Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Australia's Growing Gardens

Last week 2KM loved reading about Americans who grow their own fruit and veggies!

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Eating healthy begins with making healthy food choices.

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Here are some students from 2KM who are growing fruit or vegetables at home.


Tom and his family grow zucchinis, capsicums, squash and tomatoes.

They also have some chickens which lay eggs. Tom likes eating boiled eggs. Eggs are a healthy source of protein!

Here are some pictures of Tom in his backyard. What a great veggie patch!



This is a letter from Bianca to Miss McGeady...

"Dear Miss McGeady, This is a picture of our tree. It is ten years old. It's a blood plum and white peach tree fruit tree. To grow a tree like this you need a blood plum seed and white peach seed and graft them together. Then you have your fruit and this is what it looks like and it tastes yummy!"

Miss McGeady tried one of these fruits and she agreed. It was delicious!

*** Email Miss McGeady if you have any more photos or information to add to this post! ***


  1. Dear Tom,

    Is it fun growing zucchinis, capsicum, tomatoes and squash? Also is it fun having chickens?
    Are boiled eggs yummy?
    Do you like playing with your chickens [because it looks like fun!]
    Your vegie patch looks very helthy.
    Do you grow any other fruit or vegies?
    Maybe you could bring some of your fruits or vegies to school one day?

    Hope you have fun growing your yummy fruits and vegies!

    Your friend,
    Sophie [from your grade]

  2. Dear Tom,

    I think it is really cool that you have a garden. Those foods that you grow look pretty good, and I am going to try them someday. Are there a lot of chickens in Australia?


  3. Dear Tom,

    Wow! What an impressive garden you have! You grow zucchinis, capsicums, squash and tomatoes which are yummy to eat. Do you have any problems with animals coming and eating your vegetables?

    Great job!
    Mrs. Yollis

  4. Dear Bianca,

    Thanks so much for sharing about your tree. No one in my class had heard that you could graft a blood plum seed and white peach seed together. In fact, they had never heard the word graft before! Thanks for sharing about your wonderful fruit tree!

    Mrs. Yollis

  5. Dear Nick and Mrs Yollis,
    Thank you for both of your questions. We do not have any problems with animals coming and eating our vegies, that is why the fence is up to mainly stop our dogs. Yes Nick there are lots of chickens in Australia. There are large chicken farms around which provide us with meat and eggs.
    Your friend
    Tom [2KM]

  6. Dear Sophie,
    Yes we have some fruit trees, we have a peach, apricot, fig, apple and banana tree which is only young, ( our dogs got to the banana tree and took off the head and now it is regrowing!)
    We might bring some vegies to school, that's a great idea Sophie.
    Your friend Tom.

  7. Dear Tom,

    Your dogs sound like they have a lot of energy. In addition, they sound like they are vegetarians...very unusual!

    Even though we live in a suburb, we still have a few wild animals that come out at night to nibble on vegetables. Some of the animals that I've seen are: rabbits, deer, raccoons, and skunks. During the day, the squirrels are a real nuisance. They climb up into our trees (orange and plum) and take the fruit off the trees. What is especially maddening is they only take one bite and then more on to the next fruit! Such waste!

    Thanks for sharing about your garden!

    Mrs. Yollis

    P.S. What kind of dogs do you have and what are their names?

  8. Dear Bianca,

    I like your post about your blood plum and white peach tree!
    Are blood plums and white peachs nice?
    How long does it take them to grow?
    They certainly look yummy!!!

    Your blogging buddy,