Creating a Term Time Harvest Plan ~ Teacher Guide, Organic Gardening

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Creating a Term Time Harvest Plan - Gardening Guides for Students + Teachers + Organic School Gardens
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  • 1. A35 Creating a term time harvest plan This activity pulls together a range of ideas for harvesting every school term. This is exciting, although sometimes daunting. The trick is starting with a list of crops you want to grow, eg those from planning your crop rotation (A34). Next aim to have at least one crop ‘in season’ to harvest every month. Then gradually learn techniques to get better and more reliable harvests, such as protected cropping. Resources Table summary of crops • Pen and paper Activity 1 List the crops you’re growing. Write down when you plan to sow and harvest each, making a note on a calendar which months they will occupy the soil. 2 Take account of techniques to extend the seasons. See S3.3 for examples. Try the following. a Use early and late varieties b Start plants in modules c Use protected cropping d Sow in succession e Store produce The next pages have a calendar adapted from the Food Growing Instruction Cards. This is intended as a started point for your own planning and job lists. The table covers the following. • Sowing dates; indoors and out • Plant out/transplant dates • Harvest time • When to use protected cropping, eg cloches. Crops included: • Vegetables • Fruits • Herbs 3 Organise tasks in weekly job lists. These are handy for workshops (B6.2) and gardening clubs. Herbs Salad Onion, 58 t Berry Frui ) erry (hybrid erry); Loganb ss (blackb Merton Thornle varieties: guide Suggested Growing Hybrid y stems). erry and tall wood Blackb grown or bare root canes (30cm drained soil in well Choose time Average months From 18 st to harve PLANT apart. needed Plant pot s 250-400cm Equipmenttwine, mulch Space plant ing’ Stakes, wire, ered site s.Train ‘fruit e sunny shelt ontal wire tions for ease of to prun When s to horiz direc h.Tie cane Autumn in opposite Water, mulc -fruiting’ canes plant size ‘non Average 45cm wide e and new pruning tall; level. Leav 180cm s to soil picking and grow with fruited cane n) to fruit next group to plum red. Cut seaso Family raspberry, fully colou in current Rosaceae: Pick when canes (ie grown ng group saving non-fruiti ering applicable Seed overwint list or not inter Term mn/W - Specia D year after EAT i Pick crops while still young Chives Vegetable GROW h Select varieties that remain harvestable for a long time Fruit 79 f Plan for winter and spring harvest in particular g Keep plants producing by harvesting regularly 58 Blackbe rry an d Hyb rid Ber ry J Term Spring M F s Sow indoor 2.5cm = 1 inch er Term Summ J J A 30 cm = A Autu O S M ors Sow outdo ansplant Plant out/tr Harvest 5 N Use cloche nt tional conte Key nutri C, fibre Vitamin 1 foot Health & Safety Only eat plants you’re sure are safe. Always check with adults before trying. See also Health and Safety Guidelines (Section SG1.2) Further information A32 Storing produce S3.2 Planning crop rotation S3.3 Harvesting each term G4.9 Using protected cropping Seed catalogues, eg Organic Gardening Catalogue www.organiccatalogue.com 1
  • 2. Table summary of crops Note: suggested months are a guide only. These are typical, so adjust these for your local weather conditions, such as the further north you are, the later the last frost is likely to be. Vegetables Spring Term J F M A Summer Term M J J A Autumn/Winter Term S O N D Artichoke, Globe Artichoke, Jerusalem Asparagus Asparagus Pea Aubergine Bean, Broad Bean, French Bean, Runner Beetroot Broccoli, Sprouting Brussels sprouts Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Spring Cabbage, Summer and Autumn Cabbage, Winter and Savoy Calabrese Carrot Cauliflower Celery Chicory Courgette and Marrow Cucumber, Greenhouse Garlic Key Sow indoors 2 Sow outdoors Plant out/transplant Harvest Use cloche
  • 3. Vegetables Spring Term J F M A Summer Term M J J A Autumn/Winter Term S O N D Kale Kohl Rabi Leaf Beet Leek Lettuce Mushroom Okra Onion, Bulb Onion, Salad Parsnip Pea Pepper Potato Pumpkin and Winter Squashes Radish Rocket Salad, Autumn and Winter Salad, Oriental Salad, Spring and Summer Salsify and Scorzonera Seakale Seed Sprouts Shallot Spinach, Annual Swede Key Sow indoors Sow outdoors Plant out/transplant Harvest Use cloche 3
  • 4. Vegetables Spring Term J F M A Summer Term M J J A Autumn/Winter Term S O N D Spring Term F M A Summer Term M J J A Autumn/Winter Term S O N D Sow outdoors Plant out/transplant Sweetcorn Sweet Potato Tomato, indoor Tomato, outdoor Turnip Fruit J Apple Blackberry and Hybrid Berry Blackcurrant Blueberry Gooseberry Grape, Dessert Melon Pear Plum Raspberry Red and Whitecurrant Rhubarb Strawberry Key Sow indoors 4 Harvest Use cloche
  • 5. Herbs Spring Term J F M A Summer Term M J J A Autumn/Winter Term S O N D Balm, Lemon Basil Bay Chervil Chives Coriander Dill Fennel Marjoram Mint Parsley Rosemary Sage Sorrel Tarragon Thyme Key Sow indoors Sow outdoors Plant out/transplant Harvest Use cloche 5