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Office of Science PreK-12
 

Edible School Gardens

The Office of Science is proud to announce that schools can now begin growing edible gardens in the classroom or within enclosed courtyards.  The new guidelines are to ensure a safe, educational, and nutritious experience for students.  Parents and members of the community who are interested in edible gardening at their school, should review the guidelines and discuss the possibility of a garden with the school administration and teachers.  Edible gardens can only be grown within the school year and cannot be maintained over the summer due to access to buildings. 


 

TIER I

Indoor Plantings/ Gardens

Defined as using containers within the school building to grow plants.  This can be as small as a cup or as large as a container two feet by four feet. 

TIER II

Portable Gardens

 

Defined as using containers such as a salad table on wheels or planters on a cart that can be moved from within the school building to the outdoors during the school day.   The size of the portable garden can vary; it is a mobile garden up to 30 inches wide to allow movement to the outside (BCPS doors are at least 30 inches wide).
 

 

TIER III

Raised Bed  and Tilled Gardens

Defined as gardens planted only in outdoor spaces where the public does not have access (courtyards and high fenced areas).  Raised beds are above the ground and confined by timber, recycled plastic, and other constructions to define an area for planting.  Tilled gardens are excavated and plants are grown directly in the soil. The size of these gardens can vary; they can be permanent or semi-permanent gardens up to four feet by sixteen feet with a maximum of three gardens per school.

 

 


 

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Tier I:

Indoor Plantings/ Gardens

 

Description

 

Tier I, Indoor Plantings/ Gardens, is defined as using containers to grow plants within the school building.  This can be as small as a plastic baggie, cup, or  as large as a container two feet by four feet. This tier will be the focus of BCPS curriculum.  As such, specific directions for planting and maintaining these gardens will be found in the curriculum.  Teachers must follow the curriculum in these instances.  Indoor plantings and gardens beyond those found in the curriculum must adhere to the guidelines below. 

 

·         Planning Your Garden  -at least a month prior to starting garden

Decide on-

  • the type of garden your school will be starting, e.g., leafy greens, herbs, beans, peas

  • the type of containers that you will be using, e.g., salad box or small container, portable or stationary

  • the location for the garden ( ensure sufficient space so that fire alarms,  vents, hallways, and doors are not blocked; available sunlight)

 

·         Student Permission  -at least a month prior to starting garden

Send home permission slips, found in the appendix, for participation in the gardening project.  Be sure that all staff members are aware of which students may not participate in the gardening and/or eating of plants.  Be sure that all staff members are aware of any students with allergies, health concerns, or intolerances.

 

Let’s Get Growing

·         Creating Your Garden  -at least a month prior to starting garden

  • Shop for soil, seeds, seedlings, and containers.

  • The soil in which to plant should be sold commercially in bags and purchased or donated from a local nursery or store.

  • Follow the BCPS guidelines for materials/supply use, planting, and gardening.

  • Decide on a planting day(s).  

·         Maintaining Your Garden

  • Establish a watering schedule and plan for each week, including holidays/school closings. 

  • Monitor garden for harvesting plants.

  • All edible plants must be harvested before the end of the school year.

Resource Contacts

·         BCPS

Getting Started

×          Dawn Dawson, Resource Teacher, Office of Science ddawson@bcps.org, 443-809-4251

 

·         Baltimore County Maryland Extension Service/University of Maryland

Optional support from a Master Gardener for starting and maintaining an edible garden.

 

 

·    Edible Gardens Harvesting Calendar

The crops listed below are currently the only plants which can be grown at BCPS facilities.  Additional crops will be added as they are evaluated.  

 

Baltimore County Public Schools Edible Gardens Harvesting Schedule

 

 

March

April

May

June

Herbs

 

Number of Days

 

 

 

 

Basil

30-70

 

 

 

 

 

Chives

75-80

 

 

 

 

 

Dill

40-55

 

 

 

 

Parsley

70-80

 

 

 

 

 

Peppermint

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spearmint

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

Baltimore County Public Schools Edible Gardens Harvesting Schedule

 

 

March

April

May

 June

Vegetables

 

Number of Days

 

 

 

 

Leaf Lettuce

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Lettuce

45-60

 

 

 

 

Red Lettuce

30-40

 

 

 

 

 

Arugula

25-40

 

 

 

 

 

Spinach

40

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Peas

60

 

 

 

 

Snap Peas

60

 

 

 

 

Green Beans

60

 

 

 

 

                 

 Note:  Table schedules reflect variables such as starting herbs and vegetables indoors as transplants or use of portable gardens.  Sowing seeds outdoors (frost-free) in Zone 7 can range from early April until mid-May.

