Tips for being successful with your fall garden

Janet Hurley, Extension specialist and School IPM specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife, included an article in her School IPM newsletter last week about creating a school garden. The information in the article was really useful for anyone who wants to plant a fall garden, even at home, so I thought I would use the information in her article and make it applicable to an urban audience. If you’re a teacher and plan to create a garden at your school, be sure to read her article.

If you’re planning on turning your summer garden into a fall garden, before you begin planting, there are certain things you want to consider. First, if your garden is overgrown with weeds, and you’re planning to apply herbicides, be sure that you and your children stay out of the area for at least 4 hours. At home I usually wait at least a day before I walk on the area again. Continue reading

School gardens are on the rise – but need community involvement

EDITOR’S NOTE: School gardens can be a great way to give students hands-on experience in science and agriculture. However, teachers need to consult with other professionals to learn the best and safest ways for pest management, weed management and composting.

In Georgia FACES

By Sharon Dowdy, University of Georgia

Planting gardens at schools is not a new concept. The school garden movement first took off in 1917 when the U.S. School Garden Army was created with the motto, “A garden for every child, every child in a garden.”

As of late, school gardens have experienced resurgence. A growing number of teachers are embracing school gardens to teach students much more than how to put a seed in the ground, care for it, watch it grow and enjoy the harvest provided by the plant. Continue reading

New online IPM training tools for teachers

Staff education is crucial for school IPM program success. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has created two free online training modules for teachers to learn the basics of IPM and their roles. Some facts contained in the modules are specific to laws in Texas, but much of the information can be applied in any location.

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