This is a two step activity, see below.
Before you begin, read this article, Raised Bed Gardens 101.
Answer the following questions in your composition book by restating the question in your answer and use complete sentences.
- What are some advantages and disadvantages of growing plants in raised beds?
- Why do you think materials such as wood, composite lumber, cinder blocks, wall blocks, stone, and bricks are frequently used for raised beds?
- What shape beds do you think would be most practical if you are using a material like wood?
- Do you think all plants need the same amount of space to grow? Why or why not.
Grading: 21st Century Skills (Thinking and Problem Solving) - 5 pts.
Follow the procedure below to design a raised garden bed for our school garden. You may have to perform research.
1. Search on the internet or visit a garden that has raised garden beds to get an idea of what they look like.
2. Using graph paper (or regular paper), draw and design a raised garden bed.
3. Draw at least 3 views of the bed such as front, side and top to include as much detail as possible. (3 pts.)
5. On the back, list any materials you would like to use such as wood, stone, etc. to build the bed (3 pts.)
6. Determine what types of plants (fruits, vegetables, herbs, etc.) that you would like to grow and make sure that they will fit in your garden bed. On your drawing, show where they would go. (4 pts.)
Your classmates will vote on the best design to be considered for our school garden so make it your best design.
Grading: Classwork/Homework - 10 pts.