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Session 4 Installation of the Garden Lesson Plan

OVERVIEW: A garden needs a space for the growing containers and the garden needs to be protected from irresponsible people, animals, birds and other pests. It also need to be protected from adverse climate conditions and needs the right amount of sun each day

PURPOSE: To help the garden owner understand how to set up a simplified hydroponics garden at her home.


  1. Understand what type of space is necessary for a successful garden
  2. Understand how climate or weather can effect garden produce
  3. Know how to build a protected garden
  4. Know how to build a living fence
  5. Knowing how to build a garden that can be moved

RESOURCES/MATERIALS: For the practical part of the class, the students design a simplified hydroponic garden for their homes. They draw the space on a piece of paper and then materials to build growers and put in space. They also need materials to simulate clear and opaque plastic, black plastic, shade cloth to build climate controls.

Home Hydroponic Gardens Garden Location
Greenhouse Manual
Hydroponic Projects
Comic Book about building a garden
Comic page on locating a garden

Living Fences

Blackberry Fence
Berries in hydroponics


  1. Present the slides for Installation of the garden, all three units
  2. Take time for questions from the students or comments
  3. Do the practical clay table designs for designing the garden space at their homes.
  4. Do a fabrics and poles model of weather protection
  5. Meet for a review of the material

Slide Shows

  1. 4.1 Finding a place for your garden
  2. 4.2 Productive and Protective Fences
  3. 4.3 Protection from Weather

TYING IT TOGETHER: At the end of the session, the student should have a feel and understanding for the needs of a famly garden and where they have some space. They should also understand the climate issues and how the garden might need protection.

Revised: 1 January 2005
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