Edible Gardens in Schools: A Growing Guide for Teachers


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Edible Gardens in Schools: A Growing Guide for Teachers

  1. 1. NEWSLETTER Summer Term 2007 ESpring is here! What a fabulously warm RE S! F D Ebeginning we have had. SE s to ank in n y th Seeds ave Ma ers oh dIf you would like a workshop to help get your gardens ck on wh onate Tu urt yd his shb kindl s to t ougrowing and flourishing this year, please do get in touch. A y ed yWe can offer a day of garden tidying, seed sowing and ver me se hope sedseedling planting, or a session on composting and even so ect. I nclo ste! j e abuild your own compost bins. Costs are £150 for a whole pro d the your t fin t to keday and £75 for half a day. pac HOT OFF THE PRESS! Edible Gardens in Schools has at last published the teaching resource - ‘Edible Gardens in Schools - A Growing Guide for Teachers’. This timely new book and CD are essential for anyone wanting to begin vegetable gardening at school. An excellent and comprehensive guide, it will help teaching staff create and sustain edible gardens in the school grounds and enable schools to use the gardens as a valuable resource for teaching many aspects of the curriculum. The book and CD contain clear information about the practical aspects of gardening in school, and include lesson plans, activities and worksheets to support this work and broaden pupils’ knowledge. Cont. on page 2....Schools we have worked with:Kingsbridge Community Primary Kingsbridge Community College St. Christopher’s, StavertonSt. John the Baptist Primary Diptford Primary Burlescombe PrimarySandford Primary Ilsington Primary Ladysmith Middle, ExeterUgborough Primary Dartington Primary - Brimhay Nursery Highweek PrimaryLandscove Primary Charleton Primay Yeo Valley PrimaryStoke Gabriel Primary Stokenham Primary Thurlestone PrimaryStoke Fleming Primary Harbertonford Primary St. Peter’s Primary
  2. 2. NEWS...Cont. from page 1The fifteen seasonal topics include Companion Planting, SeedSaving, Nutrition and Local Food. Through games and activitiesin the garden and classroom, pupils will learn how to composttheir food waste, the importance of reducing food miles, the role ofdifferent minibeasts in the soil and much more.The book:• Clear and straightforward introductions to each of the 15seasonal topics including Composting, Nutrition, CompanionPlanting, Seed Saving and Local Food.• Charts showing how the activities and worksheets on the CD linkto the national curriculum at Key Stage 2.The CD:• Over 70 pages of lesson plans, activities, games and follow-upworksheets to help schools integrate vegetable gardening into thecurriculum.The resource costs £16.95 and can be ordered from the publishers:SOUTHGATE PUBLISHERS LTD.The Square, Sandford, CreditonDevon EX17 4LWinfo@southgatepublishers.co.uk01363 776888Why not: Try planting some edible flowersin your vegetable gardens; they not onlyattract beneficial insects such as bees andladybirds but also made a pretty and tastyaddition to a salad. These two picturedare nasturtiums and pot marigold. Theyalso help by attracting aphids away fromyour veggies!
  3. 3. HALF TERMPlanting Potatoes TipsNow is the time to be planting potatoes. If you haven’t beenable to buy them early and put them on the windowsill tochit, don’t worry, you can still plant them - different peoplesay different things about chitting anyway. On the whole, itwill give you a bigger harvest, but the potatoes will still growif you plant them straight in.Plant in individual holes about 15 cm deep, or dig a trenchand lay the potatoes in the bottom. Leave a space of about30 cm between potatoes. As the plants grow, you will needto ‘earth up’ which means pulling soil or mulch around thetop of the plants so that only 5cm or so of the plants areshowing. This way, the potatoes will have more space togrow, they won’t go green in sunlight and it should keep inthe moisture. Do this when they are about 15cm high.Perhaps try to grow some potatoes in a glass or see-through plastic container. You can then watch thedevelopment of the plant and see how the potatoes grow.Sowing seedsIt is almost warm enough to be able to sow all seeds directly outside, but probably safer to sowthe more tender plants inside - for example courgettes, squash, corn and runner beans. If youhave young seedlings inside, start hardening them off by putting them outside for a few hourseach day. This way they will get used to the colder temperatures slowly. Experiment: why not try hardening off some plants slowly and put others directly outside without this process? What difference does it make to their growth? Write a description of what it might be like for a plant to be nice and warm inside and then suddenly be planted in the cold soil without any warning.
  4. 4. RECIPESPurple sprouting broccoli is my favourite vegetable of this season - it keeps on producing lovelytender shoots for weeks! Here are some recipes to give it a bit of variety:Buttery lemon sauceSteam the broccoli for a few minutes.Melt some butter in a saucepan, squeeze in somefresh lemon juice and mix well.Dip the broccoli shoots in the sauce for a yummystarter!Stir FrySteam the broccoli for 5-10 minutes. Heat somesesame oil in a frying pan and add the broccoli, springonions, pumpkin seeds, soya sauce/tamari and somechilli if you like it spicy! Stir fry for a few minutes on ahigh heat and serve straightaway.With bacon and garlicSteam the broccoli for about 5 minutes. Fry the chopped bacon in a pan until golden brown. Addsliced garlic and fry for a further few minutes. Add the broccoli and braise with the bacon and garlicfor another few minutes and then serve and eat! Edible Gardens in Schools is a project of Devon Development Education Charity Number 1102233. Many thanks to our current supporters: Contact details: Telephone: 01364 73058 Email: raych @onetel.com