Summer break is almost here! As you countdown the days to warm weather, summer vacations, and no homework, remember that your Teaching Garden still needs help to grow healthy and strong. To help keep your crop on track, we’ve created this summer garden check list! Following these easy steps now will help insure a healthy, tasty crop when your kiddos return to the classroom.
- Find your Garden Guardians
Keep your garden healthy and strong during summer break by asking students, parents, or community members to watch over your crop while school is out. Having teams sign up for 1 week of garden maintenance will save you lots of time (and headaches) once school is back in session.
- Weed now, not later
Be Proactive! Discourage weeds from sprouting over the summer by getting rid of them now. Host a weeding party before the school year ends to help keep the weed count to a minimum.
Add an extra layer of mulch to the garden to help your plants retain water while keeping pests at bay.
Consider installing an automatic drip irrigation system to keep your crop hydrated while being water efficient! It saves time and will put your mind at rest knowing that your plants are getting the water they need during the hot summer months. Ask your local gardening center what they recommend for your region. Equipment for a small school garden can cost less than $100!
- Photos & Video
Document your garden’s progress. Be sure to use the flip camera provided with your Teaching Garden to take pictures and video of your students in action.
- Share with us!
Share your garden’s progress with us on social media! Love Instagram? Take a pic and tag @American_Heart with #TeachingGardens. Tweet us using @teachinggardens. Or share your progress on our Facebook page! We love to share your photos and stories so join our online community today!
- Teaching Garden Journal
Make sure you’re using your garden journal! Keep students engaged with the garden over summer by asking them to journal about its progress. The journal makes a great summer writing assignment, and will keep the kids’ veggie enthusiasm high!
- Survey Time!
We want to see your growth, but we need data measure it.
For schools new to the Teaching Gardens program, make sure that you have filled out and submitted your Pre-Survey. Gardens in their second cycle after completing a harvest should have completed the Post Survey.
Happy summer Teaching Gardeners! We can’t wait to see you grow!