The Garden at Oswegatchie School is a sustainable organic garden where children get a hands on experience learning where their food comes from while developing an appreciation and respect for nature. The Garden will be a learning center to teach gardening as well as incorporating art, music, literature, math and science. It is a place where children are encouraged to join in and participate in the process of creating, developing and maintaining the garden!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sharing Seeds from the Garden

As payment for all of their hard work in the Garden, club members will receive 3 packets of organic seeds saved from last year's harvest. They can all be planted now and will be able to be harvested in a short amount of time. All of these seeds can be grown in containers or planted directly in the ground. The pictures below are from last years school garden.

Kale - Blue Curled Scotch
Plant now or wait until 3 months before expected fall frost. Sow 1/4-1/2 inch deep.Days to maturity - 55. Harvest by clipping individual leaves around 4-5 weeks old.

Lettuce- Rouge d'Hiver
Cool weather lettuce that grows best when temps are between 60-65 degrees but will germinate even at temps in the 40's. Sow seeds on surface,  cover lightly with approximately 1/8 inch of soil, then tamp lightly. 28 days to maturity. 

Greens- Ruby Streaks
Sow from early spring to late summer.Sow 1/4 -1/2 inch deep. 
 Cut when greens reach full size (12-18 inches). 
Days to maturity- 21 baby, 40 full size. 

By saving seeds  and regrowing them every year, they will become fully adapted to the region, resistant to pests and will produce bigger yields. This is why heirloom seeds, especially those from your specific region are the most prolific ones in your garden. Saving seeds  preserves genetic diversity, flavor and nutrition, unique varieties, and cultural heritage. 
Our hope is that each club member grows the seeds, saves seed from the plants, and shares them with other gardeners. Let's keep these organic beauties going!!

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