Fall School Gardens Newsletter
Schools have reopened from their summer breaks and school activities are already in full swing. The school gardens are drawing their fair bit of attention from the school communities. Outdoor learning spaces with nature exploration areas have become a priority project for many schools. School communities feel the need to connect children to plants, their food source, and wildlife habitats in a garden.
This fall issue provides you with resources to prepare you for the new school year with a Back-to-School Garden Readiness Checklist, a Fall Planting Guide, a school garden irrigation activity, using “Olla” pots, tips on conserving water with mulch, using compost, and a story about a fun filled seminar at Jack London Elementary school in Antioch.
So let’s get the school gardens ready for the new school year.
- Back-to-School Garden Readiness - by Soubarna M.
- Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden - by Christina K.
- Mulch choices for your school garden
- Using Compost in your School or Home Garden
- UC IPM resources for protecting plants from garden pests
- Pest Notes Library
- UC IPM Good Bug, Bad Bug - Poster to Print
School garden success stories and activities:
- Courtesy Soubarna Mishra
- Using Ancient "Ollas" for School Garden Irrigation - by Janice Winsby
UC Master Gardener, School Gardens Co-leads, Kate, Pam and Soubarna.
Kate Verhoef, Pam Austin, and Soubarna Mishra are UC Master Gardener of Contra Costa County
Photo credits: Soubarna Mishra