Tonight I led a discussion at Cub Scouts with 6 kids about running a garden, starting seeds, what plants grow well here and what plants go into certain foods (pizza sauce, salsa, etc). I also talked about how these plants start small and end up pretty big all from the energy of the sun, the soil, the fertilizer in the soil and time.
Overall it went a lot better than I expected, although I didn’t cover as much as I had hoped. I took a lot of my early seeds there tonight and had them do my work for me (he he). I’ll still be stuck doing maters, peppers and other late season plants. The downside is that I ended up with A LOT of trays planted but not really any idea what went in them. One kid dumped a whole packet of lettuce seeds on his trays. Another planted way more kale than I could ever wish to have, but, I figured that would happen when I decided to do this.
Man, 6 kids firing rapid fire questions at you while you try to maintain some calm is tough. Not to mention massive amounts of seed mixture and worm castings are flying around. The boys got a huge kick out of worm poop as fertilizer in the mixture. I think maybe more lecture before they got started with the dirt would have been better. After the dirt came out all bets were off!
The plan is for them to come back in May to see how the seeds turned out. We’ll also talk about garlic, potatoes and other plants that I didn’t bring at that time. Not to mention they are very excited to see the chickens.