Gardens & growing guides
How-tos, guides & manuals for starting an inspiring and productive growing or gardening project in your school or outdoor setting.
Arranged, as much as possible, in chronological order, most recent first
Resources to support school gardens during COVID times
Links to a range of useful resources under the headings distance teaching resources; virtual gatherings; outdoor classrooms to support reopening schools; garden access, care & harvest; and an online forum. From the School Garden Support Organization Network (US).
Little Green Fingers Guide to Growing Fruit & Veg
Infographic including planting & growing guidance, a celebration of garden insects and a rainbow nutrition chart.
Learning Resources UK, 4 March 2019
A Comprehensive Guide on Container Gardening
Includes sections on: how to start; choosing containers; potting soil; picking plants; tips & advantages; 7 best veg to grow in a container; kit & tools.
Consumers Base, September 26, 2018
Green-fingered teachers: how to grow fruit and vegetables in school
‘The joys of growing fruit and vegetables in school go beyond filling bellies, there are lots of educational benefits too.’ Includes how to grow in the classroom, growing on the school grounds & how to link gardening with learning.
The Guardian, 29 June 2015
The Edible Schoolyard Project
‘Our principles lay out the transdisciplinary pedagogy of our whole-child – and whole-school – approach to equity and learning in kitchens, gardens, lunchrooms, and classrooms.’
Huge library of free lesson plans and materials includes recipes and food prep, understanding natural processes, and growing, searchable by location, age, subject and more.
Creating Green Roofs for Invertebrates
A best practice guide. “This guidance is aimed at anyone who is considering installing or planning to install a biodiverse green roof. It specifically outlines how green roofs can support invertebrates, particularly those associated with wildlife-rich brownfield sites.” Includes a review of key research.
Buglife, c2011 (pdf)
Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms
‘The Life Lab Science Program distilled their years of world-wide school garden experience into a concise 50-page guide that asks and answers most questions you need to consider for creating an outdoor classroom garden. Items covered include your garden’s purpose; school staff, volunteers, and students; connecting with curriculum; site selection and design; theme gardens; fund-raising; public awareness; and more.’
Life Lab (US), 2007
A Child’s Garden of Standards
Written to link school gardens to California Education Standards. Examines the benefits & concepts of school gardens, & offers garden-based activities linked to academic study areas & grade levels, with contributions from schools successfully using this model, with plenty of content transferable to similar projects on the UK.
California Department of Education, 2002, on Green Schoolyard Network
Five nearly free do-it-yourself playscape projects
“Five simple projects to start you on your way toward a multi-sensory natural playscape.” 4 of these are growing projects for your setting – bulbs, meadow maze, living willow hut and a sunflower house.
‘Learn how to build a garden that filters water, provides habitat, improves soil, reduces your carbon footprint and engages your community. Our interactive garden tools and learning resources make it simple to create your garden and use it as an outdoor learning lab.’
Nature Works Everywhere.