Rio Vista – Saving and Planting seeds!
Hello Garden friends,
Today was the second week of garden class at Rio Vista. That means we got to progress beyond the introduction and rules and move into more fun learning activities! First we started by clearing out some of the dry corn so that we could save some seeds. In doing so we exposed a female praying mantis camouflaged against the golden grain. She had company! Attached by the abdomen was a male who had already lost his head to the female. The female needs lots of energy to produce about 200 eggs per year. While mating she hunts less, and needs more energy to produce offspring. So, the male becomes a sacrifice to ensure that his offspring get a chance to hatch.
Next to the decapitated male was another waiting his turn to potentially mate with the female.
After saving seeds, we got to plant a few different varieties of cold season seeds. Carrots, strawberries, and arugula seeds made it into containers fed in our seedling station. Snap peas and a few lettuces got directly seeded into the bed. All of this practical garden work mixed with some information about warm and cold seasons, plant parts, and life cycles.
Finally, after work.. several of the students chose to visit the praying manti again, though a few took me up on my offer of harvesting tomatoes. We have several kinds for tasting this year. Pictured below are sungolds, yellow pears, and black cherry tomatoes. Bon appetit!
Until next time, Jeff Mailes
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