Planting the Seeds… 1.25.2015 LC

Sending out some photos and a very big THANK YOU to those who joined us for our Sunday afternoon lettuce challenge sowing.  Good luck little seeds!

Our germination mix, the recipe on the right, plus one extra part sand
Our germination mix, the recipe on the right, plus one extra part sand
Our seeds, donated by Botanical Interests
Our seeds, donated by Botanical Interests
quietly waiting for soil, water, sun and air...
quietly waiting for soil, water, sun and air…
A GEC middle school volunteer filling trays on sowing day.
A GEC middle school volunteer filling trays on sowing day.
each little cell received ~ four little seeds.  We use the high-tech technique of hand-sprinkling.
each little cell received ~ four little seeds. We use the high-tech technique of hand-sprinkling.
In ~ten minutes this young volunteer was able to hand-sprinkle ~115 seeds.
In ~ten minutes this young volunteer was able to hand-sprinkle ~115 seeds.
our volunteers are the best - with our group yesterday, it didn't take long at all, thanks :)
our volunteers are the best – with our group from PTAC Green Schools yesterday, it didn’t take long at all.
Watering from the top would drain out all the seeds and fine soil, so we place them in a tray, water from below, and let the soil pull up the water it needs.
Watering from the top would drain out all the seeds and fine soil, so we place them in a tray, water from below, and let the soil pull up the water it needs.  In the background, a Green Schools volunteer makes sure all the seeds are covered with a fine sprinkle of soil.
Each tray is covered.  Now we have mini greenhouses in the greenhouse.
Each tray is covered. Now we have mini greenhouses in the greenhouse.

Our core belief at the GEC Youth Programs is that community activities like this will plant the seeds of life-long learning, healthy living, and good stewardship.  My favorite quote from this activity?  A long-time greenhouse volunteer on Friday, amazed at how many trays could be filled with one seed packet, said it best, “when you come back to seeds you can really see, this is how you feed the world.”

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