Gardener Scout Interest Badge
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Do either Flower garden or Vegetable garden
THE FLOWER GARDEN
- Plan a flower sequence for an ornamental bed to ensure blossom from October to March. Plant and grow successfully for one season six kinds of flowers from seeds or cuttings.
- Prepare and then discuss with the examiner a plan for a layout of a herbaceous border with particular reference to continuity of bloom, colour schemes and comparative height.
- Identify and have a general knowledge of six in each category of the following chosen by the examiner in a park or garden:
- ornamental trees and/or shrubs
- indigenous flowers or shrubs
- rockery plants.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of controlling plant pests and diseases. Demonstrate how to spray washes and use dusting powders.
- Discuss the following:
- types of soil and the preparation and care of soil
- how to make a compost heap
- how and when to apply fertilizers and manures
- the amount of water required by plants
- methods of propagating plants.
- Explain the propagation, planting and lifting of bulbs.
- Show the examiner a rose bush, shrub or tree pruned by yourself and discuss the choice of tools and purpose of pruning, budding and grafting.
THE VEGETABLE GARDEN
- Plan, prepare and maintain a vegetable garden at your home or school for at least one season in which at least six different types of vegetables are produced.
- Discuss the principles of the trench-gardening method. Explain how crop rotation can ensure proper plant nourishment, minimise certain insect damage and provide sufficient vegetables all year round.
- Make and maintain a compost heap. Discuss the following with the examiner:
- the use of animal, green and liquid manure
- the use of wood ash
- the importance of mulching.
- Demonstrate the use of home-made pesticides, insecticides and fungicides.
- Make an item of gardening equipment such as a soil sieve, scoop, spade, hoe, rake, or bucket.
- Demonstrate the cleaning, bunching, or packing of vegetables. Explain how vegetables can be stored in order to keep them dry and safe from vermin and insects.
- Explain the nutritional value of:
- three root or tuber vegetables
- three fruits or vegetables which bear above the ground
- three leafy green vegetables.
Requirements in PDF
- Food For Life - Starter Badge
- Food For Life - Silver Badge
- Food for Life - Gold Scout Interest Badge
- Farmer Interest Badge