Darfield’s Rubie Leech is a bit of a broccoli head when it comes to gardening

Young gardener weeds out the competition

by Kent Caddick

Darfield youngster, Rubie Leech, has won the West Coast and Canterbury Budding Young Gardener title as part of the inaugural Yates Budding Young Gardener competition.

The eight-year-old caught the judges’ attention with her great enthusiasm and humour displayed in her video entry.

Rubie started gardening from a young age, with the help of mum, Kylie and has developed an unusual liking for broccoli.

“I love growing broccoli because it is my most favourite food in the world. I have it every night for dinner,” Rubie said.

“Potatoes are also fun to grow because it’s like going on a treasure hunt when you dig them up. You just never know how many you will get and how big they will be.”

Rubie also sees gardening as special time spent with her family.

“While I’m not particularly fond of weeding it does give us lots of time to talk. The best part of all is watching all the plants grow and then getting to eat them all, particularly strawberries.”

Rubie has won a huge Yates hamper worth more than $300 and is lining up alongside seven other regional winners for the grand prize of a trip to Australia, becoming a Yates Ambassador for a year and spending time in her garden with a Yates horticulturist.

The grand winner is decided by public vote, and Rubie is hoping all of West Coast and Canterbury will get behind her. Visit a.cstmapp.com/p/27268 and vote before October 5.

Fiona Arthur from Yates said the Budding Young Gardener competition aims to celebrate a love of gardening and encourage children of all levels of capability to further develop their passion.

“There have been so many excellent entries this year it put our judges, Ruud Kleinpaste and Sarah O’Neil under pressure to just pick one regional winner.The grand winner will be announced during National Gardening Week, which runs from October 15 to 22.