Rio Vista – Saving Seeds
Hello Garden Friends,
This week is all about making room for spring. I know, technically, we have another month before the spring equinox, but with higher than normal temperatures.. now seems as good a time as any to start clearing out the old plants and prepping the soil for the new ones.
With some of the older children we pulled out large mallow plants around the perimeter of the garden and chopped them up in one of my favorite compost relay activities. With the younger students we focused inside the beds and pulled out old basil plants.
To the youngest students pulling out plants seems mean, but when I explain that the plant is dying and we are helping it by saving and planting its seeds the students become much more hopeful. We are a part of this plants life cycle now and its babies will live on and grow.
The seeds were hard to find at first, but after finding the dead flowers and rubbing off the brown parts the small black seeds appeared and we saved them in an orange cup. I love the way the youngest children value the seeds like currency. They really are valuable!
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