When planning a garden defiantly implement permaculture practices into your school garden.
- Make the most use out of spaces by planting vertically and horizontally.
- Use raised beds and drip irrigation to conserve soil, and save water.
- See what materials you have on hand before buying new ones.
- Plant plants that are perennial and don’t need re-planting year after year. Asparagus, green onions and grapes are good examples.
- Have a space for students to gather before and after activities
- Include storage of tools in your plans
- Grow flowers to attract beneficial insects as well as make things pretty
- Herbs like rosemary and lavender can be used in cooking as well
- Plant plants that allow for picking and eating: sweet peas, basil, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, beets
- Do not plant anything that can be harmful (I’ve seen hot peppers go terribly wrong)
- Find out what the students would like to plant and plan accordingly. We have staff that plant the ingredients for brushetta, or for salsa, or for pizza (minus the cheese of course)
- Make sure that the plants harvest time is also a time when school will be in session. Its no good if you can harvest the crop in June and no one is there
- Plant items that are new to the kids so they can learn new things. Fava beans are a fantastic food to sample
- Plant familiar items so that they can see what broccoli or artichokes actually look like. Strawberries of course, are popular as well.
- Make harvesting, drying, and storing (seeds or food) part of the process. There’s always those students that love to spend their activity time shelling beans, shucking the corn, or harvesting sunflower seeds. After storing these seeds you can use them for next years planting.
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