Sunday, 16 June 2013

Progress at Elmbank Children's Garden: Mulching and Planting!

 With the raised beds installed we've begun work on mulching the pathways with layers of cardboard and wood chip mulch. This helps to smother any grass and weeds to create beautiful and easy to walk on paths throughout the garden.

With all of the rain we've been having it has been awfully muddy in the garden! Despite this, we've had no shortage of student helpers during lunch break and recess! The students are keen to help shovel mulch and help create their school's garden.
 Mr. Anderson's class came out to plant their bed on Friday and used the square foot gardening method. This is a great way to learn about spacing requirements for different plants in the garden! The class planted pole beans and peas on the north side of their box, tomatoes, swiss chard, and lettuce! Amazing!
The 8 foot by 4 foot raised bed is divided into 32 square feet using string to visually mark the square feet for the students.
How much food can be produced in a 32 square foot bed?

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