Maranatha Christian School/OER projects/GNZGO/Room 5
Here are some of the questions we considered as we started our process...
1) Where is the best site for our garden? (consider Sun, shade, wind) At the end of the field, behind the fence, we thought was the best place for our garden. Because nobody goes there, it's real sunny, it doesn't get in the road of people's games, it's easy to reach, the trees nearby give in shade and shelter from the wind, there's not many roots around and it's flat.
2) How big should it be? (one large garden, 3 small gardens etc) We have decided to have lots of small gardens because it's easier to reach the plants, so we can grow different types of plants in different sections, some plants need different spaces from each other, so it can be easier to water and weed it
3) What will it look like? (raised beds, square, circular) Our gardens will be square in shape because it's easier to build rather than a circle. It's easier to make rows so you can walk between the gardens. It's easier to plant and water and weed and quicker to build. The gardens will be raised because it will look tidier, our science experiment earlier suggested that the soil isn't the best so we need to bring more soil in.
4) What method will you choose to plant? (rows, blocks, vertical, hanging baskets) we can plant in rows because our gardens will be raised and so the plants are spaced properly. Each block will grow one type of plant (maybe two if we look into companion planting)so it is easier to know which plant is where.
5) What will you plant? (peas, beans, lettuce, broccoli, strawberries - anything!) we are now discussing this... choosing from asparagus, beans, beetroot, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, courgette, cucumber, eggplant, leeks, lettuce, passionfruit, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb, silverbeet, spinach, spring onion, tomatoes.
6) How will you start? (raise seeds in trays or plant direct into the garden) Raise some seeds in containers so they're ready to plant if needed. Plant at the right depth, width apart. Get helathy soil in first.
7) How will you care for your plants? (watering, fertilising, weeding, rosters) Water them daily (we learnt from our science experiments), pull out weeds, keep bugs of the plants using something from TUI. Fertilise using something from TUI. Train the climbing plants.
8) When will the plants be ready to eat? (harvest dates, continuous planting) Beans - Nov 21, Carrot - Dec, Passionfruit - June, Potatoes - Jan/Feb, Pumpkin - Feb, Radish - Nov, Silverbeet - Nov, Tomatoes - Nov/Dec.