Chemicals are toxic and abound everywhere. People apply pesticides and herbicides often without thinking about the consequences. The purpose of your organic edible schoolyard garden is to connect students with both nature and their food supply. It is also a place for thoughtful contemplation for the students. Commit to using natural means to control pests.
Most insects in your garden are beneficial, so you want to isolate the unwanted… Continue reading
Looking for some extra money to finance your schoolyard garden project? Try to unearth a grant to pay for your expenses.
Begin your search at KidsGardening.org or the National Gardening Association. Both maintain a database of current grants available for schoolyard garden projects.
There is also your local farm bureau. A… Continue reading
In nature, many plants have synergistic relationships. Our ancestors saw this and practiced companion planting in ancient times. Native Americans engaged in companion planting by organizing the crops of maize, squash and beans close together and called them the Three Sisters .
Some plants exude chemicals from their roots or aerial parts that repel pests and protect their neighbors. Others attract pests and are used to distract… Continue reading
Gardens can be planted year-round in Florida, but fall is the preferred seed-planting season. Below is a planting guide published by the University of Florida/IFAS with recommendations for vegetable planting by month.
Many factors influence the productivity of a garden -including; soil quality, water, drainage, amount of available sunlight, nutrients and integrated pest management. We’ll explore some of these in later posts. Happy Planting!