Bryson Elementary: Student transplant seedlings

(Photo: “I am in charge of all seeds” by poppet with a camera is licensed under CC by 2.0)

For many gardeners, planting is the most exciting part of gardening. Students are no different–except for those who go crazy for worms. For those students, worms come in first place every single time. But for those more squeamish students, planting seedlings and sowing seeds are just as satisfying. 

I tell my students at Bryson Elementary that we are unusually fortunate in southern California because of our long growing season. It’s as if we have two growing seasons, two springs.

And after an unseasonably warm October and September–it was 90 degrees more than once in October in South Gate–our plants are finally ready for planting. The drip irrigation is fixed and the seedlings have a chance.

In class, the students learn to separate the seedlings and hold the delicate plants in their hands. When given a little living organism, students take their responsibilities seriously.

Among the vegetables planted are frost hardy greens like Swiss Chard, Dinosaur Kale, Spinach and Broccoli. Amazingly, spinach can take sub freezing temperatures and if properly mulched, temperatures below freezing. Get planting. It’s rarely too late in southern California.

Christine Lai

Christine Lai is a UCCE Master Gardener who joined Enrich LA in 2016. She began gardening in California in 2013 when she removed her parents’ lawn and replaced it with water wise landscaping. Today, her interests have widened to include edible and native plant gardening. She keeps a worm bin and misses the open compost pile in her old home terribly.