Back to School Garden Guide

The “Back to School Garden” technique is designed to fit the school calendar. It features vegetables that students

can help plant in the spring that require very minimal maintenance/watering over the summer and will then produce

a great harvest of winter squash, sunflowers and popping corn just in time for students to come back to school in the

fall. It also prevents weeds and improves soil quality. After harvesting the garden in September, we are encouraging

schools to then plant a fall garden of kale, chard, lettuce, peas and herb seedlings to grow for the cafeteria. Below is

a 8 step spring prep guide. ReTreeUS has been working to promote this technique with the Maine School Garden Network. Check it out, feel free to contact us (​ with questions and happy back to school gardening!​