Want to find out how to get your classroom garden organised? I’ll show you step by step what to do…
It’s a brand new school year with many EY Educators busy getting everything sorted for the classroom. Now, I know you might have started your edible garden last year perhaps but it just didn’t come into your program as much as you had planned. That’s why I am here to show you how to get your edible garden organised so that you can make full use of this unique engaging resource and help it thrive.
For Educators who have not started a garden yet…
1. Plan out your garden. I absolutely love this fantastic Kitchen Garden Planner where you can literally plan out your garden no matter how big or small. You can do it interactively with your students on an interactive whiteboard or on a computer and it will tell you exactly how many of each particular plant you can grow in that space. It also tells you the ideal time of year to plant that type of plant, how long it takes to grow and when to harvest it. The best thing is that it is specific to your location as you put your postcode in and it will tailor it to your season. I love this planner!
If you are a Tiny Chefs Academy member this is included in your membership and you can click here to access your gardening resources.
2. Write a list of all the resources that you need to get started. Go through the list and see if what you could use from things around your workplace. You can also ask staff if they have any of it to donate or parents. A great way to get parents involved in the first few weeks. You can also get parents who come to help during the day to get started on putting it together. If the garden needs to be built in (a raised bed) then you would have to do this when no children are around.
Tiny Chefs Academy members I have put together a list of resources which you can find here.
3. Create a a chore chart. This will be your key to keeping your garden organised. With the chore chart use a large grid and put a list of chores along the top (pictures of them are best). The chores would include; watering (daily for most), weeding (once a week), fertiliser (once a week for most), mulching (when needed), harvesting (daily), check for bugs (daily). Down the side of your grid list all of the days that you children are in your room (you can do one for each group if you have different groups). Laminate some photos of all of your children small enough to fit into each of the grids. Now place a childs picture into each of the spaces that are needed on your grid (one photo in each space for watering etc).
Tiny Chefs Academy members can access a full chart ready to go here.
4. Create a garden book. To help make it easier with documenting your gardening experience I highly suggest you put together a gardening book. I put together a ‘My Garden’ book where you can take photos of the children putting it all together, their drawings of the gardens, photos of their own gardens at home, learning stories about the garden. This is also great for parents to see what they are up to! You can keep this book in your class library so that they can keep reflecting about their garden.
Tiny Chefs Academy members can access their ‘My Garden’ book template here.
I would love to see how your gardens are going! Send me a photo of your classroom garden to firstname.lastname@example.org
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