The number of days is an estimate time from sow to harvest.

Peanuts, strawberries, and root vegetables may not be grown in a BCPS garden.  If there is a vegetable or herb that you would like to include in your school garden that is not listed in this schedule, please contact the Office of Science (443-809-4251).

 

 

Salad Table

Tier II:

 

Portable Gardens

 

Description

 

Tier II, Portable Gardens, are defined as using containers such as a salad table on wheels or planters on a cart that can be moved from within the school building to the outdoors during the school day.   The size of the portable garden can vary; it is a mobile garden up to 30 inches wide to allow movement to the outside (BCPS doors are at least 30 inches wide).

 

 

·         Planning Your Garden  -at least a month prior to starting garden

Decide on-

  • the type of garden your school will be starting, e.g., leafy greens, herbs, beans, peas

  • the type of containers that you will be using, e.g., salad box or small container, portable or stationary

  • the location for the garden ( ensure sufficient space so that fire alarms,  vents, hallways, and doors are not blocked; available sunlight)

 

·         Student Permission  -at least a month prior to starting garden

Send home permission slips, found in the appendix, for participation in the gardening project.  Be sure that all staff members are aware of which students may not participate in the gardening and/or eating of plants.  Be sure that all staff members are aware of any students with allergies, health concerns, or intolerances.

 

Let’s Get Growing

·         Creating Your Garden  -at least a month prior to starting garden

  • Shop for soil, seeds, seedlings, and containers.

  • The soil in which to plant should be sold commercially in bags and purchased or donated from a local nursery or store.

  • Follow the BCPS guidelines for materials/supply use, planting, and gardening.

  • Decide on a planting day(s).  

·         Maintaining Your Garden

  • Establish a watering schedule and plan for each week, including holidays/school closings. 

  • Monitor garden for harvesting plants.

  • All edible plants must be harvested before the end of the school year.

Resource Contacts

·         BCPS

Getting Started

×          Dawn Dawson, Resource Teacher, Office of Science ddawson@bcps.org, 443-809-4251

 

·         Baltimore County Maryland Extension Service/University of Maryland

Optional support from a Master Gardener for starting and maintaining an edible garden.

 

 

·    Edible Gardens Harvesting Calendar

The crops listed below are currently the only plants which can be grown at BCPS facilities.  Additional crops will be added as they are evaluated.  

 

Baltimore County Public Schools Edible Gardens Harvesting Schedule

 

 

March

April

May

June

Herbs

 

Number of Days

 

 

 

 

Basil

30-70

 

 

 

 

 

Chives

75-80

 

 

 

 

 

Dill

40-55

 

 

 

 

Parsley

70-80

 

 

 

 

 

Peppermint

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spearmint

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

Baltimore County Public Schools Edible Gardens Harvesting Schedule

 

 

March

April

May

 June

Vegetables

 

Number of Days

 

 

 

 

Leaf Lettuce

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Lettuce

45-60

 

 

 

 

Red Lettuce

30-40

 

 

 

 

 

Arugula

25-40

 

 

 

 

 

Spinach

40

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Peas

60

 

 

 

 

Snap Peas

60

 

 

 

 

Green Beans

60

 

 

 

 

                 

 Note:  Table schedules reflect variables such as starting herbs and vegetables indoors as transplants or use of portable gardens.  Sowing seeds outdoors (frost-free) in Zone 7 can range from early April until mid-May.

The number of days is an estimate time from sow to harvest.

Peanuts, strawberries, and root vegetables may not be grown in a BCPS garden.  If there is a vegetable or herb that you would like to include in your school garden that is not listed in this schedule, please contact the Office of Science (443-809-4251).

