Schoolyard Garden Members

KCCG is here to support you, so that your school garden is as successful as it can be. School gardens introduce students to new fruits and vegetables, encourage nutritious eating choices and healthy lifestyles and spark the curiosity and imagination of thousands of children throughout Kansas City.

Thank you for creating these opportunities at your school!

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Planting

— Before each growing season, select plants and seeds from KCCG with student input. Plant the seeds and transplants according to the instructions on the packaging and plant markers.

Watering

—Gardens typically need one inch of rainwater each week. If it is not raining, supplemental watering is necessary. Seeds should be watered every day for the first two weeks and every other day after that. Transplants need deeper watering, but less often.

Mulching

—Mulch helps prevent weeds from growing and keeps the soil moist for longer. KCCG provides schools with straw, but you can also use newspaper, cardboard, leaves, lawn clippings and more, by spreading it around plants that are already established

Fertilizing

—KCCG members have access to a 10-pound bag of chicken manure to fertilize your garden. Chicken manure helps by adding nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus to soil. Chicken manure can be applied to transplants at the time of planting by adding it to the base of plants and working it into the soil.

Insect Control

— Cabbage loopers are a common garden pest, eating away at plants in the brassica family (cabbage, collards, broccoli, kale, etc.). Dipel Dust is an organic pesticide provided by KCCG to deter cabbage loopers and cabbage worms. Simply sprinkle some of the dust on the leaves of the plant after rainfall.

Harvesting and Storage

—For vegetable-specific harvesting and storage tips, refer to our Vegetable Infosheets.

Closing your garden

— If you choose to close your garden over the summer, KCCG can provide your school with bed covers, so that your garden does not become overgrown with weeds during the long break. In the fall, gardens should be closed by pulling out all the plants and loosening up the soil.

Thinning

—Thinning is a necessary task to perform after seeds have germinated. Soon after seedlings have sprouted, thin the plants so that they have enough space to grow. Thin by gently removing or pinching off the weakest seedlings in a row.

How to Maintain Your Schoolyard Garden

Garden Responsibilities

Digging Deeper

Once your garden is established, successful and self-sustaining, you can move on to integrate the garden more fully into your school: