seedling kits that you don't want to grow?
We would love them for our gardening group - Just drop them at the office.
Thank you

Monday, 15 August 2016

Making bird feeders

Hard at work making bird feeders
A finished bird feeder
                                             hanging the bird feeders

Lucky birds !!

Pot plants

Some happy Room 9 gardeners

A proud gardener

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Remembering Mr Sam

On Tuesday November 8th 2011  Mr Sam - Harry Samuela - a teacher and good friend to Russell School passed away.
One of the many things that Mr Sam did for Russell School, was to start our blogs.

In his honour, the Crawshaw family gave us a Kowhai tree to plant in the flagpole garden and excitingly this year it is flowering for the first time !

Monday, 6 June 2016

We start young

One of our five year olds hard at work in the garden.

Seed packets

Bad weather doesn't stop our eager gardeners 
When it's wet, they work inside, on projects like seed bombs and seed packets.

Busy in the garden

The children have been hard at work in the garden.

With Alicia on the planter boxes.

 Turning over the compost.
 Showing great H.E.A.R.T and using TEAMWORK.

Working with parents.

 Our glorious gardeners.

Keep up the great work!

Seed bombs

Seed bombs (also known as seed balls) are actually a great way to propagate seeds, especially on a large scale or in poor soils. 

Using richer soil balls gives the seeds a head start and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
The children have been making them with Alicia.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016


 In September 2014,

  students, family, 

friends and staff 

members ( Whaea 

Nancy, Whaea Angela 

and Matua Rob) helped 

 Alicia plant 6 

Feijoa trees.

While the Feijoa trees 

don't seem 

much bigger it is

 exciting that we may 

get some fruit!

Look what we saw the 

other day - YUM YUM

Porirua Schools garden Club News - term 1

Thursday, 28 April 2016


Look at all the apples the boys harvested this year!

Alicia's workshops

Look what we grew!
We don't even have to get our hands dirty !
We made seed packets for the tomato seeds

We are really lucky because Alicia has come regularly this term                       and worked with children in the 

Thanks Alicia, we love gardening with you and look forward to doing more next term.
The caterpillar workshop

More from the archive

this photo appeared on the front of the newsletter June 23rd 2010 with this caption :

As many of you know, last year we started a school garden.  This year we have added a compost bin to the garden and we are now collecting our organic waste across the school and turning it into compost for the garden.  In our picture we see Etevilla, Kaylee, Anton and Shaddi  helping to paint the bins.

This is what our compost looks like now
home for what will be some great pumpkins!!!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

from the archive

How it all began
This photo appeared on the front of the Russell School Newsletter on November 5th 2009 with the caption:

Our School Garden

"Last weekend a group of hardworking volunteers began the task of creating a 'community garden' in the school ground. In our picture we see Whaea Angela and the children from Room 4 planning the next stage - planting! 

Look how far we have come thanks to the wonderful support from our community.  We couldn't do it without you!

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Gardening with Alicia

We are really lucky this year, because Alicia is going to come in, every Thursday and work with a group in the garden.
They have started already !

Thanks Alicia and thanks to the seniors who helped her.

I am sure the monarchs will appreciate the new swan plants .