Bellevue School



                                                          Our amazing Gardening Club 2012

Update 10 24/10/12

What have we enjoyed???

"I've enjoyed planting the swan flower seeds and the flowers." Amber

"I've enjoyed seeing the strawberries grow." Isabel

"I've enjoyed taking the food home!" Mckenzie

"We enjoyed making the been teepeas." Josh and Cody

"I really enjoy Gardening Club because we get to do a lot of digging and getting dirty. I like eating the veggies when they are done!" Jess

"I enjoyed putting the orchard garden and the herbs in." Abbie

A long time ago now we planted some wildflower seeds. We did this to attract insects and bees.They are currently in bloom and look wonderful!


Our broad beans....

The beans are growing very big, and very tall!!!! Next year we will have to think of some better support to hold them up.

"I liked planting the beans as it is fresh food."                                                  Finlay


Strawberries... The first fruit is starting to appear.

"They will make good fruity salads." Rohan


Update 9 (16/10/12)


Today we dug up our very first carrot crop! Many were very strange shapes, but some looked like 'normal' carrots. The children took them home to be eaten raw, or maybe made into carrot soup!!!



Serves: 8
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 5 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 (400g) tins of plum tomatoes, with juice
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 250ml thickened cream

Preparation method

Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 40 minutes

Update 8 (26/9/12)

Wow we have been super busy this term in the garden. We have planted many lovely fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. We have had a seat built, added more veggie beds, created an orchard and developed our garden path and most importantly eaten our tasty produce!




      Update 7  (5/9/12)        

Our two problem areas are:

- we do not have running water

- we need to make our path safer to walk along - hm mm... -


- Our solutions -

We found an article on water and it explained how to make a 'rain catcher'.



We collected old tyres and created an edging. Now we will plant in more flowers to attract bees and insects. We will need to think about vertical planting, as space is very limited.

More fruit trees...

We have finally finished The Orchard, with a new pear  tree and two more apple trees. Our school should now have enough fruit for everyone to have a 'school made fruit break'. Well, maybe in a couple of years!!!!

We also put in 6 more feijoas in The Terrace Garden.

Up date 6 (22/8/12)

Here are some pictures of our compost bins...

Up date 5 (20/8/12)

The challenge was  to write an explanation about how and why we compost, then roll it out to the entire school!   Well done to all the children who wrote fantastic explanations and explained the process to the rest of the school. Composting here we come!!!!


 Compost is nature’s process of recycling decomposed organic materials into rich soil. Compost is used in the garden.


The reason why we compost is because it is a good way of getting rid of rubbish. It helps the environment by reducing the waste going to the dump. Also it enriches the soil so plants grow better. As well as, it’s nature’s way of recycling.




- Fruit/Vegetable waste

- Garden Waste

- Hay

- Manure

- Tea bags



- Twigs

- Wood Chips

- Cardboard

- Corn stalks

- Leaves

- Newspaper

- Sawdust

- Straw


 Composting is easy! First, choose a dry location to place the compost bin (or something to put the compost in). Soon after, you will need to put in organic matter. (Food scraps). Please ensure you have an equal mix of NITROGEN and CARBON organic matter. Finally, the organic matter should be in small pieces.

When you are composting at Bellevue School, firstly you will need to gather fruit/vegetable scraps and, put them into your classes compost bucket. After that, take your bucket up to the Terrace Garden, open the compost lid and put your food scraps in.

What you cannot compost

-       Plastic

-       Steel

-       Ashes

-       Lime

-       Meat

-       Bones

-       Toxic Material

Composting is a nice, easy way to get rid of rubbish and keep Bellevue beautiful.

By Madi and Holly

Up date 4 (10/8/12)



The vegetable patches were bursting with lettuce, spinach and sliverbeet, so we decided it was harvest time!





Up date 3 (8/8/12)

Wow what a busy time the Gardening Club have been having! We planted our new herb garden, put in 2 new vegetable beds, received our amazing 'start up gifts' from Mitre 10 Mega, and had a seat made for the garden.

As it has been raining so much our herb team had to plant up in the shed, before transferring to the Terrace Garden. We had to take into account our lack of space, ever growing vegetable plots, and think outside the square. We had a vertical wall that is not in use, so Mrs Church bought 6 buckets for the different herbs and we planted them up. Then we placed the buckets at the top of the wall. This  gave us heaps of extra space, and something nice to look at in an otherwise unusable space.

Also, one of our  wonderful mums planted up rosemary to cascade down the wall. The herb team put bark chips around the base of the rosemary to help stop the weeds, and to act as a mulch. This will help the moisture stay in the ground.                         



Thanks Mitre 10 Mega Petone, for all the wonderful gifts you donated to help with our gardening.

Well done to Room 11 who successfully measured up and ordered a seat for the vegetable garden (with help from Mrs Church). Matt from Panda Farms, did a great job. Now when the weather is fine, we will have somewhere to sit!



 The boys planted up our new beans and peas with a teepee - great vertical planting!


Up date 2 (30/7/12)

Our plans are now finalised! Thank you to the wonderful children who helped plan :)

      Room11 measured up for our new seat...

Up date one (23/7/12)

The orchard is in!  We spent most of Friday afternoon digging, planting and mulching our new edible garden. It has two plum, two feijao and three apple trees. Yum!

reduce, reuse, recycle  -our mulch has been created when our pine trees were recently removed and we have reused old car tyres to protect the fruit trees from the lawn mower


Thank you Wellington City Council for your kind grant that enabled us to create our new orchard.
Welcome to the challenge! Today we started planning our ideas to build onto our existing vegetable garden. We will be putting in 3 new vegetable plots, a herb garden, and an orchard. We also planned a new seating area and how we could attract more bees and butterflies to help pollinate our  plants. 

                                          Planning session one.
           Area where the new seat will go - hopefully!

       Our current vegetable patch - The Terrace Garden __________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                   


This year Bellevue School Gardening Club -Beautiful Bellevue - will be entering the Tui School Garden Challenge.