Reading Seed Packets and Starting Seedlings at TTR!

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On this beautiful Saturday we learned to read seed packets and start summer seedlings. Alexys was unable to teach so I, Ranger Claire, got a chance to get acquainted with the TTR farm. I was so excited to be in a garden with chickens and ducks walking around!

We started the class by measuring out and marking planting depth sticks. The girls got very creative in decorating these sticks. We then pulled out summer flower and vegetable seed packets and practiced reading them. At the top we find a chart advising planting depth and spacing for transplanting. Beneath the chart, there lies a paragraph giving detailed guidelines for when and where to plant. We filled cups with fresh soil and made holes with our new measuring sticks at the depth required by the seed chart. We started flower and vegetable seedlings that will be used in school gardens all over Los Angeles!

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Later in the day we weeded around the garden and harvested broccoli for a tasty honey mustard salad. Check out the recipe we used below 🙂

Toss together the following:

  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 15-ounce can drained and rinsed chickpeas
  • 5 sliced scallions
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1 minced clove garlic

Whisk the following together then pour over mixture. 

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

Serve and enjoy!

 

Happy seed starting!

-Ranger Claire

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Claire Heddles

Claire is a researcher and sociologist who grew up in Tucson, AZ. She loves being outside and sharing the joy of growing with the kids at Utah Street School.

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