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No-Brainer Garden Plan



Garden notebook

Grid paper | Ruler | Pencil and eraser

Plastic pockets to store seed packets



            After you've prepared your garden space, selected the plants you want to grow, and formed a pretty good idea of what you want to put where, you still should get it down on paper.


            It's amazing how quickly we forget, if we don't keep a record.


            It will really help you next year as you discard the boo-boo's and double the amount of plants you want to grow for the big performers.


            Encourage your students to each start a garden notebook. A simple three-ring binder will do. When you give the students handouts about gardening, or grid paper for planning, three-hole punch it in advance so that they can easily slip the pages into their notebooks.


It might be a good idea for each student in a kids' garden group to draw the garden plan so that each one has a record. Later in the growing season, you'll want to take a photo and compare it to the original plan.


If it's overwhelming to you to plan out a garden and balance all the plants' needs, height, breadth, and other factors, here's a simple solution. This website has easy-to-follow plans for several different kinds of gardens, including a really fun kids' vegetable garden. Check it out:


By Susan Darst Williams • • Planning 16 © 2010




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