See how their garden grows


Katy Facer, of Helena Valley, with her children Cameron (3) and Emily (4)  and a giant pumpkin.
Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d450817
Katy Facer, of Helena Valley, with her children Cameron (3) and Emily (4) and a giant pumpkin. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d450817

Mum Katy Facer said her happy gardeners brought a smile to her face every morning as they hopped out of bed and ran to the garden to water their favourite herbs and vegetables in the backyard.

Ms Facer said her daughter’s pre-primary class at Carmel Adventist College started school with seeds and a packet of osmocote.

“They spend a lot of time outside at school and Emily wanted to grow more seedlings at home,” she said.

So far Emily and Cameron have grown celery, basil, carrots, snow peas and sugar snap peas, and also summer flower annuals.

While their pumpkins have been the big-gest success story, Ms Facer said the children’s seedlings were a very fast-growing variety.

“The children planted the pumpkins in November,” she said.

“The other seedlings were put in in January which was very hot, but I’m surprised how well they have grown since then.”

Students at Carmel Adventist College also have cooking classes with things they have grown in the garden.

“The school promotes healthy eating, which is wonderful,” Ms Facer said.