Bryson Elementary: The wonder of seeds

Leo Buscaglia, noted educator at the University of Southern California’s Department of Special Education said the following:

“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.”

There is something magical about seeds, which children grasp easily. At Bryson Elementary, students spot them in the basil plants and the sunflowers. The nasturtiums have naturalized and are cropping up right now in garden beds.

The sprouting lentils in the photograph above were an accident.¬†I had rinsed some lentils to cook and threw the remaining water into a container of micro greens. I didn’t think anything of the lentils that remained on top of the soil. Weeks later, with the cooler conditions, the lentils sprouted. As I tell students, you never know with seeds, so scatter some today.



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.