How to design your global garden

"You need to know only three things to run a successful school garden: how to cultivate people, how to cultivate plants, and where to go for help."
Linda Guy Success With School Gardens, 1994

The whole school community can be involved in designing a global garden – evaluating the site, choosing hard landscaping materials with a low carbon footprint, devising a water harvesting system, deciding what plants to include...

There is a wealth of resources produced for schools by sustainable growing projects around the world. We have included a selection that have useful information on designing a garden that will maximise the educational value of your garden as well as growing lots of healthy fruit and veg. Garden Organic and the RHS Campaign for School Gardening have excellent information for teachers and students on intensive growing in containers and raised beds, as well as making compost, ponds… Send a Cow have materials which show you how to build keyhole gardens which combine composting with raised beds, and have been successfully used in schools gardens in Uganda and the UK.

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Visit the Growing Schools Garden for inspiration.

Did you know?

My wild ancestors originated in Afghanistan over 3000 years ago

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I originated in the South American Andes mountains

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I originated in Southern Europe and Western Asia around 2000 BC ago

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I am part of the rose family and native to Central Asia.

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I am the world’s most important salad plant.

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I come from the Andes Mountains and was first cultivated about 7,000 years ago.

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I originated in South and Central Asia dating back to 3500 BC.

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Scientists are unsure whether I originated in Central Asia, Ethiopia or the Mediterranean.

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I originated in Central and South America

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My wild ancestors are fond throughout Asia and Europe.

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I am a delicious fruit, native to Eastern Asia, with wide culinary and medicinal uses.

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I originated in Persia (modern day Iran) and spread to China around 600AD.

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My small wild ancestors are found in temperate areas all over the Old World.

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I am native to the Central Americas and was first domesticated in Mexico, by at least 2600 BC.

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I am native to the Americas and was cultivated by the Aztecs as early as 700 AD.

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