Tuesday, May 19, 2015


It is hard to believe that Memorial Day is finally upon us, the soil is warming up and trees have leafed out. Gardens are ready to be planted...time to get your hands dirty!
It is easier at this time of year to really start looking at potential locations for the school garden now that the ground is bare and the sun is higher in the sky. Whether your location is more urban where there is limited space or one that has acres of open space, you will need to find the right site for your garden. If the only space available is on asphalt, you can use containers or raised beds right on top. If space allows, you can plant directly in the ground or in raised beds. When figuring out where the garden should be located considers these key factors:

  • Look for a level area that receives at least 6 hours of full sun a day. Stay away from trees and shrubs that could shade the garden
  • A water source should be nearby
  • Location should be visible, accessible for delivery of materials and close to the building
  • If planting in the ground have the soil tested for overall quality and composition as well as contaminates such as lead
  • Check that there are no conflicts with utilities, wells, septic systems or in ground tanks
  • Space for composting
  • Potential need for fencing to define and protect space
  • Area for shed or nearby storage for tools and supplies
Take a walk around the grounds with an aerial view of your site. Keep these key factors in mind and make notes of potential locations. There will be a location that rises to the top of the list. No matter what kind of situation you have: urban, rural, large or small there is a way you can make a garden that will expose children to the wonder and beauty of growing things and connect them to the natural world. The longest journey begins with the first step so…take that step!


Gardens to Grow In

Edible Schoolyard Project

National Gardening Association/Kids Gardening

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