Direct Sowing at Clifford

Direct sowing of beans!

On Tuesday April 25th we learned about Direct Sowing! Direct sowing simply means, directly planting a seed into the ground vs. planting in seedling trays. We talked about why direct sowing is done, why gardeners or farmers may choose to do trays first for starting seeds, and it’s benefits. For the upper grade classes, each student received a seed packet, to read the information on it, specifically the “direct sowing” and/or “starting indoors” instructions.  Because we had just talked about warm and cool season veggies the week before,students got the chance to direct sow different warm season veggie seeds in the garden. Since there were still cool season veggies in the garden,the upper grades were able to clear a bed to prep for direct sowing of seeds. Most of the clearing were lettuces, so all classes ended with a taste of a salad with strawberries from the garden!

Clearing of the lettuces!

Clearing of the lettuces!

Direct sowing of beans!

Direct sowing of beans!

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Upper grades reading the seed packet.

5th grader reading the seed packet.

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Lettuce and strawberries from the garden, with a rice vinegar/olive oil dressing!

-Ranger Cindy

On Tuesday April 25th we learned about Direct Sowing! Direct sowing simply means, directly planting a seed into the ground vs. planting in seedling trays. We talked about why direct sowing is done, why gardeners or farmers may choose to do trays first for starting seeds, and it’s benefits. For the upper grade classes, each student received a seed packet, to read the information on it, specifically the “direct sowing” and/or “starting indoors” instructions.  Because we had just talked about warm and cool season veggies the week before,students got the chance to direct sow different warm season veggie seeds in the garden. Since there were still cool season veggies in the garden,the upper grades were able to clear a bed to prep for direct sowing of seeds. Most of the clearing were lettuces, so all classes ended with a taste of a salad with strawberries from the garden!

Clearing of the lettuces!

Clearing of the lettuces!

Direct sowing of beans!

Direct sowing of beans!

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Upper grades reading the seed packet.

5th grader reading the seed packet.

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Lettuce and strawberries from the garden, with a rice vinegar/olive oil dressing!

-Ranger Cindy

Cindy Soto

Cindy Soto is an avid gardener and foodie. She camps a lot and she lives in Highland Park. She is the Garden Ranger at Delevan Drive Elementary.

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