Garden Activities (Spring 3)
As last week – prepare soil – apply fertility material – divide areas into beds – cover soil to warm it up – plan crops and crop rotation. Reminder – do not walk on wet soil.
Prepare the school garden for sowing and planting for the coming season.
- Spades, forks, rakes for working the soil
- Horticultural fleece and/or clear plastic
(This will be weather dependent. Don’t tread on wet soil.)
- If soil is workable, start to prepare for the coming season. If the soil is wet, just stick to planning for the time being.
- Mark out a system of beds. It makes organisation easier. Pupils can work from paths running round the beds. Optimum bed size – 1.2m wide by 3m long.
- Cover bare soil with a layer of garden compost or green waste compost, or leafmould.
- Dig this in if possible, but where digging is a problem due to heavy soil, or lack of suitable diggers, just spread the organic material on the surface. Worms and other useful creatures will do the rest.
- Cover part of the area with plastic, or horticultural fleece. This will warm the soil up and help early seeds and plants get a good start. Weigh down the edges of the covering very well, so that winter winds don’t blow everything away. An easy method is to bury the edges in the ground, using the garden soil to hold it all in place.
- Plan what you’d like to grow.
- Get your crop rotation planned.
- Continue to care for germinating seedlings.
- Don’t overwater. Keep the tender plants out of draughts
- Watch for little green shoots so that you can remove the plastic covering, and install the light reflecting backing.