Direct Sowing at Whaley

With the garden cleaned out and plenty of open spaces, I had the students “direct sow” some summer fruit seeds.  I explained to the kids why we sometimes opt for starting seeds in trays verses starting seeds inground (direct sowing).  Some seeds grow best when started indoors in controlled temperatures, so we grow them in trays to monitor them closely.  When our weather becomes consistently moderate, direct sowing seeds can work well especially for summer vegetables and fruit. Root vegetables should always be started by direct sowing…their roots do not like being disturbed by transplanting.

The students chose seeds from a nice variety of heat loving plants. They read the information on the seed packet, sowed their seeds and watered. Later, we snacked on fresh lettuces and tajin…their favorite!


Alex Aleshire

Alex Aleshire has been playing in the dirt for as long as she can remember! As an avid edible gardener with a background in child development, she has a passion for connecting people with the earth. After designing “Outdoor Classroom”  gardens for several schools, she became a Los Angeles Master Gardener and a Grow LA Victory Garden coordinator. “Helping children gain respect for where their food comes from and teaching them that their choices about food affect their health, the environment, and their communities, is a great passion of mine” When Alex isn’t gardening, she’s over the potter’s wheel, painting, camping and taking care of her kids, hubby, pups, cats, chicks, bees, turtle and fish! Whew!