Spring plantings, beetroots and bothersome birds

Date posted: 17 August 2017

School Term 3 is underway and spring is just around the corner – which means it’s business as usual in the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden!

Goodbye winter, hello spring

Our horticulture and nursery team have been busy in anticipation of spring’s warmer weather.

Planning and propagating for our spring/summer crops is in full swing, and some new funky additions that’ll find their way into the Garden include Thai eggplant 'Kermit', chilli 'Razzamatazz', rocket 'Rocketman', pumpkin 'Red warty thing' and carrot 'Cosmic purple' – far out, man! What will you be adding to your garden this spring?

You can’t beet it!

Kids participating in the Little Sprouts Learning Program have been learning all about the wonders of beetroot lately.

Our multi-coloured plants have been harvested with the children’s help and they’ve been paid accordingly with delicious beetroot smoothies (125g cooked beetroot, 125g mixed berries, 1 banana and 1 cup of milk – all blended together = YUM).

Beetroot is amazingly healthy. It’s high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fibre and essential minerals such as potassium (which is essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (good for your bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas).

Beetroot also contains B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

Simply the pest

We’ve had some issues this season with pesky Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and ducks taking a liking to our delicious plants.

Garden curator Pip has reported the naughty birds nibbling on our garlic, leeks, bellis flowers and even Brussels sprout.

So if you encounter any birds in the Garden with bad breath, you know what they’ve been up to!

Pip’s been installing some new nets, which we’re hoping will keep the bothersome birds at bay. If you’re in the Garden and see some feathered friends just remember not to feed them – there is a plentiful supply of natural food sources in the Garden, and feeding them artificial food sources can be harmful to the birds. Read more about this on our Wildlife page.

That’s all from us for this month, Little Sprouts – see you in spring!