Gardening Information

Suggested Plantings for Watsonville School Garden Partner School Gardens
Fruit Trees for CA School Gardens
Popular Perennials for CA School Gardens and Theme Garden Ideas
Vegetable Planting and Harvest Tips
The Gardening Seasons of Santa Cruz Area
Vegetable Planting Guide for Santa Cruz County
For the Gardener Monterey Bay Area Growing Tips
UC Master Gardener Program of the Monterey Bay - Useful Links      Home Page and Hotline

Crop Planning Resources

Planting Annual Crops - A primer and links
Annual Crop Planning - Handout and quick list

Here are the three main "windows" for planting and harvesting in a traditional school year calendar:
Late Spring Harvest – cool season crops planted in late winter-early spring can be harvested before school lets out.
Fall Harvest – warm season crops planted in late spring (right before school lets out) can be harvested when school starts back up assuming the garden is watered and weeded during the summer.
Fall/Winter Harvest – cool season crops planted in late summer-early fall can be harvested in the late fall-winter time.

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Late Fall Planting Ideas

Easy successful things to plant with kids in October/November
See the crop planning chart below for general ideas.

Other good things to plant:

Fava Beans - there is a bag of fava bean seeds in the seed file cabinet in the shed (back of top drawer). Plant about 6 inches apart for a good stand of cover crops that can be composted in the spring or grow out for beans to eat. I just kind of toss them (broadcast) on the garden bed and then have the kids poke them in.

Onion Sets or Garlic Cloves - good to plant now for late spring - summer harvest.

Flower Bulbs - you might want to plant them on the edges of your bed so they bulbs won't get in the way of as much when you dig the bed in the spring for more planting. Or you can dig them up and store them over the summer for planting again in the fall. Ideally you want to put them in a place that you don't have to dig much in.

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