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Kids’ Patch


Is the garden your happy place? Do you like to go out there to play, explore, look at the flowers, pick some vegies, get your hands dirty? We love seeing Pip kids having fun in the garden and enjoying nature’s bounty.

Our Kids’ Patch winners for issue 11 are sisters Fleur and Arabella from Swan View in WA. Congratulations! You’ve won a Kid’s Garden Trowel and Fork set from Ryset.

Next issue we’re giving away a copy of The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of his Business. To be in the running, parents can email a photo through to along with your child’s name, age and suburb.



Name: Rueben and Lucia

Age: 6

Location of garden:

Our farm Daisy Dell is in Bowral.

Describe your garden:

We live on an acre of land and have bees, goats, ducks and chickens. It is so beautiful and peaceful, full of colour and wildlife.

What do you grow?

We grow tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, corn, radish, carrots, beetroot, potatoes, Warrigal greens, eggplants, capsicums, artichokes, zapallitos, watermelon, rockmelon, pumpkins, broad beans, rhubarb, spinach, lettuce, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and lots of herbs.

What is your favourite thing to grow?

Our favourite things to grow and eat are tomatoes, blueberries, peas and raspberries as they can be eaten straight away.

Why do you love gardening?

We love helping Mum plant seeds and water the garden. We also love collecting the chook and duck eggs and getting dirty and being outside most of the day. Our older brother Tiago sells the surplus at the top of our driveway and he gets to keep the money.


Words and photos by Costa Georgiadis (aka the Garden Gnome)


Birthday parties are special. They are where some of our first memories are formed. Where your dreams and ideas are the focus. Here is the opportunity to really push the boundaries and have a totally different gathering, without having to leave your own home or garden.

I’d like to share with you seven of my favourite activity ideas for your next party:

  1. Get messy with mud art. All that’s needed is an easel to attach paper to, and a bucketful of perfectly prepared garden soil/mud (not too wet and not too dry—have a test run ahead of time). Once mixed, take small handfuls and throw the mud at the easel. Slowly watch as your mud-sterpiece takes shape. Perhaps put a limit of 10 throws from an agreed distance so that the creative expression is not buried in a thick slop!
  2. Make seed bombs. When you have your nice mud mix, keep some a little drier so you can use it for seed bombs. Add a mix of seeds into the mud and roll them into balls. Allow them to dry and at the end of the party, they can be taken home as a fun planting project.
  3. Banksia cones make the best bodies to build characters on. Before the party, do a scout around the neighbourhood and collect a bucketful of banksia cones in different sizes and stages to cater for different creative eyes. Then you can get some pipe cleaners and eyes from the craft shop. Think of what other materials can make body parts and see what you can find outside: big Norfolk pine needles, river rocks, stones, leaves? Let your imagination run wild.
  4. Create your very own vegetable critters. Potatoes, zucchinis, carrots and beetroots can all make up the body of your critter. Have a think about what you can collect to make the other body parts—a passionfruit top would be a great head! Make clothes for your critter with what you can find (maybe some wool offcuts, bamboo skewers, pins or buttons)?
  5. Build a cubby house. Collect branches and dead leaves in advance and build a cubby using these found materials. You can get an adult to do a basic outline of the set up and then you can join the dots. A simple activity but lots of fun.
  6. Building a scarecrow is an oldie but certainly a goodie. Build a simple frame and dress up your scarecrow. Collect some of pop’s old clothes to use (best to ask first) or visit an op shop before the party to create a dressup box.
  7. Gnome hats are an easy painting project. Make a cone hat for the party guests. During the party they can then customise their hats by painting a story or theme onto them. When the hats have dried, a hat parade could take place later in the party, with lots of music and dance. Where does this fun end?!


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