Garden work does not end after construction and planting. A successful school garden is well-maintained and survives past the first few years. The visual condition of the garden is the most obvious barometer of a school gardens sustainability. Recruiting enough help for steady garden maintenance-particularly during the summermay prove a significant factor in achieving sustainability.
Two critical -components of good garden maintenance are
leadership and a good plan.
Within an established system, knowledgeable, well-trained leaders can guide volunteers and accomplish the work that needs to be done.
Creating a Garden Responsibility Plan
The school garden team needs to create a Garden Responsibility plan for keeping the garden watered, weeded, and cared for throughout the calendar year.
The Responsibility Plan might
Tip: Each school garden team must address its maintenance needs according to available resources both inside the school and in the larger school community.