Starting seeds at Foster

The weather is finally beginning to cool off in Los Angeles but the daytime’s hot temps continue, leaving us urban farmers with a rather awkward planting season. Summer crops are beginning to die off and it’s still too hot to start autumn plants (root veggies and leafy greens). But this is a perfect opportunity to teach about the change of “seasons” in LA — hot and cold– and the plants that grow in each season.

We found a dead sunflower -- a good chance to introduce to the kids how seeds grow (from a plant first, before we plant them into the ground)!

We found a dead sunflower but it was a good chance to introduce to the kids how seeds grow (from a plant first, before we plant them into the ground)!

Afterwards, the students helped me to make seed tape - gluing seeds to paper towels or tissue paper. This method is a great way for kids to understand spacing with seeds and also keeps them from getting dirty just yet ;)

Afterwards, the students helped me to make seed tape – gluing seeds to paper towels or tissue paper. This method is a great way for kids to understand spacing with seeds and also keeps them from getting dirty just yet 😉

Soon we will be planting these seeds into the ground and watching these carrots grow! 🙂

Until then,
– Ranger Hope

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.