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School garden development

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  • 1. Hands-on Teachers Training Activities toward Global Warming and Hands- Climate Change, using Digital Learning Resources and Learning Repositories Summer School, July 5-10, 2009 Rethymnon Crete 5- An organic school garden … coming into being Nektarios Tsagliotis Teacher-Researcher, Science Laboratory for Primary Education, at the 9th Primary School of Rethymno & University of Crete (ntsag@edc.uoc.gr) Global Warming and Climate Change Summer School Presentation
  • 2. An organic school garden … coming into being Nektarios Tsagliotis Teacher-Researcher, 9th Primary School of Rethymno & University of Crete (ntsag@edc.uoc.gr)
  • 3. An initial school garden plan (2007)
  • 4. An improved school garden plan (2008) Wooden raised beds Built raised beds Compost chambers Pond Main entrance Area: ~ 210 m2 Greenhouse Raised level garden
  • 5. This is how the place looked like in the beginning … not very promising … August 2006 ...
  • 6. First things first … building a fence and basic infrastructure with rain water drainage facilities (a)
  • 7. First things first … building a fence and basic infrastructure with rain water drainage facilities (b)
  • 8. Putting up the fence net …
  • 9. Building up raised beds outside the fence for climbing plants … struggling with lots of soil all over the place
  • 10. Building up the main corridor … a pathway to the garden … measuring and arranging the base of the raised beds to be built
  • 11. The first raised beds are being built …
  • 12. Some soil is put inside the raised beds … and the watering pipes in between the gravel corridors are established
  • 13. Time for action …!!! Planting the climbing plants on the garden fence with grade 6 children
  • 14. More soil to be put inside the raised beds … come on, stand in the row and help … (a)
  • 15. More soil to be put inside the raised beds … come on, stand in the row and help … (b)
  • 16. Planting some vegetables … in May 2007 … our first attempt to grow plants in the raised beds
  • 17. Experimenting with a greenhouse model out of a cardboard box …
  • 18. Constructing greenhouse models
  • 19. Testing greenhouse models out in the school yard
  • 20. Preparing seed plants for our small greenhouses set up in the garden … (a)
  • 21. Preparing seed plants for our small greenhouses set up in the garden … (b)
  • 22. Greenhouses … in action
  • 23. Greenhouses … in action
  • 24. Transplanting the seed plants in the raised beds April 2008 …
  • 25. Transplanting the seed plants in the raised beds April 2008 …
  • 26. Our plants are growing inside the raised beds early May 2008 …
  • 27. Our plants are growing inside the raised beds late May 2008 …
  • 28. We get used to the idea of creating a garden ecosystem … our microcosmos !!!
  • 29. We get used to the idea of creating a garden ecosystem … our microcosmos !!!
  • 30. This year we aimed high … for a bigger and permanent greenhouse
  • 31. … and this is what we obtained (3,8 x 2,5 m)
  • 32. Setting up the ground for the base of the greenhouse …
  • 33. Setting up the base of the greenhouse …
  • 34. Teachers’ group work in assembling the greenhouse … December 2008 …
  • 35. Teachers’ group work in assembling the greenhouse …
  • 36. Teachers’ group work in assembling the greenhouse …
  • 37. The finished greenhouse in its place …
  • 38. The greenhouse … houses the seed-plants
  • 39. The greenhouse … houses the seed-plants
  • 40. The greenhouse … houses the seed-plants
  • 41. Planting the with the pomegranate tree 2nd grade children
  • 42. Planting a raised bed with vegetables, 5th grade children
  • 43. Planting a raised bed with vegetables, 5th grade children
  • 44. Planting a raised bed with vegetables, 5th grade children
  • 45. Putting together the wooden raised beds
  • 46. Putting together the wooden raised beds
  • 47. Putting together the wooden raised beds
  • 48. Putting together the wooden raised beds
  • 49. Putting together the wooden raised beds
  • 50. Putting together the wooden raised beds
  • 51. Building up a two compartment compost chamber … … the basic idea … home composters
  • 52. Aspects of the school garden … December 2008 …
  • 53. Aspects of the school garden … December 2008 …
  • 54. I do not know whether we could have a garden in every school ... ... but there is definitely a school in every garden!
  • 55. Thank you for your attention