Thursday, February 27, 2014

What to plant now in the garden

Here are some recommendations for vegetables to plant and also a summary of what we are planting in the Marquez School garden in late February and early March.

Recommended Vegetables to Plant via the National Garden Association

The National Garden Association recommends to plant the following in March in Southern California: beets, caraway, celery, carrots, chard, chervil, chives, collards, cilantro, dill, endive, fennel, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuces, mustards, green onions, bulb onion sets, flat-leafed parsley, peas, white potatoes, radishes, shallots, spinach, and turnips. Indoors, start eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes. You can plant seed potatoes (from nurseries or garden websites) in your garden or cut the eyes off of organic potatoes and plant them in the garden.  
What's Growing and Being Planted at Marquez
The kids are harvesting arugula, sugar snap peas, carrots, chives, mint, and strawberry guavas. They will start harvesting beets and lettuce next week. We have done a second planting of broccoli in newly protected beds.
They are planting tomato seeds in seed trays. The kale and spinach seeds that Ms. Gardner's class have planted in the ground are sprouting. Some second grade classes and fifth grade classes will be transplanting kale and sugar snap pea seedlings into beds next week. In addition, we are still planting lettuce seeds in the ground.  We will start zucchini seeds soon in seedling trays.
The Current Favorite Crop at Marquez
The fruit from our strawberry guava tree is a big favorite this year! Last year we had no fruit but right now we're enjoying the second crop of strawberry guavas for this school year! Stop by the garden soon for a taste!

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