 

 

 

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Tier III:

Raised Bed and Tilled Gardens


Description

Tier III, Raised Bed and Tilled Gardens, can only occur in outdoor spaces where the public does not have access (courtyards and high fenced areas). A raised bed is defined as a garden that is planted above the ground and confined by timber, recycled plastic, and other constructions to designate an area for planting.  A tilled garden is where the ground is excavated and plants are grown directly in the soil. The size of these gardens can vary; they can be permanent or semi-permanent gardens up to four feet by sixteen feet with a maximum of three gardens per school.

 

 

·         Planning Your Garden  -at least a month prior to starting garden

Decide on-

  • the type of garden your school will be starting, e.g., leafy greens, herbs, beans, peas

  • the type of containers that you will be using, e.g., salad box or small container, portable or stationary

  • the location for the garden ( ensure sufficient space so that fire alarms,  vents, hallways, and doors are not blocked; available sunlight)

 

·         Student Permission  -at least a month prior to starting garden

Send home permission slips, found in the appendix, for participation in the gardening project.  Be sure that all staff members are aware of which students may not participate in the gardening and/or eating of plants.  Be sure that all staff members are aware of any students with allergies, health concerns, or intolerances.

 

Let’s Get Growing

·         Creating Your Garden  -at least a month prior to starting garden

  • Shop for soil, seeds, seedlings, and containers.

  • The soil in which to plant should be sold commercially in bags and purchased or donated from a local nursery or store.

  • Follow the BCPS guidelines for materials/supply use, planting, and gardening.

  • Decide on a planting day(s).  

·         Maintaining Your Garden

  • Establish a watering schedule and plan for each week, including holidays/school closings. 

  • Monitor garden for harvesting plants.

  • All edible plants must be harvested before the end of the school year.

Resource Contacts

·         BCPS

Getting Started

×          Dawn Dawson, Resource Teacher, Office of Science ddawson@bcps.org, 443-809-4251

 

·         Baltimore County Maryland Extension Service/University of Maryland

Optional support from a Master Gardener for starting and maintaining an edible garden.

 

Let’s Get Growing

·         Creating Your Garden  -at least two months prior to starting garden

  • Shop for gardening materials, including hardware and structural materials, soil, seeds, and seedlings.  If ordering materials, be sure to take into account the timeline for delivery.

  • The soil in which to plant should be sold commercially in bags and purchased or donated from a local nursery or store.

  • Prior to planting, tilled gardens must have the soil tested by the recommended testing facility,  see appendix.

  • Follow the BCPS guidelines for materials/supply use, planting, and gardening as provided in the appendix.

  • Decide on a planting day(s).  

Resource Contacts

·         BCPS

Getting Started

×          Dawn Dawson, Resource Teacher, Office of Science ddawson@bcps.org, 443-809-4251

 

·         Baltimore County Maryland Extension Service/University of Maryland

Support from a Master Gardener for starting and maintaining an edible garden.

 

·    Edible Gardens Harvesting Calendar

The crops listed below are currently the only plants which can be grown at BCPS facilities.  Additional crops will be added as they are evaluated.  

 

Baltimore County Public Schools Edible Gardens Harvesting Schedule

 

 

March

April

May

June

Herbs

 

Number of Days

 

 

 

 

Basil

30-70

 

 

 

 

 

Chives

75-80

 

 

 

 

 

Dill

40-55

 

 

 

 

Parsley

70-80

 

 

 

 

 

Peppermint

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spearmint

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

Baltimore County Public Schools Edible Gardens Harvesting Schedule

 

 

March

April

May

 June

Vegetables

 

Number of Days

 

 

 

 

Leaf Lettuce

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Lettuce

45-60

 

 

 

 

Red Lettuce

30-40

 

 

 

 

 

Arugula

25-40

 

 

 

 

 

Spinach

40

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Peas

60

 

 

 

 

Snap Peas

60

 

 

 

 

Green Beans

60

 

 

 

 

                 

 Note:  Table schedules reflect variables such as starting herbs and vegetables indoors as transplants or use of portable gardens.  Sowing seeds outdoors (frost-free) in Zone 7 can range from early April until mid-May.

The number of days is an estimate time from sow to harvest.

Peanuts, strawberries, and root vegetables may not be grown in a BCPS garden.  If there is a vegetable or herb that you would like to include in your school garden that is not listed in this schedule, please contact the Office of Science (443-809-4251).

 

  

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