How to grow a healthy garden

Collection by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

75 
Pins
 • 
1.49k 
Followers

School gardens need to produce a lot of vegetables and fruit! These tips will help keep your soil and plants in top shape through the seasons.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
{Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion Planting Chart}

Shop

Shop our collection of school resources, recipes, cookbook, vouchers and much more. All proceeds support the work of the not-for-profit Kitchen Garden Foundation in delivering pleasureable food education to Australian primary school students.

How to boost organic material in your soil: this will improve the beneficial microbial activity and health of your plants.

Organic Soil Improvement

Green Harvest provides a detailed article with information and techniques to help achieve healthy soil, organically. Includes composting, green manures, mulch, organic fertilisers and the importance of pH

Don't ignore the low hanging fruit

Crop rotation helps keep the soil healthy because each different plant family draws on different soil nutrients and is attacked by different pests. By rotating the families through your beds, you can give the soil a break but still use all available growing space.

Vegetable Families and Crop Rotation | PreparednessMama

Crop rotation helps keep the soil healthy because each different plant family draws on different soil nutrients and is attacked by different pests. By rotating the families through your beds, you can give the soil a break but still use all available growing space.

What type of soil has the greatest capacity to retain water? A Free Printable Investigation for your Students!

Soil Lab

This soil freebie will help you and your students observe soil samples and test their capacity to retain water. It contains recommendations and student recording pages. Directions: Set up 4 stations for students to record data. Include a different soil sample at each station. I like using gravel...

Making mini greenhouses of milk jugs - each class could have a few, or set them outside in one area together when you need temporary extra seed raising space.

In the Backyard: My Milk Jug Mini-Greenhouses

A little over a month ago I mentioned how I was cleaning and saving my family's empty milk and vinegar gallon-sized jugs for a seed-starting experiment. I was introduced to the idea of winter-sowing through the blog A Garden for the House, where he claimed that you didn't need to do much to start seeds. No special lights, no seed-starting kits required -- you didn't even need to keep them inside! Since I don't really have a space in my house to devote to seed starting (I guess there's one…

Inexpensive mini greenhouses - use a few when you need some temporary extra space for raising seedlings.

Saving seeds? Here's how to test whether or not they are still viable 1, 2 or 3 years later.

How to Check for Seed Viability (Video) | MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Use our seed viability test to make sure you get the most from your saved seeds every year.

How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Saving heirloom tomato seeds is a bit more specialized than just removing them from the fruit. See how ferment, dry, and save them for next year.

An old-fashioned way to support many tomato plants that avoids all the care of tying up each stem (but you still might want to pinch out the lateral shoots!)

Three Garden Structures You Can Build - FineGardening

Lashed poles, hoops, and sticks give vining beans and tomatoes handsome support

An espaliered apple tree keeps the fruit within reach and enables you to grow many varieties in a small space.

apple espalier – igardendaily

Posts about apple espalier written by igardendaily

What is hugelkultur and how are gardeners using it to grow deep garden beds that need less water?

hugelkultur: the ultimate raised garden bed

How to build a cold frame. If you're in a cool climate and a greenhouse is out of your budget, a cold frame might provide that extra few weeks of warmth for seed raising in spring and autumn. Here's how to build one from recycled materials including an old window.

How to Build a Cold Frame

Use rot-resistant planks and a salvaged window to build a protective box that extends the growing season. (Scroll past video players for written steps)

Pumpkins and other squash benefit from deep mulching and some water provided right to their root zone.

Tips for growing squash

Tips for growing squash, Place the seeds AROUND the pot. When you water, you water inthe pot so the water comes out of the drain holes a...