FC: Sydne' Larkin and Cristi Gengenbacher | School Garden
1: Winter Potatoes should be planted in early fall. They require sandy, fertile, and fast draining soil. The seeds should be planted about 12 inches apart in rows that are spaced 2 to 3 feet apart. The seed pieces are planted about 1 inch deep then covered with additional soil as the sprouts develop. They are ready to harvest when the earth around the base of the potatoes begin to open. Pests for this vegetable include aphids, cut worms, fleas beetles, wire worms and nematodes. | WinterPotatoes
2: Turnips require rich, well-drained and sandy soil. They also require a lot of sun to grow. They should be planted 1/2 inches in the ground in thin rows of 3-5. Turnips are a cool weather plant, so they will be able to withstand light freezes. They should be harvested when they become 4-6 inches large. Waiting to long to harvest, can cause the turnips to become to tough to eat. Root maggots are turnips biggest pest. Other pests include, slugs, beetles, snails and cut worms.
3: Green Beans should be planted only in soil temperatures of 65 degrees or higher. They require well-drained and fertile soil. Bush beans and pole green beans are the two different types you can grow. To grow bush beans, seeds should be placed 1 inch in the ground in rows of 3 and 4. To grow pole beans, seeds should be placed on small mounds with stakes in the middle. As the beans grow they will wrap around the stakes. They will need to be watered at least once a week. Green beans need to be harvested when the pods become crisp and can be easily snapped of the pod. Some of its pests are slugs, beetles, and aphids.
5: With the help of Calvin College, the students and faculty of Lee High School worked together to create a native plant garden, in the school's courtyard. They planted cactus, black-eyed Susans, Indian grass, and a variety of vegetables. They used a special kind of soil that did not contain and fertilizer or pesticides. The whole school got involved. The art department helped to create gardening stones and birdhouses for the garden. All the teachers agreed that it was a great learning experience for the students.
6: Work Cited http://www.backyardgardener.com/veg/ http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/05/large_Lee%20High%20School%20Wyoming%20Michigan%20native%20plants%20garden.jpg http://magickcanoe.com/farm/wild-strawberries.jpg http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_WdBOjsIFbYE/S-q00TviF0I/AAAAAAAABVw/5u0pjyNnS-U/s1600/Black-Eyed+Susan.jpeg