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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 […]


Today, I did something that perhaps only gardeners will find absolutely exciting… I picked the first strawberry of the season! My personal food garden is only one year old and our first season of strawberry growth was very disappointing. I had few berries and often, when I did find a nice red one, I would […]

Welcome gardening friends!

Hi Gardening friends! My name is Becc and I am the teaching director at Clarence Town Pre-School. I’m so pleased to be part of the Little Green Spade and I hope that over time we will be able to develop a strong online community of educators all passionate about fresh food and children! At our […]

Composting and worm farms

With time and effort your compost will become a valuable asset to your garden. Your compost can have many additions: Grass clippings, garden waste (although be aware of seeding weeds as these need to be disposed of), shredded paper, fruit and vegetable scraps, leaf litter, tea bags, coffee grounds and even lint from your dryer. […]


Composting provides multiple benefits for both your garden and the environment. Consider the amount of food waste and organic matter that becomes landfill. Composting reuses these natural resources and creates a rich support for your soil. Intentional teaching: Composting Within the early education and care environment you may find that an enclosed composting container is […]

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