Once a garden site has been selected the appropriate size should be planned. Some schools have a limited amount of space for a garden and size has already been predetermined. In this situation, careful planning will insure that every square foot is allocated for the best possible planting advantage.
|Use rolling raised beds
||Good use of a small space
At other schools the amount of space for a garden may be abundant. These gardens must also be carefully planned. Consider garden development in several stages. Starting with a large garden may over-tax available time and funds. Click here to link to Garden Design Planting Beds for examples of bed sizes.
Consider and address the following elements when planning the size of a garden:
- Numbers of teachers and students who will use the garden
- Kinds of plants to be included and their space requirements
- Size of pathways
- Space for storage to hold tools and supplies
- Area for composting
- Room for greenhouse or cold frame
- Spaces for permanent plantings such as vines, trees, and shrubs
- Areas to place tables for class instruction and for potting benches
- Number and sizes of beds
- Resources and materials available for construction and startup costs
- Start up money and annual budget available for garden expenses
Take all of these considerations into account as your further develop your garden plan.