There are many benefits to growing your cafeteria’s own food:
- It tastes better.
- It benefits the environment to have organic food grown close to you.
- It is healthier.
- You can bring awesome vegan foods like spaghetti squash and amaranth to your cafeteria.
Gardening is complicated, and I barely understand it myself. Since I’m not a gardening expert, this guide is not complete. But as time goes on, and I learn to garden more, I will add much more information to this guide. In the meantime, use other sources to learn to garden. Or, until I add more to this guide, work on other projects.
Overall, you will mess up the first few times you garden. You will make mistakes. That’s inevitable. Just make sure to learn from your mistakes, and try again.
My school’s club chose not to plant our garden in a vertical tower. Growing food in a tower is much easier, and saves a ton of space. Garden towers cost about U.S. $250, but you can learn how to fund them here.
Since I do not know how to garden outside of a tower, this guide will explain how to garden inside a garden tower.
First, when gardening, timing is important. Certain foods grow in certain seasons, and need to planted at certain times in the season. To learn more, see this link.
Some plants, when planted together, help each other, and some harm each other. To learn more, see this link.
See this link for answers to frequently asked questions about gardening in a garden tower.
So how do you start the garden? Here’s how:
- Apply for a grant or fundraise at least 500 US dollars.
- Order the tower.
- Buy at least 8 cubic feet of potting soil.
- Buy seeds.
- Buy worms.
- Find a 2.5 inch wrench, and a stool to set up the tower.
- Follow the instructions on the garden tower package to set up the tower. You can do this during an extended club meeting, or on a special weekend meeting.