Central Leader : March 4th 2011
4 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 4, 2011 NEWS Auckland Landscape Supplies stocks Living Earth products - because not all Composts are created equal! PUMPKIN FUN DAY at Hillsborough Primary School from 1pm - 3pm on Sunday 6th March. All are welcome to come and have a look at what our local kids have been growing. Water slides, sausage sizzle, lolly leis, candy floss, spot prizes. Your local Children's Day Event www.aucklandlandscape.co.nz 0508 TO LANDSCAPE (0508 865 263) 88a Merton Rd St Johns Phone 521 3412 337 Lincoln Rd Henderson Phone 838 6654 - We Cover Auckland - Proud Organisers of the Giant Atlantic Pumpkin Growing Competition Mention this ad when you order any Living Earth bulk product during March from ALS and we'll throw in a FREE! bag of Living Earth More than Mulch. Giants of the vegetable garden Prodigious pumpkin: Kees, 5, Mike, Riaan, 3, Bridget and Mia Bryant, 5, try to lift their giant Atlantic pumpkin. Photo: KELSEY FLETCHER By KELSEY FLETCHER Some families grow pumpkins to go with their meat and two veggies, while others make pumpkin pie. But owners of Auckland Land- scape Supplies, Mike and Bridget Bryant of Hillsborough, grew their giant Atlantic pumpkins for a differ- ent reason. Mr and Mrs Bryant decided they wanted to do something interesting at their Auckland Home Show stand last year, so they bought a bulk bucket of giant Atlantic pump- kin seeds, noodle boxes and potting mix. Mr Bryant says he set up his stand so when families came past children could pot a pumpkin seed into a noodle box and take it home with them to grow. The Bryants set up a registry on their website where the families could sign up and receive regular updates on what to do with their pumpkins as they grew. But as they looked at their three young children and then at a half- full bucket of pumpkin seeds, they had an idea -- they would go to the schools too. Hillsborough and Three Kings primary schools were keen on the idea with teachers taking part too. We decided to go to the schools because friends were interested in the idea of growing giant pumpkins once word got out,'' Mr Bryant says. It's also our community and it's important to us.'' The Bryants were shocked to see one of their children's friend's reac- tion to a carrot they had pulled out from the vegetable garden. If you ask kids where carrots come from they'll say Pak'nSave, so out of this they'll realise that veg- gies don't just come from the supermarkets, they are grown from the earth,'' Mr Bryant says. Now almost four months down the track it's judgement day this Sunday for the pumpkins, with some reaching the size of large bea- chballs and weighing 40kg. Mr Bryant says there are a couple of options for the pumpkins after Sunday. We've told parents if they don't want to take their pumpkins back home for pumpkin pies or jack-o- lanterns, they can leave them with us and we will drop them off at the zoo so they can be used in the Ani- mal Behaviour Enrichment Pro- gramme,'' Mr Bryant says. Three Kings Primary School prin- cipal Jo Willmoth says the compe- tition has been great for the school and fits in well with the environ- mental sustainability curriculum. The children really embraced the competition. It's showing them how to grow plants and care for them which makes them aware,'' she says. The judging gala will be held at Hillsborough Primary School on Sunday from 1pm to 3pm on the school field. There will be three prizes for the children who grew the biggest pumpkin from the two schools and the Home Show along with plenty of spot prizes to give away on the day. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the afternoon.
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