Starting a school garden may feel a bit overwhelming. Where do you start? The resources below are helpful for answering general gardening questions.
- Planting the Vegetable Garden: Helpful guide for soil preparation and testing. Good information on cool and warm season crops, when to plant outside, starting seeds inside, and transplanting. A Garden-in-a-Box Participant recommends this as, “A really good, well-researched resource with lots of information for growing every type of veggie.”
- Resources for Building a School Garden: This resource covers everything from planning and maintaining your garden to addressing gardening fears. There are also great educational links on pollinators, soils, and other related subjects.
- Got Dirt?: A garden toolkit for implementing a youth garden. Covers all the basic steps of gardening and includes examples and resources.
- Life Lab: School Garden Resources: A good resource for getting started. Covers the importance of school gardens, helpful resources, and garden care. Additional nutritional curriculum available for purchase.
- Gardening Delights for All From North Dakota State, Garden Delights for All has comprehensive info for northern climates and good pictures. A SNAP Educator that uses Garden-in-a-Box with their participants says, “It looks like a kids curriculum, but is definitely for adults”.
- Minnesota 4-H has quality, hands-on, experiential learning based curriculum that pairs nicely with Garden-in-a-Box activities.
- We also put together a playlist of Youtube videos specifically for our Garden-in-a-Box Program. Featured videos cover germination, photosynthesis and parts of a plant.