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Solicit and acquire funding (Assign point persons to list in Goal II)

Purchase tools, materials and seeds/plants

Analyze soil for:

Potential remediation for contamination

Erosion problems

Water puddles on surface

Lack of adequate nutrients

Prepare site

Plan work day & assign volunteers to duties

Clean-up and remediation (remove items such as trash, weeds, shrubs, cement, brush, rocks, posts, etc.)

Determine amount of sunlight available for garden areas

Measure and layout garden areas

Work soil & apply organic soil amendment

Add to or reduce slope

Sowing or transplanting

Know your average last-frost date (specific to your location)

Determine your soil's temperature

Test soil moisture

Know your crops

Add organic matter (see Managing an Organic Garden)


Determine who will handle summer vacation upkeep and what will be considered weeds

Focus on weed prevention (see Managing an Organic Garden)

Stop the seed ("One year's seeding makes seven years weeding")

Grow plants close together

Pull them before they get established


Plant densely

Use plastic sheeting, newspaper or weed-barrier cloth over planting areas with holes for plants to grow through

Weed removal

Pull, don't yank, perennial weeds or use a shove to dig out persistent ones (get as much of root & runners as possible)

Use hoe to scrape off top layer of annuals (don't dig deeper than 1 inch)

Discourage Vandalism

Make a sign for the garden so people know it is a school project.

If using a fence, plant raspberries, roses or other thorny plants along a fence to act as a barrier to fence climbers

Include children in the garden development. They can often be the garden's best protectors

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