Harvesting Seeds | Foster

Today we learned about where seeds come from (flowers and fruits). I showed the students some examples of flowers (zinnias, blanket flowers and sunflowers) which died but have seeds accumulated in the center. We might be sad that the flower is gone but we can be happy because the center carries lots and lots of seeds for new flowers!

We also talked about examples of fruits, which have seeds on the inside; some we eat and some we don’t (like a mango seed versus watermelon seeds). Together, the students and I pulled out the center of the flowers and tried to find the seeds. We also split open a sunflower seed capsule to find the real seed inside. We talked about the fact that the seed coat protects the seed from moisture and weather until it’s time for them to grow.

Lastly, we looked in the garden for examples of flowers which had seeds ready to collect. Some students pulled off blanket flower seeds from the plant and put them in  bag to save. Our borage plants also produce a lot of seeds (featured image)!

Harvest from the garden for the teachers!

Harvest from the garden for the teachers! Russian and curly kales, rainbow chard, rosemary, arugula, lettuce and broccoli!

Hope Cox

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.