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4/18/08 1:16 P

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We just put in a garden at our home (sideyard); we went the raised bed route to improve our soil. We chose to use cinder blocks, but there are other materials that can be used for the beds as well. We then tilled up the earth, added in mushroom compost and leaves we saved from last fall. Then we purchased additional soil that was organically mixed for veggie gardens.

There are many organizations that offer grants for gardens and education, so if funding is needed for materials (spades, shovels, hoe, fertilizer, soil, seeds/plants, etc.), check them out.

You may want to start small; we had a 6x10 ft. garden in a community garden last summer and were able to have several tomato, jalapeno and bell pepper plants. Pick a location that gets 8-10 hours of sun each day.

For the actual veggies, pick some that will grow well in your zone without a lot of work -- if this is a first time for some of the kids to garden, success may light a passion in them to continue learning about gardening.

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If there are farms around, I would ask for manure to use. In fact, this might be a perfect time to try lasanga gardening where you just layer organic materials such as:manure, leaves, grass clipping and peat (although I've read peat moss in not a renewable resource) and just plant right in it.
The is plenty of info on the net about it. Good luck with whatever you try!!!

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4/13/08 10:31 A

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Hi EATINGINSJ,
Try looking into "square foot gardening." You will easily find information on it if you google it. I guess you could call it a cross between raised bed and container gardening.

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Laura

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4/13/08 10:07 A

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Hi!
I run a small summer camp at a Quaker school and this year we are planning a garden. I grew up with a raised bed veggie garden, but haven't done anything beyond containers in 20 years.

Our school is new construction and all we have is subsoil. What is the best and most economical approach to getting our school garden off and running? I will have two teens and about 10 lower elementary kids for the summer.

All suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Peace, M


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