Direct Sowing at Delevan Drive

On Wednesday April 26th and Thursday April 27th 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. The upper grades were able to clear a bed to prep for direct sowing of seeds. I also noticed that the first Marigold of the garden is starting to bloom!

Clearing of cool season veggies!

Clearing of cool season veggies!

Planting seeds!

Planting seeds!

Reading the seed packet.

Reading the seed packet.

Marigold starting to bloom!

Marigold starting to bloom!

Salad with rice vinegar/olive oil dressing and carrots on the side!

Salad with rice vinegar/olive oil dressing and carrots on the side!

 

Thursday was the last day for the 6 week rotation classes, and many had testing, so we had a few classes missing, but the kinder students had the chance to plant sunflowers! The interns and I were able to get some good work in, mulched and cleaned up where our new natives are located and planted seedlings! We ended the warm day with a nice cooling salad with carrots!

Direct sowing sunflower seeds with the kinder students!

Direct sowing sunflower seeds with the kinder students!

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Showing students the recipe of the day!

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Our three natives looking great surrounded by mulch!

-Ranger Cindy

 

Cindy Soto