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Gold Award Presentation:

Planning the Garden:
  • Make sure you have enough space for your plants to grow and thrive.
  • Have good dirt. If you need, find a way to replace the old dirt.
  • Find where your water will be coming from and make sure that you will have access to it when you need.
  • Choose plants that will work for the environment you have.  Some plants do better in direct sunlight, some do better in shadier conditions.
  • Use perennials so that you don’t have to replant every year.

Planning the Resources:

  • Find a group on invested adults who will help with creating and maintaining your garden. At the school it may be teachers, parents or after school day care providers.
  • Find a reliable source for money to fix the garden and replace plants that may die. I used the school PTO who agreed to set aside $100 each year for maintenance.
  • If you need to replace dirt or get plants, ask stores for donations.  Usually, they are more than willing to help!
  • If your garden is at a school the districts grounds people may be willing to help with any hard labor that needs to be done.

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What I Did:

   For my Gold Award project I created a garden for my local elementary school. The School is called Black Rock Elementary in Erie, Colorado. Black Rock is part of the St.Vrain Valley School District.  The school is seven years old and when it was built they set aside a 24 x 24 foot area on the playground for a children's garden. The student government had tried planting various plants in it over the years, but because of the clay soil and lack of organizing for maintaining it, the garden became overgrown with weeds. The garden also had a stepping stone path. When the school opened each student made a thumb print tile. My Girl Scout Troop turned the tiles into a stepping stone path in the garden as our Bronze Award several years ago. The path was also overgrown with weeds.

    Creating the garden was a challenge! The girls in my troop helped me remove the stepping stones, clear the weeds and replace the stones. I had to have to school district maintenance workers come in and get rid of the weeds that filled the area. They also tilled in new dirt that I got donated from Home Depot and the Tree Farm so that the new plants would have nutrients to grow. I then got perennial flowers donated from Home Depot and had the girls in my troop help me plant them. We did all of this work over the summer. When school started I had the parent volunteer organizer ask for parents to sign up to help work in the garden. About 6 parents agreed to come in and pull weeds until I could get a group of students organized.  

    It was important for me to have students involved in the garden. I used the children in the after school day care program to plant mums. To get the whole school involved I planned a day for bulb planting. The bulbs were donated from Lowe's. I asked each teacher to sign up for a time slot during which time they would send out two students to plant bulbs. We had students from grades kindergarten through 5th grade spend time planting.  I also planned for a Community School class to take place, but because of a change in the director position that class had to be postponed until spring. The class will include caring for the garden, doing crafts, guest speakers and gardening activities. 

    The garden will be sustainable through the PTO volunteers, the after school day care children, and the Community School classes that will be offered. The PTO also gave me $100 to help replace the stepping stone path and has agreed to keep that amount of funding in place for future needs.

Tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask people for help when it comes to jobs that are too big for you to handle.

  • Get others involved.  Ask your friends and family to come and help, gardening is much more fun with others!

  • Be organized.  Keeping yourself organized will help make the project easier and less stressful.

  • Make it fun!  Nobody wants to work on something they don’t enjoy.  


Getting Kids Involved:

  • The kids won't necessarily be part of building the garden, but will be more involved in maintaining and using it.

  • Create a gardening club that can have kids do weeding and other easy work.  It can also be used as a class for learning more about the garden and the effects it has.

  • Have kids plant bulbs and other small plants to get the garden started.

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