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Kids’ Patch

Our Kids’ Patch winners for issue 15 are Ruby and Rory. Congratulations! You’ve both won a copy of Easy Peasy Gardening for Kids.

In the next issue, we are giving away a copy of Grow Do It, the CD and activity book by the Formidable Vegetable Sound System with songs about growing food, reducing plastic and loving the planet. To be in the running, parents can email a photo through to along with your child’s name, age and suburb.



Names: Samuel Johnstone, Rory Deighton and Braedly Armstrong

Ages: 12 School: St Patrick’s Primary School, Bega.

Describe your garden: It’s very sustainable and eco-friendly. It’s green and tasty. We’ve got a beautiful garden with a cubby and mud hut for the little kids to play in. We have a worm farm and we use the runoff liquid (worm juice) to water the garden. We have a vegie patch. We have a boat we grow vegies in. This area used to be just an empty patch of ground under the trees and in a couple of years we have transformed it to what it is today.

What you do in the garden: We are part of the green team. We water every day at the moment because the ground is so dry. We build things and plant and we’re also teaching the younger kids, so that when we leave primary school, they can take over. The kids in kindy and grades one and two love it, they love planting stuff and getting in the dirt.

What do you grow: Potatoes, carrots, peas, snow peas, beetroot, strawberries, lettuce, broccoli and banana trees.

What’s your favourite thing to do in the garden: We like excavating and sawing wood and building things. We love planting, weeding, watering and making the school better and eco-friendly. We made a hut out of mud and things from the tip.

Why did you get involved in the garden: To gain life skills and learn new things.


Words and photos by Yemaya Oates

  1. Find a feather. It can be a feather from a chicken or other bird, but make sure it’s big enough to hold comfortably in your hand for writing.
  2. Using a pair of scissors or a knife, cut the end of the feather so it makes a point (see picture for where to cut).
  3. Then cut a small line upwards towards the feather part. This helps the ink stay on the pen.
  4. You can pluck or pick off some of the lower fluffy, feathery pieces, so you have room for your hand to hold the feather like a pen.
  5. You may like to decorate your feather. You can paint on it with acrylic or other paints and, while wet, you could stick on glitter or other decorations.
  6. Make some homemade ink using blackberries or other dark berries. Mash berries in a mortar and pestle, then strain through a sieve.
  7. Dip your feather pen into the berry ink and write away!


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