Plateau school veggie garden and orchard

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Published on September 26, 2011

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Plateau School Veggie Garden and Orchard Proposed plan

Purpose of this plan To ensure there is a clear goal and plan for the veggie plots and orchard To ensure all helpers are aware of the goals and plan To set out the roles, responsibilities and the ground rules To get the most out of this great asset

To ensure there is a clear goal and plan for the veggie plots and orchard

To ensure all helpers are aware of the goals and plan

To set out the roles, responsibilities and the ground rules

To get the most out of this great asset

What ’ s the goal? Teach the kids how to grow fruit and veggietables Grow stuff that is easy, and kids like to eat Make the plots as productive as possible Let the kids eat the produce from the veggie plot and orchard at harvest time Give the kids opportunity to take ownership and responsibility of their class plot

Teach the kids how to grow fruit and veggietables

Grow stuff that is easy, and kids like to eat

Make the plots as productive as possible

Let the kids eat the produce from the veggie plot and orchard at harvest time

Give the kids opportunity to take ownership and responsibility of their class plot

What will the kids learn? Throughout the course of the season kids will learn to: Prepare soil Sow seed Transplant seedlings Water Weed Stake and maintain plants Harvest Prune Other gardening activities like mulching, labelling etc

Throughout the course of the season kids will learn to:

Prepare soil

Sow seed

Transplant seedlings

Water

Weed

Stake and maintain plants

Harvest

Prune

Other gardening activities like mulching, labelling etc

The veggie plot plan veggie plots: Each class will have one garden plot to nurture. There will be one extra plot for strawberries that has no designated class – yum. Pumpkin patch: Set up designated pumpkin patch behind veggie beds or back of hall Each class plants several pumpkin seeds/varieties Have a biggest pumpkin competition Sell at the gala or take home for yummy soup next autumn.

veggie plots:

Each class will have one garden plot to nurture.

There will be one extra plot for strawberries that has no designated class – yum.

Pumpkin patch:

Set up designated pumpkin patch behind veggie beds or back of hall

Each class plants several pumpkin seeds/varieties

Have a biggest pumpkin competition

Sell at the gala or take home for yummy soup next autumn.

The veggie plot plan What to plant: Max of two varieties per plot Varieties that have a good chance of a successful harvest veggie ’ s that have a quick harvest Things the kids like Class to choose from: Cherry tomatoes Snow peas Peas Beans Sunflowers Corn (would need full plot) Potatoes (full plot) etc

What to plant:

Max of two varieties per plot

Varieties that have a good chance of a successful harvest

veggie ’ s that have a quick harvest

Things the kids like

Class to choose from:

Cherry tomatoes

Snow peas

Peas

Beans

Sunflowers

Corn (would need full plot)

Potatoes (full plot)

etc

How will this work? Class reps: Approx 4 representatives from each class to have “ garden time ” with an adult helper for up to 1 hour per fortnight or as needed. Garden time will be used for sowing, weeding, harvesting etc. Reps can rotate to ensure all kids interested get to have a go. Reps water plots and pumpkin patch during week on breaks. Parent/Community help: Adult help is needed to teach and supervise the class reps Require approx 3 hours help per week total Request help from green fingered parents and the Te Marua community, through newsletters or mail drops. Sharon Lysaght is happy to co-ordinate this coming season but will require support from other adults. A schedule for “ garden time ” will be worked out with teachers and adults once we know our their availability.

Class reps:

Approx 4 representatives from each class to have “ garden time ” with an adult helper for up to 1 hour per fortnight or as needed.

Garden time will be used for sowing, weeding, harvesting etc.

Reps can rotate to ensure all kids interested get to have a go.

Reps water plots and pumpkin patch during week on breaks.

Parent/Community help:

Adult help is needed to teach and supervise the class reps

Require approx 3 hours help per week total

Request help from green fingered parents and the Te Marua community, through newsletters or mail drops.

Sharon Lysaght is happy to co-ordinate this coming season but will require support from other adults.

A schedule for “ garden time ” will be worked out with teachers and adults once we know our their availability.

The orchard plan What to plant: What kids will eat Low maintenance, disease resistant, hardy varieties Early and late varieties to prolong harvest period Trees known for reliable and prolific harvests Dwarf rootstock to make harvest easy Initial planting suggestion: Apples – x 6 (3 different varieties) Pears - x 4 (2 different varieties – espaliered) Plums – x 2 (1 variety) Passionfruit – x 4 (these have approx 5 yr life so will need to be replaced regularly) Feijoa x 8 (2 varieties) Note: Some trees will bear from 2 years. Expect orchard in full production at 4 years.

What to plant:

What kids will eat

Low maintenance, disease resistant, hardy varieties

Early and late varieties to prolong harvest period

Trees known for reliable and prolific harvests

Dwarf rootstock to make harvest easy

Initial planting suggestion:

Apples – x 6 (3 different varieties)

Pears - x 4 (2 different varieties – espaliered)

Plums – x 2 (1 variety)

Passionfruit – x 4 (these have approx 5 yr life so will need to be replaced regularly)

Feijoa x 8 (2 varieties)

Note: Some trees will bear from 2 years. Expect orchard in full production at 4 years.

The Orchard Plan Where to plant: Behind main class room block by compost (Apples, pears, passionfruit) Hall end of the field (plums, feijoa ’ s) Initial planting will be achieved by a working bee Care: Pruning and spraying (if needed) once per year Watering over summer months Regular clearing of deadfall to reduce amount of bugs/wasps during harvest

Where to plant:

Behind main class room block by compost (Apples, pears, passionfruit)

Hall end of the field (plums, feijoa ’ s)

Initial planting will be achieved by a working bee

Care:

Pruning and spraying (if needed) once per year

Watering over summer months

Regular clearing of deadfall to reduce amount of bugs/wasps during harvest

The Orchard Plan Cost: Oderings will provide 20% discount Total cost of initial planting estimated at $460 (including discount) plus approx $80 for stakes, wire and ties. Funding options: We ask parents to donate specific amount for a tree Could choose from our list of varieties/prices e.g. $10, $22, $30 Plaque denotes their donation We ask parents for donations towards an orchard fund No specific family donated tree We apply for a community grant We may missthe opportunity to plant this year

Cost:

Oderings will provide 20% discount

Total cost of initial planting estimated at $460 (including discount) plus approx $80 for stakes, wire and ties.

Funding options:

We ask parents to donate specific amount for a tree

Could choose from our list of varieties/prices e.g. $10, $22, $30

Plaque denotes their donation

We ask parents for donations towards an orchard fund

No specific family donated tree

We apply for a community grant

We may missthe opportunity to plant this year

Ground rules The class that owns the plot can decide what to do with the harvest Kids can help themselves to strawberries as they ripen If it isn ’ t ripe don ’ t pick it If you ’ re helping in the garden you will must participate fully and be prepared to do jobs you may not like Always wear gloves when working with plants and the soil Always wash your hands after gardening

The class that owns the plot can decide what to do with the harvest

Kids can help themselves to strawberries as they ripen

If it isn ’ t ripe don ’ t pick it

If you ’ re helping in the garden you will must participate fully and be prepared to do jobs you may not like

Always wear gloves when working with plants and the soil

Always wash your hands after gardening

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