School Garden Resources


Welcome to our School Garden Resources page!

We hope you find the following information on creating and maintaining a school garden helpful.


General Guide (covers most topics):


Management Staff


Picking a Site

  • Soil Testing (if growing in existing soil) – free through the University of Arkansas Extension Service
    • This is especially important for soil pH, which should be in the 6 to 7 range for most crops.
    • Test for lead (Pb), if soil contamination is suspected (especially near painted buildings built before 1978, when lead paint was outlawed).
  • Sunlight: Locate the garden where it will get at least 6 hours of sunlight daily year-round. If not possible, many crops will still grow decently in less than 6 hours of sunlight.
  • Water: Make sure water is easily accessible throughout the garden for crop irrigation.
  • Ideas for different types of gardens: Growing School Gardens: Annie’s How-to Guide for Five Kinds of Children’s Gardens 


Curriculum Materials




Horticultural Resources


Local Resources


Other Quality Resources