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Planting in raised garden beds

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

School and Community Projects:

A multitude of schools and community projects have already been established to help educate people on the significance of composting and gardening; and of making good use of the many resources within our environment. But there’s another great solution to keeping the soil of our gardens healthy and pest-free; and that it is through planting in raised garden beds. Building raised garden beds is an innovation in itself.

Students, Faculty and Staff learn from the dirt
The students, faculty members and staff from the Sacramento City College have started a City Farm project. The project consists of a community garden that will help function as an ‘alternative teaching mechanism for multiple disciplines throughout the school year’. It is through these different disciplines that ‘learning from the dirt’ was conceptualized. Based on that, hands-on learning was also encouraged through gardening. Therefore, a few 12-foot by 4-foot raised garden bed plans were placed and assembled for their usage.
The Importance of a drip irrigation system in a raised garden bed
Each of Sacramento City College’s garden beds were built to include a drip irrigation system. Now, when it comes to the irrigation system (this goes especially important when you build a raised garden bed of your own), it functions as the main approach for supplying water into the garden bed. It works through a slow but frequent application of water, which goes all the way to the soil. The system also helps supply the garden with the right amount of water, at just the right rate. Through a drip irrigation system, dry spots or drenches will be prevented from occurring.
What to grow in raised garden beds?
Small-scale projects can evolve from just using any of the typical wooden or plastic diy raised garden beds. A variety of plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers, and even herbs, can be planted in these plots. Aside from that, growing vegetables in garden beds can definitely teach young kids the science behind a plant’s life cycle. Students will be able to learn how their food is grown, how other plants bloom and increase in yield, and how they themselves can grow these in their own plot.
Just take for example the project under Disney Elementary School, which gives kids a chance to grow their own crops. Whether the plants are grown in wood or plastic raised garden beds, these children are kept exposed to gardening, and seeing firsthand the joys to a continuous crop growth. They are shown how some plants grow from the ground, and how some of these can be of consumption.
The benefits to having a raised garden bed
There are a lot of advantages when you have garden beds that are raised from the ground, other than it requiring less upkeep (compared to the typical gardens). Besides providing a solution to keeping the soil healthy, raised garden beds also contain soil that doesn’t get compacted (due to the reliability in its construction). It also drains water better, and warms faster when it’s springtime.

Students, Faculty and Staff learn from the dirt

The students, faculty members and staff from the Sacramento City College have started a City Farm project. The project consists of a community garden that will help function as an ‘alternative teaching mechanism for multiple disciplines throughout the school year’. It is through these different disciplines that ‘learning from the dirt’ was conceptualized. Based on that, hands-on learning was also encouraged through gardening. Therefore, a few 12-foot by 4-foot raised garden bed plans were placed and assembled for their usage.

The Importance of a drip irrigation system in a raised garden bed

Each of Sacramento City College’s garden beds were built to include a drip irrigation system. Now, when it comes to the irrigation system (this goes especially important when you build a raised garden bed of your own), it functions as the main approach for supplying water into the garden bed. It works through a slow but frequent application of water, which goes all the way to the soil. The system also helps supply the garden with the right amount of water, at just the right rate. Through a drip irrigation system, dry spots or drenches will be prevented from occurring.

What to grow in raised garden beds?

Small-scale projects can evolve from just using any of the typical wooden or plastic diy raised garden beds. A variety of plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers, and even herbs, can be planted in these plots. Aside from that, growing vegetables in garden beds can definitely teach young kids the science behind a plant’s life cycle. Students will be able to learn how their food is grown, how other plants bloom and increase in yield, and how they themselves can grow these in their own plot.

Just take for example the project under Disney Elementary School, which gives kids a chance to grow their own crops. Whether the plants are grown in wood or plastic raised garden beds, these children are kept exposed to gardening, and seeing firsthand the joys to a continuous crop growth. They are shown how some plants grow from the ground, and how some of these can be of consumption.

The benefits to having a raised garden bed

There are a lot of advantages when you have garden beds that are raised from the ground, other than it requiring less upkeep (compared to the typical gardens). Besides providing a solution to keeping the soil healthy, raised garden beds also contain soil that doesn’t get compacted (due to the reliability in its construction). It also drains water better, and warms faster when it’s springtime.