Answer: Oh boy! There's more information than I can possibly give you in this short space! Here are a few brief suggestions: Consider making raised beds (don't use pressure-treated wood though)--they are a little easier to maintain. Choose a site that gets full sun all day. Make sure you will have access to water all season. Have a soil test done to check soil nutrient levels and pH. Amend the garden soil using lots and lots of organic matter (compost, well-rotted manure, grass clippings, fall leaves, etc.). Mulch the plants to help cut down on weeding. Make a plan for garden maintenance through the summer. Try to enlist some help from community members. Figure out what you can plant that will mature before school gets out, so you can reap some rewards soon! And, most important, have fun!
Here are a few web sites to check out:
National Gardening Association: http://www.garden.org (see magazine article library plus Kids and Classrooms section.)
Gardener's Supply Co. information bulletins: http://www.gardeners.com/bgb.html
Making Raised Beds:
Seed-starting Guide: http://www.chestnut-sw.com/seedhp.htm
National Gardening sells a book called NGA Guide to Kids' Gardening which has all sorts of information about planning and sustaining a youth gardening project. It costs $14.95 (plus shipping); call 800-538-7476 Ext 124 for more information. And good luck with your new adventure!
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