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Location, Location, Location

Organise your space before you start. By making sure that you have chosen the right location and got everything ready it will lead to bigger and more successful harvests. Getting good results will make children more confident about what they are doing - and encourage them to try more unusual food because they have grown it themselves.

Choose your spot carefully. Make sure it will get plenty of sun and is not too overshadowed by trees or building. Avoid locations near a road as car emissions can be toxic. The spot should be fully accessible on all sides. Make sure there is enough space around the plot that several children can work safely on the plot at the same time.

Children will need to reach all sides of the plot so a path is needed around it. A bark path is a good option as this is soft if children fall on it. Bark is a hard wearing substance which can withstand lots of walking and pushing of wheelbarrows. It absorbs water so will not leave space for puddles on wet days or when over-enthusiastic watering is underway.

If you are using containers, choose a spot where all sides of the container will be in the sunlight. This will also make access easier. Containers should not be placed in a location where children can fall over them or run into them by accident when playing. Group containers together. This will help prevent containers from over-heating during hot summer days. It will also make watering easier. Ensure that large plants do not overshadow smaller ones.

No matter what option has been chosen - containers or digging a vegetable plot; the compost bin and waterbutt should not be too far away. It can be heavy and tiring work carrying full watering cans.

The waterbutt should have a sturdy lid which can be locked in place ensuring that younger children cannot get into it.

Storing Tools and Equipment

When organising your space consider where tools and equipment will be left when not in use. It needs to be a secure, lockable space. Tools and equipment of any kind, even children's tools, are often stolen. If using an outside shed make sure there is a strong padlock on the door. If tools are to be kept inside the school, the location should be as close as possible to an outside door as carrying tools around the school building can lead to accidents. Tools can also be dirty - bringing extra dirt into the building may not be popular!

Seeds need to be kept in a dry box or tin. Seed trays, pots and compost should be stored away. Always wash seed trays and pots after use. This will decrease the risk of any disease build up.
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