Thank you to everyone who braved the Mid-March snow and came to our Spring Planning and Planting Workshop! We hope you enjoyed eating spring salads with your custom dressing blend and letting out your inner child to play garden-themed games you can also use with your classes! During this workshop, we covered a lot of information regarding your Spring Garden, perhaps too much to process all at once. For that reason, we created a collection of Spring Planting Resources that cover everything you need to know! Below you will find informational videos, activities to do with students, and documents to help you plan for taking care of and utilizing your Learning Garden! If you have any questions, please reach out to your Garden Educator!
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Prepping your beds for spring:
- Topping off with new soil:
- Provided by Big Green generally once every 1-2 years as needed.
- Soil will most likely come in bags like on your original KO Day.
- To integrate into a Spring Planting, determine how much bed prep is needed.
- Straw mulch and rooted or large plant debris should be removed first. Determine how you want to dispose of this in advance: e.g. Compost or trash.
- Small amounts of debris can be turned into the soil. Leaf mulch can be turned into the soil.
- This could be the work of one full 25-minute class.
- Adding Soil:
- Soil will be added by one full 25-minute class. This may be the first or second class out in the garden for the planting day.
- The soil is added in the same fashion as a Kick-Off Day.
- Leave garlic planted. (Garlic scapes will be harvested in May and garlic heads will be pulled from the ground upon returning from summer break.)
- Pull back the mulch from the emerging garlic shoot.
- If you do not see the garlic emerging, pull back the mulch to the sides of the bed until shoots are 1-2 inches tall. Then spread the mulch back around the shoots, careful not to cover them.
- Keeping the garlic mulched will help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and protect the soil from drenching spring rains. You will need to be more careful not to overwater your garlic. Soggy mulch may promote disease problems.
- If you notice animals making the garlic bed their home, remove the mulch and they will go away.
- You cannot turn mulch in while the garlic is planted.
Planting in your Learning Garden:
- Videos: These short videos are a great tool to review how to plant the different crops in your spring garden. You can also show your students to include them in Learning Garden Spring planning.
- Planting Lettuce Seedlings
- Planting Spinach and Radish Seeds with your Class
- Planting peas for Pea Shoots with your Class
- Planting Lettuce Seeds with your Class
- Three Tips for Planting Seeds with your Class
- Assessing Spring Garden Growth Across 46 days
- Amending Soil with Compost (This video shows how to turn in plant debris and compost, same as you would an inch or so of mulch.)
- Watering with a Hose and Spray Nozzle Video
- Setting up and Using your Drip Irrigation System (IIS)
- Activities: Take a look at these fun activities to do with students before and during the planting day!
- Planting Documents: Make sure you are ready for you planting day by reviewing our Spring Planting Documents.
- Watering: Once your Spring Garden has been planted it will need to be watered! Start reviewing how to water and creating a schedule now!
Eating from your Learning Garden: Salad dressing is easy to make and more affordable than store-bought. Let your students experiment by mixing herbs from the Learning Garden with ingredients like olive oil, apple cider vinegar, tahini, yogurt, citrus juice, honey, and soy sauce. We also have easy to follow recipes for you to share with your students.
Teaching in your Learning Garden: Remember to take a look at our new resources designed to help teachers feel more comfortable taking their students out to the Learning Garden.