Now the digging's done

Last updated 15:00 24/12/2012

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Cousins work to grow potatoes

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After a week of digging and selling potatoes, eight Marlborough children are looking forward to a well-earned rest on Christmas Day.

Graeme "Poppa" Gane, of Rapaura lent his eight grandchildren a 0.4-hectare patch of paddock where they could grow potatoes to earn money this summer.

Mr Gane's daughter Mel Morris said today the children dug their last potatoes yesterday and had just 50 bags to sell, after starting the job on Monday last week.  Aged from 5 to 14, they took turns digging three rows then sitting at the gate stall in Selmes Rd, Rapaura.

''Between orders and gate-sales, we have been very busy.''

Among the customers were grandparents who brought their grandchildren so they could dig a potato or two to learn that they came from the ground.

Next year, the ground would have to be rotated out of potatoes, Mrs Morris said.  After feedback from people wondering whether they grew pick-your-own peas, the children were considering planting peas in the paddock next season.

Meanwhile, Mr Gane was looking for another spud patch where his grandchildren could repeat their lesson on value of hard work, she said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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