Fall Planting

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Materials: Civic Garden Center Seed Package and fall planting guide, flour (optional), seed tape, plant ID sticks/tags access to water, and a compass.

Hooray, you’re ready to plant! On your fall planting guide from the Civic Garden Center, you’ll notice that you need to orient yourself so you know which direction is north. Once you know which direction is north, you can use the planting grid to guide you in planting your seeds.

We started by planting the seed tape. The planting guide was referenced to determine the square foot plots to place the various seeds. Soil was lightly spread on top of the whole piece of seed tape, a layer with a depth about the diameter of the seed being planted. The name of the plant was then written on a popsicle stick and stuck in the plot for plant identification purposes. This process was then repeated for each piece of seed tape. We had created seed tape for Arugula, Cilantro, Lettuce, Kale, Sorrel, and Swiss Chard since it is recommended to plant 4 seeds or less per square foot for these plants. We learned about seed squares after planting, so we didn’t create any! Next time!

For plants with recommendations of six seeds or more per square foot, we first decided to mark the planting spacing with flour. For example, for carrots and radishes it is recommended that 16 seeds be plants per square foot. We marked a pattern of 4 rows by four columns, with marks evenly spread and not too close to the plot border. We then moved markings if necessary, created shallow holes, and placed one to two seeds in each hole. The seeds were them covered with a layer of soil the depth of their diameter and a popsicle stick identifying the plant was placed in the plot. This process was used for the carrots, radishes, peas, and spinach. Flour was used to mark the first few plots, but after we felt more comfortable that step was skipped.

After all the seeds were planted, the whole bed was watered. We then checked to make sure all of the seeds were still covered by soil. Vegetables need an inch of water a week to stay healthy, thus, we are continuing to water the bed at least once a day, depending on the weather. We suggesting placing a rain gauge in your garden and feeling the soil to help determine how much to water and when.

This, of course, is a suggestion and guide for planting all of your seeds in the same 4×8 bed. If you choose to change the order or plant your seeds in different beds that’s up to you and your students! If you discover something or try something new that works well, please share with us so we can spread the word to others!

If you have questions, would like support or have something interesting to share, please email us at youtheducation@civicgardencenter.org!


Fall Planting Photos! 


Planting the seed tape



Using flour to mark the spacing for the carrot seeds



Planting the spinach



The garden planted for fall!



Remember to water! Veggies need an inch of water per week.

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