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School garden development

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