GROWING CONCERN: Taliesin Carmichael and Ruby Davies play in the Leichhardt/One Mile Community Garden.
GROWING CONCERN: Taliesin Carmichael and Ruby Davies play in the Leichhardt/One Mile Community Garden. David Nielsen

Tiny tots grow for it!

YOUNG horticulturist Taliesin Carmichael proudly points out the product of her week-long harvest - a few pea shoots that have begun to sprout.

It's certainly no prize-winning crop but for the three-year-old, who helped plant and water the seeds last week, it's an exciting moment.

Her weekly visits to the Ipswich Kitchen Garden in Leichhardt are filled with many exciting moments, from watching plants grow to finding worms in the soil.

The tiny gardener is one of an increasing number of local youngsters relishing a newly formed Kitchen Garden Playgroup.

Co-ordinator of the group, Belinda Davies, said the garden had presented the perfect outdoor environment for children to explore and learn through play.

Mrs Davies said she used to run a playgroup at Northy Street City Farm in Brisbane and had been keen to set up something similar when she moved to Ipswich.

The Newtown mother said when she heard about the Ipswich Kitchen Garden, she immediately approached the people who operated it to set something up.

The 25sq m garden space has long offered residents an opportunity to learn to grow their own vegetables and integrate food into their gardens and lives.

"We try and plant things that grow quickly so that the children don't have to wait long to see the sprouts from the seeds," Mrs Davies said.

The Kitchen Garden Playgroup meets each Wednesday morning. Cost is free, however parents are asked to bring a plate of healthy food to share for morning tea.

For more information, phone Belinda on 0439 780 644 or email attachmentparentingipswich@gmail.com.



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