Vege patch thrives in lockdown

The Westlake Girls Gardening Club had a helping hand over lockdown, to ensure their newly planted veges survived in the school’s garden.

Cara Clark-Howard said the team of six students and two teachers had planted broccoli, lettuce, silverbeet and carrots before lockdown but none of the gardners were able to tend the plot. Coming to their rescue was Westlake’s Caretaker Heta Witika, who lives onsite. He made sure the plants were watered and the soil maintained.

We’re happy to report all of the veges survived – and in fact the lettuce thrived. It was donated to Sunnynook’s Community Cupboard after lockdown ended. The club will now undertake winter plantings and give more of their veges to the Year 13 Food Technology class for their lessons.

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