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Gardening

Kids at schools involved in Fresh Tastes might be learning about growing fresh fruit and vegies in their school garden through the Growing Food action area of Fresh Tastes. They might be setting up their school garden to be used more widely across the school and in the classroom.

To find out more about what your child is learning at school and to continue the learning at home, check out the video and useful resources below! 

Useful resources for home

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation – Healthy Kids: includes family-centred advice based on the Foundation's recipes, garden activities and veggie-growing tips.

Canberra Organic Growers Society: local society where you can find Canberra specific tips for starting or maintaining your vegie garden at home, and local gardening news and events.

Rodney’s PlantsPlus: gardening fact sheets, local news and tips for the Canberra region.

The Green Shed: head out to their Mugga Lane or Mitchell locations to purchase cheap gardening materials and equipment to get growing at home.

Sustainable Gardening Australia: ideas for making your garden at home more environmentally friendly, along with information about growing edible bush tucker.

Actsmart Canberra Plant Selector tool: use this online tool to find information about a range of plant varieties and the best plants to use in your home garden.

Ideas for getting involved at school

  • Spread the word! Parents and volunteers are often the backbone of any school gardening activity and to help with maintenance.

  • Ask your school if they need donations of tools, soil, rocks, seeds, seedlings, watering cans, mulch, fencing and more. If so, organise a school wide donation drive.

  • Start a small vegie and/or herb garden at home. Get your kids to help with choosing vegies, planting and garden maintenance. Ask them questions about their experience gardening at school.

  • Offer to help purchase plants for the school using vouchers. If they’re focusing on Growing Food they may have gift vouchers to use, but no time to go out and buy plants.