Having a garden in your school can be a blessing, yet other times it can feel overwhelming, and leave you exhausted with little energy to continue teaching your students. In order to avoid loosing motivation in the garden, here are 4 tips and activities that are guaranteed to make your gardening experience simpler and more enjoyable:
1. Have a pest problem?
Snails and slugs are some of the most common pests that occur in school gardens. Catch these slimy critters by laying empty milk cartons on their sides in the shade and disposing of the snails and slugs that collect there every morning.
2. Egg-citing Start!
Cardboard egg cartons can be recycled into perfect seed starting flats. When it’s time to plant, separate the sections with a sharp knife, and tuck each one into the soil. The cardboard will decompose as the seedlings grow.
3. You Say Potato…
Want to plant potatoes in your garden and also have a great project for kids? Ask each student to bring in one raw potato from home. Have students write their names on their potato and put them in egg cartons in our classroom. Check back on your potatoes, and note when each starts sprouting (sprout inhibitors are sprayed on non-organic potatoes, so it could take longer for some). Plant the sprouted potatoes big side up and you’ll have a big potato crop in no time!
4. Yellow means Caution
Yellow leaves and bright green veins may be a warning that you’re overwatering. Soggy soils slow or stop the release of iron to plants. Remember to water only when the soil is dry, and use a fork to gently (without harming the roots) aerate the soil.
*To find more tips and tricks like these, check out their source; Trowel & Error by Sharon Lovejoy