is time to get started with garden preparations for the spring, but
before you pick up a shovel or begin choosing your plants you need
to make a plan.
is an exciting part of gardening when you can work as a team to decide
on locations, shape, and size.
Without your plan preparation for your GIS Garden Map and general
layout of plants will not be possible, without the "Plan" you won't
know what will and won't fit in your garden. Your garden will be better
organised and easier to manage as a result of preparing a clear plan.
should measure the outer boundaries of the plot.
1. Work out a scale that you can draw onto paper, this will help define
the online GIS map.
the GIS map you will want to gather latitude and longitude of each
of your planter boxes or garden plots.
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here first to login your class project.
Mark on to your plans existing features in the
garden such as trees and ponds. This can be done by drawing a grid
onto the plan outline. Square
metres are an ideal grid size .
3. Measure the
distances to the existing features from the boundary. Once you have
done this you can convert the measurements using the scale and draw
a plan of the outer edge of the garden area and the existing features.
4. On copies of
the plan or tracing overlays draw and list what you would like to
go in the garden.
• always mark which direction is north.
• Take note and include the full spread of tree canopies, and buildings
the shade they cast will affect planting decisions. It is surprising
how far the branches spread across the garden. Areas uner tree canopies
are always dry, as well as shady.
include any problems, such as a waterlogged area.
• be realistic about what will fit into the garden.
activities and investigations can your students undertake which are
part of your standard curriculum?
English - Group work and discussion.
Drawing the plan - art and design
Maths - collecting information.
Geography - Using scale, drawing maps and plans.
Information Communication Technology - Research,
collecting and entering data to use a computer program for the plan.
As you are Planning the garden layout:
Art and Design - Exploring and developing ideas.
Maths - Real life measurements and distances.
English - Research, reading and discussion.
Geography - Using scale.