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Escola José Leite de Souza in Monteiro, Brazil School Garden
It's Spring and a great time to initiate the school garden. Perhaps it will be a community garden where the food or flowers grown will be given to seniors or sold to raise money for the school.
Whatever the mission of your school garden, teaching kids to grow is a lesson they will carry with them throughout their lives. Why not add to that lesson and make it greener! That means using natural materials as well as recycled materials. At the same time, encourage students to be resourceful, by challenging them to think of ways they can repurpose items to use in the garden.
Use one or all of these ideas to promote greener thinking in the school garden.
Start with a compost pile to provide healthy soil
Start seedlings in recycled containers, such as yogurt cups with covers
Collect rain water and other water sources in containers or rain barrels
Use large soda or milk bottles for irrigation
Use soda bottles or other containers to make upside down planters
Make home made natural fertilizers
Encourage learning about growing techniques such as organic gardening or hydrophonics
Encourage local suppliers of green garden supplies to get involved and sponsor supplies for the garden
Get senior citizens involved, many often know about gardening from experience. Young and old working together will be a lesson in itself!
Decorate the garden with recycled crafts such as bottle cap wind chimes (these projects are great for younger school children, too!)
Other Simple Growing Tips:.
Use packing peanuts for drainage (instead of stones)
Cover the roots with toilet paper rolls (cut in half) When you plant seedlings in the garden-to keep insects away
Cover the roots with paper cups (cut out the bottom) When you plant seedlings in the garden- to keep insects away
Keep a tuna can in the garden to measure weekly watering--it should be 1 inch