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    Saving seeds is a good way to practice sustainable gardening.

    It means that we are saving money as we don’t have to keep buying seeds.

    If we select strong healthy plants to save seed from, we are also producing plants that will thrive in our own environment.

    Some easy crops to save seeds from are:                                                                                                     

    Beans, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Peas, Pumpkin, Cucumber, Zucchini, Coriander, Sunflowers, Marigold


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    An empty 1.5 or 2 litre fizzy drink bottle with label                removed

     Sharp scissors/craft knife

     Garden soil

     Green waste – flowers, leaves, kitchen scraps

      Shredded newspaper

      Handful of blood and bone (or other garden fertiliser)

      Water spray

      Packing tape

      Small square of breathable cloth (a chux cloth works well)

      String/rubber band


Magnifying glass                           Activities to do with Soil

                             Exploring the soil is a great way                                for children to learn how  to care for Papatūanuku 

                    Here are two activities for exploring soil   


                         Clear soft drink bottle  Rain gauge


                         Marker pen