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How to make your own scarecrow

From our Little Green Spade Winter Diary You will need: Old clothes; pants or jeans, belt, shirt, hat Old clothes for stuffing or hay. Pillow case Strong sturdy pole Broomstick handle Rope or twine Texta’s for drawing the face TIP: The more colourful your scarecrow, the better job he’ll do of scaring of unwanted pests. […]

A story from Wallalong Preschool

The Scarecrow Jake found an old flannelette shirt and asked what is this for? Dana replied “that’s for painting”. Jake said “this would make a good scarecrow!” Dana thought that was a great idea and gathered the children for a discussion about how to do it they made a list together with all the things […]

Chickens in our Preschool!

Seaham Preschool Hi everyone! Our outdoor environment is always an ongoing project. Mowing, weeding, planting, harvesting, fertilising and the development of play areas. Our children have an important and prominent role within our planning and execution either on a project or every day basis. We constantly ask and observe our children and their play about […]

Growing Your Own Pet Food

The guinea pigs at Clarence Town pre-school are fed with the freshest of fresh produce! Last year we had a vision: to establish a community garden in the courtyard outside of our pre-school. This is a shared space for anyone using the community centre. It is also easily accessed by the community. This vision became a […]

Gardening and Fundraising

At our pre-school we have a vision for gardening to not only be something that we do, but for gardening to be an embedded part of our whole service and in the lives of our families too. With this in mind, today we have reached the final day for our latest fundraiser: a spring raffle. […]

Planting in a raised garden bed

If you want to grow your vegetables above the ground in raised beds has numerous benefits:  The bed is at an easier height to plant, weed and harvest. If the soil at your location is poor a raised bed is the perfect container to import new soil into or create a “No Dig” soilless garden […]

Growing in containers

Is your early education and care service tight for space? What about planting your garden in containers? Here are some tips: If you don’t have enough space for a full sized garden bed there are many different vegetables that you can grow in containers including pots, vertical gardens, fabric bags, wall pouches, hanging baskets and […]

Science Week!

2015 is the UN-declared International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL). It is a world-wide celebration of the importance of light and optical technologies to the development of society. As such, the theme for this year’s National Science Week in schools is Making waves: the science of light, providing the backdrop for a myriad […]

Getting down and dirty

Ok everyone, here are some helpful tips for planting in the ground and preparing your soil. The easiest way to start your vegetable garden is to plant it directly in the ground but it isn’t quite as simple as burying seeds and walking away. Although some vegetable plants will grow if you do this, they […]

Choosing the right spot

The location of your veggie patch is important for its success. There are a few things I would encourage you to consider; Sunshine – don’t worry, you don’t necessarily need full sun all day to grow vegetables successfully, but try and find a patch that gets at least 2 – 4 hours per day. This […]

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