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!