Eric Dier, who plays for Planet Super League competitors Tottenham Hotspur, is known for spending a lot of time in an allotment. He confesses that if he had more time he would spend hours taking care of the veggie gardens.
So would plenty of students in your school... but first, there needs to be a dedicated area!
What difference does it make?
It's both relaxing and exciting to grow your own food and understand where it comes from. Rolling up sleeves, kneeling down and get your hands full of dirt. This is the way, and it's great for the planet!
What do you need?
- Raised beds
Step by step
Is your school already equipped with an allotment? If so you can skip the next step and go directly to step 3!
First things first, you'll have to identify the best location (facing south, no shadows) for your allotment, and how to do it (raised beds or directly into the soil? See the FAQs for questions).
Seek headteacher approval for the project and potential funding, you might need to purchase a few things.
Once in place, get the children at it! Check what can planted at this time of the year in the FAQs. Take a picture of your students with dirty hands!
Great, one step ahead! Get some children out growing, weeding or harvesting and send in a photo to score your goals.
Under the protection of a foil, several things can be sown: onion, early carrots, lettuce or peas...
Garden beds are areas in a garden that is higher than the ground and is surrounded by a wooden frame.Raised beds are usually higher than no-digs beds but require more soil to be filled in.
Among other reasons, they're great for boosting drainage, definitely consider this if your area holds water in bad weather, they enable the work in a standing (raised beds) or kneeling position (no-dig Beds) and the soil can be enriched, topping up with compost.
They look like that.
You may find a lot of solutions in the garden section of bigger DIY shops. Check their online shop first before travelling there.
If you feel enough comfortable or you have some crafty people around you, these raised beds can easily be built. Check out this video for inspiration and this tutorial that gives a great A to Z tour of no-dig beds from their presentation, advantages, construction until their operation.
there's a great document from the national allotment society: here.