Create Your Own: Planter Box

The Edible Schoolyard Project
Berkeley, CA

Building a planter box is a simple way to start gardening. This lesson will help you build your own planter box using a few simple items that you can get at any hardware or garden store or by upcycling things you have already.
Student Learning Goals & Objectives: 

Students will...

  • Understand why both drainage and irrigation are important for plant health
  • Identify various sources of organic plant fertilizers
  • Build their self-efficacy in gardening
  • Practice following a multistep procedure
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Teaching Notes: 
  • Students may need support using a drill, knife, or punch to create drainage holes in the bottom of the container.
  • The “student notes” section of the lesson offers great ways to extend this lesson.
  • For sections that instruct students to READ, you can record yourself reading aloud and send it to students. Direct them to read along with the recording. This is a helpful strategy for differentiating learning that supports all students, especially English Language Learners.
  • The READ sections can also serve as talking points for teachers if the lesson is being taught in person.
  • If students are completing this lesson as part of Know, Sow, Grow this is lesson four.